Floyd Mayweather only wants to play ‘YouTubers or MMA guys’ in boxing, admits ‘I’m not what I once was’

Floyd Mayweather only wants to play ‘YouTubers or MMA guys’ in boxing, admits ‘I’m not what I once was’


Floyd Mayweather Jr. returned to the boxing ring on Sunday for an exhibition, defeating Japanese MMA fighter Mikuru Asakura in the second round of the Super RIZIN title in Saitama, Japan.

Although it was only an exhibition, the fight played out like a real fight, and some reporters questioned whether Floyd was preparing for a comeback against Manny Pacquiao in the post-fight press.

But rest assured, the 50-0 boxer is still retired and has no plans to fight former world champions or top boxers, admitting he’s not the fighter he once was and is interested in fighting ‘YouTubers or MMA guys’ in the future. .

“I’m retired from the sport, and I’m not going to let the sport retire me,” Mayweather, 45, said at Super Reign’s post-fight press conference.h/t Danny Segura of MMA Junkie). I always put myself in my place, like me – to fight at the highest level. I was in charge and in control.

“I’m not going in there with ex-fighters, ex-world champions, putting more abuse on my body. I retired for a reason. I’m here to have fun and enjoy myself – sometimes three rounds, sometimes eight rounds, with guys who help me entertain people.

“I will not take punishment until I can’t walk or talk,” he added. “Manny had a great career, but boxing retired Manny, Manny didn’t retire from boxing. There is a difference. Of course, if I were Manny Pacquiao, would I be attending an exhibition with Floyd Mayweather to get a payday? I absolutely will. But this time, I like to fight guys who are 15-0, 8-0. I will continue to do what I do and direct and control.

“That’s the thing – happiness and people getting a chance to see just my perspective. I know I’m not what I once was. I’m not ‘Pretty Boy’ Floyd or ‘Money’ Mayweather. But I can still go out and entertain the crowd.

Floyd will return to the ring for another show on November 13 at the Coca-Cola Arena in Dubai with YouTube star Deji Olatunji.

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