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Concept Of Sports — Undisputed Truth By Mark Hollis



By Mark Hollis

mark hollisRecently boxing great Floyd Mayweather defended his Super Welterweight title against Andre Berto and announced that he was retiring after the fight. The announcement confirmed what had been rumored throughout the boxing world. The win against Berto was Mayweather’s 49th, and tied him with Rocky Marciano as the only two boxers to be undefeated as champions. Floyd had alluded many times to walking away from boxing because there was nothing more to accomplish. He was the champion in five different weight classes: Super Featherweight, Lightweight, Light Welterweight, Welterweight, and Light Middleweight. Additionally, Floyd Mayweather is listed as the highest paid athlete in all of sports by Forbes Magazine. So what’s left? More titles? He’s tied for the most at five. Could it be more wins? He’s tied with Marciano with forty-nine. How about more money? He’s worth close to a billion dollars from earnings, promotions, and endorsements. On paper it clearly appears that Mayweather should be able to walk away without looking back. But if you ask the majority of the boxing pundits it’s only a matter of time before he’s lured back into the ring.

The list of former boxing champions that have come out of retirement to fight again is numerous. Names like Sugar Ray Leonard, Marvin Hagler, Julio Caesar Chavez, and Oscar De La Hoya are just a few that gave it one more try. For many fighters the return to the ring was because they had fallen on hard times and needed the money. For other’s it was for the notoriety and the fear of obscurity that comes with retirement. Regardless of the reason, the sad part is that boxing is all that they have ever known and found difficulty transitioning to life after the ring. But, Floyd Mayweather’s retirement casts a totally different shadow from those boxers.

So why do so many people believe he’ll return to fight another day? There is an element in boxing that wants to see Floyd Mayweather defeated. They consider him arrogant because of his celebrity status. He surrounds himself with the likes of music moguls like 50 Cent and Justin Bieber. He flashes around Las Vegas in super expensive exotic cars and he has been known to bet millions of dollars at the Casino’s. So this element would love for Floyd to come out of retirement in order to be pounded into submission. They want him dethroned and belittled. They are the same people who never wanted to see Marciano’s record of 49 wins tied, let alone broken. He is and forever will be considered the greatest boxing champion to have ever lived in their eyes.

My recommendation to Floyd is to stay put; he has nothing to prove to anyone. He needs to enjoy his family and feel blessed to have the lifestyle he has earned. The undisputed truth is that he is a super star boxing phenomenon and reigns supreme.