Welterweight

Floyd Mayweather Hints He May Fight Longer Than Previously Expected

Tim KeeneyContributor IJuly 2, 2013

Five more fights may not be enough for Floyd Mayweather after all. 

After destroying Robert Guerrero in clinical, methodical fashion in early May, the undefeated pound-for-pound champion said that after five more fights, he would hang up his gloves. 

However, on Monday night, the 36-year-old hinted that he could fight longer, according to ESPN's Dan Rafael:

Considering that five fights could take at least two-and-a-half years to carry out, it always seemed slightly odd that Mayweather could place a firm timetable on when he would retire. 

In that amount of time, there are so many unforeseen circumstances that could alter a boxer's career. He could get injured, suffer a loss, suddenly lose his love for the sport or any number of other things.

On the flip side—and this is what Mayweather is referring to—if he continues to look like he did against Guerrero in his next five fights and still feels like the obvious choice for best in the world once he moves to 49-0, five may not be enough. 

The future is unpredictable, and five more fights is by no means a number etched in stone. 

Mayweather, of course, has a huge matchup on the horizon with Saul "Canelo" Alvarez in September. 

Canelo is only 22 years of age, but at 42-0-1 and fresh off a dismantling of Austin Trout, he is one of the brightest young fighters in the sport. At the very least, he has the size and offensive arsenal to put Mayweather's legacy to the test. 

Whether or not "Money" wants to extend his career after that fight remains to be seen, but if he continues picking apart all of his opponents, the five-division world champ could stick around longer than we previously anticipated. 

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