"Pretty Boy" Floyd Mayweather: Did He Lose Something in Retirement?

Nelson EstupinContributor IJanuary 25, 2010

LAS VEGAS - SEPTEMBER 19:  Floyd Mayweather Jr., with his advisor Leonard Ellerbe behind him, celebrates his unanimous-decision victory over Juan Manuel Marquez at the MGM Grand Garden Arena September 19, 2009 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
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What is going on with the former pound-for-pound king, Floyd Mayweather, Jr.?

I am a fight fan first and foremost, and while I may not be a "Pretty Boy" fan, he is a great enough fighter to be named at one point in his career the best pound-for-pound. 

This man seemingly fought everyone and ducked nobody, but since his retirement, it's been speculation and controversy instead of, as former referee Mills Lane would put it, just "get it on!"

This writer loves boxing, having been introduced as a spectator by my father when I was eight years old. Right now, I worry about Mayweather. 

In "retirement," he had a storyline with the WWE. While that in and of itself isn't a big deal—boxers have often ducked under the professional wrestling ropes—it strikes me as odd as to why someone of his stature (at the time) and talent would have done it.  One would think such a crossover would be done when a fighter is near the end of his career, not at its peak! 

He then went mainstream and put his footwork to the test on Dancing with the Stars. OK, I'll grant him that crossover because Jerry Rice, Emmitt Smith, Lawrence Taylor, Michael Irvin, and Evander Holyfield did that, too.

But now, upon his return to the squared circle, it seems like all he has been doing is creating publicity rather than doing what made him to begin with: fight. After his 21-month layoff, he lopsidedly defeated a lighter opponent in Juan Manuel Marquez. But since then, it's been nothing but talk from the Mayweather camp.

The build up to a Mayweather-Manny Pacquiao bout was incredible and was what everyone—fight fan or not—was calling for. But in what appeared to be a ploy to bow himself out, even with arbitration, the fight was called off because of blood tests.

Now the world blames the Mayweather camp for dismantling what could have been the fight of the decade. 

Pacquiao has now moved on to Joshua Clottey. There is more than a buzz with a fight between Mayweather and Sugar Shane Mosley, but even with that bout, there is controversy. A fight with Mosley should be a simple sign-sealed-delivered offering. 

They both fight for Golden Boy Promotions Inc., and while it isn't in the same universe as a Floyd-Manny fight, it would still be a wonderful moneymaker at a projected $10 million. 

But there still isn't a done deal, and with boxing—until fight night—a done deal just isn't done.

Now I'm not calling Mayweather out, but bring it, son! You weren't the pound-for-pound king because of your mouth.