By Dion Johnson, Special to the AFRO

Look, I love Floyd Mayweather.

Well, I – and countless others – love what Mayweather has done with the sport of boxing via his business acumen and being able to deliver on his promises of victory, no matter how boring the fights may have been throughout his illustrious career.

But lately Mayweather has been hinting at making another comeback. Only this time, he said it won’t be in the boxing ring.

Boxer Floyd Mayweather, center, has been hinting at making another comeback. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)

During Showtime’s televised tripleheader headlined by Jarrett Hurd’s split decision victory over Erislandy Lara, Mayweather gave some subtle hints to Jim Gray about his future.  That future does not include the boxing ring anymore as he is “retired,” but it just may include the UFC Octagon.

“Retirement has been great, but as you know and everyone knows, I go in retirement and I come back,” said Mayweather during a ringside interview with Showtime during the  Hurd vs. Lara Fight. “It is possible I do come back, but if I do come back it has to be in the octagon.”

Floyd has long been known for his hyperbole, so being the professional interviewer he is, Gray pressed him again and Mayweather responded, “Absolutely. If the money is right. You got to talk to Showtime, CBS. The money is going to be crazy. I can do whatever I want to do. I’m Floyd Mayweather.”

Well then.

It all sounds good in theory, right?


Look, there would be only one reason to watch a 41-year-old boxer  make his debut in a totally different discipline of combat sports—to watch him get pummeled.

And he knows this.

Mayweather is a very shrewd individual.  He absolutely knows that he is indeed “The Bad Guy.” The core fan base of UFC fans despise Floyd and “what he stands for.” Why do you think the blatant money-grab of a fight with Connor McGregor was met with so much disdain from the UFC contingent? Floyd’s not one of them. He’s an amateur in the fighting for MMA fighters.

Mayweather said all the right things last night so this fight looks like its going to happen in the very near future.  But I would rather see Floyd end his storybook career as the undefeated Hall of Fame champion he is than sell himself out for another paycheck, no matter how hefty that bag is.

Dion Johnson

Special to the AFRO