Floyd Mayweather may be retired from boxing, but he’s not really retired, provided that exhibition matches don’t count.
Mayweather recently fought reality star Logan Paul to what was officially termed a draw in their exhibition match. Mayweather was said to have made $65 million for his participation in that fight, including the fight itself, his promotion of it, and $30 million more than he made “in the buildup” to the contest.
There’s now speculation about when Mayweather may get back in the ring again, for another exhibition fight. But a member of Mayweather’s team has made clear who Mayweather won’t be fighting.
Mayweather is not interested in fighting Oscar De La Hoya, a contemporary of his who he previously fought and defeated in 2007.
“Absolutely not, it’ll never happen,” Mayweather’s manager, Leonard Ellerbe, told The Jake Ashman Show, as reported by GiveMeSport. “There is zero interest in doing it.”
“Oscar De La Hoya is just trying to use Floyd’s name to create some buzz about whatever he’s trying to attempt to do, and nobody’s really paying him any attention,” Ellerbe added.
The now 48-year-old De La Hoya is scheduled to fight UFC’s Vitor Belfort in an exhibition boxing match in September-
De La Hoya claims, to this day, that he won the fight with Mayweather in 2007, per Boxing News 24/7.
“I want to see how my body feels after this first one (with Vitor Belfort), and then I want to get back into it in November,” De La Hoya said in a recent interview, per the Boxing News story. “I’m not sure what day exactly, but November was the one-year anniversary of Triller, when Tyson fought…and then, who knows, challenge Anderson Silva who just beat Chavez Jr. And then in May, Cinco de Mayo, call out Floyd Mayweather.”
In the same interview, Ellerbe commented on the Mayweather-Paul fight.
“Logan Paul came to grapple… Floyd came to give the fans some great entertainment, and I still thought it was very entertaining, but Logan Paul wanted no part of ‘the little guy. The smaller guy was walking the bigger guy down, and the smaller guy was engaging while the bigger guy just wanted to grab and hold and lean on him.”
Mayweather announced last year that he had reached an agreement with Fubo TV for “virtual boxing,” which would involve Mayweather’s likeness being used in “futuristic technologies.” This was seen as a way to place Mayweather in “virtual fights” with other boxers including those who aren’t still alive. Nothing has been announced in regard to that since last April.
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