Floyd Mayweather Jr. Should Retire To Save the Sport of Boxing

Fred KelleyCorrespondent IFebruary 4, 2011

LAS VEGAS - APRIL 28:  Boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. smiles during the final news conference for his bout against Shane Mosley at the MGM Grand Hotel/Casino April 28, 2010 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Mayweather and Mosley will meet in a 12-round welterweight bout on May 1, 2010 in Las Vegas.  (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
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The sport of boxing is at a crossroad. Just a few short weeks ago, fans stated Devon Alexander was the next coming and deserved his shot at champions like Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao.

However, as we all witnessed on January 29, a slightly more experienced fighter in Timothy Bradley made Alexander look very young and vulnerable.

It’s this vulnerability that I see in most of the young fighters like Alexander, Berto and Khan. 

However, since the two best pound-for-pound fighters in the world can’t seem to come to terms for a showdown, we are forced to push the envelope for opposition—even if it’s at the expense of a young fighter’s career.

Simply stated, the aforementioned fighters aren’t ready to face Manny Pacquiao or Floyd Mayweather Jr. and we shouldn’t expect them to.

In the meantime, Manny still wants to fight. It’s only fitting that Pacquiao face Shane Mosley, Juan Manuel Marquez and possibly Sergio Martinez. They have certainly demonstrated they are wily enough for the perpetual punching machine that is Manny Pacquaio.

Meanhile, the young fighters continue to build their resume and experience to eventually challenge the "Filipino Sensation" and do so with a chance at winning.

So where does that leave Floyd?

Look it doesn’t matter who you are, everyone needs closure. 

Absolution is the first step to rebuilding and the absolution boxing needs is to put the potential of a super-bout behind us.

While Sergio Martinez could definitely give Pacquiao some problems, Mayweather doesn’t possess an equal at welterweight outside of Pacquiao. 

Since Mayweather Jr. won’t move up or down in weight, pitting him against anyone else would be redundant.

In fact, Floyd isn’t fighting for the challenge anymore; he’s in the check cashing business.

Floyd isn’t fighting for his legacy; he’s in the check cashing business.

Floyd certainly isn’t fighting for the fans; (say it with me) he’s in the check cashing business.

If Floyd won’t fight Manny, then for the sake of boxing, give him a severance check and tell him to cash that.

Retirement from boxing is the only solution. Floyd would then be free to pursue his other career in the movie production business—after all, they are used to fiction.