Floyd Mayweather Says He Will Retire from Boxing in 2014

Mick AkersAnalyst IMay 3, 2012

LAS VEGAS, NV - APRIL 24:  Boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. works out in front of the media at Mayweather Boxing Gym on April 24, 2012 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Getty Images)
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We now have a tentative time frame for when one of the best boxers of all time in Floyd Mayweather will step away from the ring and call it quits. Money May has said he wants to retire from boxing in 2014, according to ESPN boxing writer Dan Rafael's blog.

Mayweather said he wants to hang up his gloves when he is 37 years old, giving the pound-for-pound great around two years left in the ring.

Money May explained that his retirement plan is still tentative, saying, "It's just the number that I chose. I'm really not sure. Could be earlier, could be later, but that's just a reasonable number that I chose."

With Mayweather usually fighting once or twice a year, that would seemingly mean we have three or four more times to see one of the best fighters to ever lace up a pair of gloves in action.

But Money May said he has more than a few fights left for everyone to enjoy. According to Rafael, Mayweather said, "Of course, I want to give you guys more than just a few more fights. I want to—this fight (against Cotto) plus five more if I can."

This would mean that Mayweather would be more active than he has been over the past four-and-a-half years, as Money May has fought five times since December of 2007.

One of the fights everyone wants to see is the mega fight between Mayweather and fellow pound-for-pound great Manny Pacquiao, but there is just over a year left to get that rolling if Pacquiao's own retirement plans pan out.

Pac-Man has said he wants to retire in 2013 and fight around three more times after his June 9 bout with Timothy Bradley.

Let the countdown begin.

We have just two years left to enjoy Mayweather's sweet science in the ring and just around a year left to get the Mayweather-Pacquiao super bout going.

If the projected "biggest fight in boxing history" doesn't come to fruition, then it will be known as one of the biggest disappointments in sports history.