Retired boxer Floyd Mayweather has insisted not even the chance to add an Olympic gold medal to his collection of accolades would be enough to lure him back into action.
The man known as Money brought the curtain down on his career with a professional record of 49 wins from 49 fights last year.
And speaking on the topic of professional fighters possibly being allowed to compete in the Olympics, Mayweather suggested it’s not something that interests him.
“Absolutely not,” was his response when quizzed on whether he’d like to try for another Olympic medal, having won bronze at Atlanta 1996, per Peter Gilbert of Sky Sports. “For my body to recover from all my fights will be for the rest of my life. I'm truly blessed to have been fighting for so much of my life. I had a great run. Ain't no more for this body to heal but rest.”
Here’s a clip of Mayweather in action at the 1996 Games, when he finished in third position:
As reported by the BBC, professional fighters could be allowed to compete in the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro this summer, with AIBA president Dr Ching-Kuo Wu insisting he wants the rules, which currently prevent any competitor who has featured in 15 or more paid fights from competing, to be relaxed ahead of the summer showpiece.
It’s an idea that has been met with some negative reaction, with WBC President Mauricio Sulaiman labelling the proposals “horrible” and “dangerous,” while former heavyweight world champion Lennox Lewis branded the suggestion “preposterous,” per Mark Ashenden of Sky Sports.
Bleacher Report’s Gianni Verschueren is also not a fan of the idea:
There's a reason amateur status in Olympics is reserved for a number of combat sports, including boxing. Horrible move to send pro's to Rio— Gianni Verschueren (@ReverschPass) February 24, 2016
If Mayweather, who has made no secret of how money is a motivating factor on many occasions, was to return, it’s unlikely the Olympics would be a huge incentive.
After all, there are other accomplishments for him still to pursue, including a 50th professional win that’d take him beyond the career record of Rocky Marciano, which he currently equals. However, when asked about the landmark, the American responded “the only record in boxing I would be looking at is old age,” per Gilbert.
As noted by sports statistician Mohandas Menon in the wake of his win over Andre Berto last year, Mayweather’s last professional fight, he’s currently in possession of one of the most impressive career records ever:
Undefeated boxers— Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) September 13, 2015
51-0 Ricardo Lopez 1985-2001
49-0 Rocky Marciano 1947-1955
49-0 Floyd Mayweather 1996-2015
46-0 Joe Calzaghe 1993-2008
That number, the accompanying prestige and undoubted lucrative benefits would surely be on Mayweather’s mind if he was to return. After all, as much as an Olympic gold medal would mean, in terms of his boxing legacy, surpassing Marciano’s record would do more to enrich it.
But as the weeks tick by, it seems unlikely Mayweather will step into the ring again. He’s a man who seems contented in retirement and happy in his new role as a promoter. The 39-year-old clearly feels as though he’s accomplished as much as anyone in the sport.