Floyd Mayweather Jr. has announced once again that he will be coming out of retirement, and it appears he has big plans in mind.
On Thursday night, Mayweather posted on his Instagram that he was ending his retirement. His post was accompanied by him writing, "Coming out of retirement in 2020."
Mayweather (50-0, 27 KOs) last competed in the boxing ring in August 2017 when he stopped Conor McGregor in the 10th round. The undefeated 42-year-old first retired from the sport in 2007 after knocking out Ricky Hatton in December 2007, but returned 22 months later to defeat Juan Manuel Marquez. From there, he regained and earned belts at welterweight and light middleweight, beating the likes of Manny Pacquiao and Saul “Canelo” Alvarez along the way.
His second retirement followed a decision win over Andre Berto in September 2015, defending several welterweight belts with that win but vacating them all by leaving the sport. His subsequent return came in that aforementioned bout with McGregor, and by stopping the Irishman, earned his first knockout dating back to a controversial finish of Victor Ortiz in 2011. Although retiring for the third time after beating McGregor, Mayweather appeared in 2018 for an exhibition at a Rizin Fighting Federation year-end card against Tenshin Nasukawa. At Rizin 14, Mayweather dropped Nasukawa three times to force a corner stoppage at 2:19 of the opening round.
Mayweather also posted a picture of him sitting with Ultimate Fighting Championship President Dana White at a Boston Celtics game on Wednesday. With the two of them sitting courtside, Mayweather wrote that he and White would be "working together again to bring the world another spectacular event in 2020." It is unclear if this means that Mayweather himself will be competing, or if he will be working through Mayweather Promotions to set something up. Their last event together was the Showtime Boxing card for Mayweather vs. McGregor, and that show sold a resounding 4.3 million pay-per-view buys. That total only trails Mayweather's bout with Pacquiao, which clocked in at 4.6 million buys -- the most in pay-per-view history.
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