Floyd Mayweather Jr has killed all chances of a multi-million dollar showdown with pound-for-pound king and “Fighter of the Decade” Manny Pacquiao by announcing that he is “taking a year or two off” from boxing.
Viva Sports/Insidesports.ph monitored the TV interview during the “Make A Wish Foundation” charity affair in which Mayweather Jr made the statement when a reporter joked about Amando wanting to see him fight Pacquiao.
Amando was the young man whose wish was to meet his favorite fighter Mayweather Jr which Floyd granted. Amando is suffering from Hodgins disease which is a type of cancer originating from a person’s white blood cells..
Mayweather provided no indication of when or if he will return to the ring after his second break and said he didn’t know what the future was like.
He last took a 21 month break after a 10 round TKO of Ricky “The Hitman” Hatton on December 8, 2007 and returned to the ring on September 19, 2009 to score an easy twelve round unanimous decision over a much smaller and outclassed Juan Manuel Marquez after which he won another comfortable twelve round unanimous decision over WBA welterweight champion Shane Mosley although Mosley’s title was not on the line because Mayweather refused to pay his share of the sanction fees.
At this point there has been no word from either Golden Boy Promotions CEO Richard Schaefer or Top Rank promoter Bob Arum who were reportedly negotiating quietly to try and make a Pacquiao-Mayweather fight happen on November 13.
His failure to give any plausible reason for taking one or two years off is certain to fuel claims that Mayweather was scared to fight Pacquiao because of the chance that he could lose the battle as well as his undefeated record.
Pacquiao himself, the newly elected Congressman from Sarangani is not expected to fight much longer and was looking forward to ending his career on a high note with a win over Mayweather Jr. But now that this opportunity has apparently been denied him Pacquiao is expected to face either Miguel Cotto in a rematch should Cotto win the light middleweight title from WBA champion Yuri Foreman whom he fights on Sunday, Manila Time or Antonio Margarito with the name of Juan Manuel Marquez also in the lost of possibilities.