Floyd Mayweather's Return: Good For Boxing

Ronnie BlairContributor IMay 2, 2009

LAS VEGAS - MAY 02:  Boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. answers questions during a news conference announcing his return to the ring and his upcoming fight against Juan Manuel Marquez of Mexico on July 18 during the news conference at the Hollywood Theatre in the MGM Grand Hotel/Casino May 2, 2009 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Mayweather has not boxed since his bout against Ricky Hatton of England in December 2007.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

Heeeee'sssss Baaacccckkkk! I love the news that was finally released today. Floyd Mayweather Jr. is set to return to the ring. Now, many people are saying that he is coming back out of retirement, but if any of you listen to his post fight comment to Larry Merchant, you heard him say that he may take a 12-24 month break from the sport.

The upside to Floyd returning is that it gives the sport mainstream appeal. The person that have the misfortune of fighting Floyd is Mr. Marquez, who by my memory gave Manny Pacquiao all that he could handle in their two bouts. The thing that works against Marquez is that Pacquiao repeatedly placed him on the seat of his pants. Floyd's slickness will be slightly off due to the layoff, but he should be able to handle Marquez inside of the distance.

The sport of boxing would be so much more appealling to the mainstream if fighters personal business wasnt thrown all over the place. I shouldnt just say boxing, but all sports need to adopt a policy that keeps personal issue out of the press. Mayweather's financial issues are mentioned in most media outlets, WHO CARES!!! Let the man fight! Heck the way the economy is we all owe someone something.

The "Prettyboy"/"Money" is good for boxing. We, as fans, should just sit back and enjoy seeing his gift. Love him or hate him you have to admit the man has the tolls to entertain. So instead of trying to figure out why he is back or making ill comments about his fighting style, let's just once, ONCE sit back and say thank you for giving us (the fans) another great talent to watch.

Thank you Floyd!