Floyd Mayweather Jr.'s new deal with Showtime is the type of agreement that should, financially speaking, set a man up for life. Money would be wise to let this deal springboard him into a comfortable and fulfilled life after boxing.
Although the exact details of the deal are confidential (via Boxing Scene), it doesn't take a rocket scientist to see just how huge this is.
Showtime and CBS are collaborating to promote Mayweather's fights (up to six in a 30-month period) through their collective platforms and media resources.
It is said to be the largest deal in the history of the sport, and if all six fights actually take place, it could be the largest athlete deal in the history of athletics.
When I say money, you say Mayweather.
Critics can say what they want about his persona and any other aspect of his character. The truth is, the man is a machine in the ring, and he's proven himself to be a master at self-promotion.
There is no wonder that we see fighters like Adrien Broner emulating Money's style.
With this in place, there is no reason Mayweather should fight beyond this deal. The future Hall of Famer turns 36 on Sunday. He'll be 38 by the time the deal is done.
At best, his record would be 49-0 by this time, which is the same undefeated record Rocky Marciano compiled before he walked away from the sport.
As of now, there is no other fighter whose career compares when you consider a few key factors. Money would retire with an unblemished record, financial security and presumably all mental faculties intact.
That's what winning is.
There would truly be nothing left for Mayweather to prove. He has some critics that he'll never silence because they simply don't like him personally, but Mayweather is smart enough to know that is an un-winnable battle.
A sensible boxing aficionado knows that six fights gives Mayweather a chance to face any and every opponent worthy of taking on the pound-for-pound champion.
It starts with Robert Guerrero on May 4, but the other five opponents could be anyone from Devon Alexander and Saul Alvarez to Amir Khan and Manny Pacquiao.
There are a bevy of tough opponents on the horizon, and with Mayweather's advancing age, there is no guarantee he'll actually reach 49-0.
In fact, depending on the competition, the odds may be against him.
Win or lose, Mayweather should call it a career when the deal has run its course. He's accomplished things in the sport that no one can take away from him, and he's made a boat load of cash in the process.
If that's not the American dream, then I don't know what is.
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