As a Mayweather fan, I have been anxiously awaiting any news, even the slightest rumbling, about the intentions of the emeritus pound-for-pound champion (honorary title). The only significant updates have been the delays of his two court cases. Floyd's legal woes will undoubtedly keep him out of the ring until late summer at the earliest, and it could even drag on much longer.
Of course, Floyd does face the possibility of a jail sentence that could effectively end his career. Putting that aside—assuming the more probable scenario that Floyd wiggles out with either a lenient sentence or a dismissal (he is a brilliant defender)—you would assume Floyd would not take a major fight until late fall, which would coincide nicely for a possible super-bout with the winner of Khan/Bradley.
Considering Floyd’s legal issues could resolve in a variety of outcomes, anywhere from him being able to fight this summer to being locked up for years. Consequently, I suppose it’s pointless to inquire about Floyd’s future plans.
It would be great to get inside his head and get a truthful answer about where he sees his boxing career headed, but knowing Floyd, you would only get a carefully prearranged sound bite.
This is the man who ignores every one of Larry Merchant’s opening questions after a win to thank God and Leonard Ellerbe. But, Floyd has always been a consummate showman (at least, outside of the ring), and it would be fascinating to hear the colorful boaster’s take on some of the current goings-on in the sport.
I have always believed Floyd will become a great commentator one day. He is a neurosurgeon in the ring, carefully dissecting and breaking down his opponents with incredible defense and sharp, perfectly timed counter-punching. He intelligently analyzes his opponents, and he reads the action in the ring as well as anyone. To hear the insights of such a master tactician would be a pleasure.
Floyd’s villainous persona exists to sell fights, and he has brilliantly achieved that. We’ll have to wait and see how his court case plays out before passing judgment on those counts.
However, I have also seen Floyd engage in very thoughtful, entertaining debates throughout his interviews where he displayed a thorough knowledge and passion for the sport. His outlandish self-promotion aside, 24/7 showed that Floyd could also be a very charming, compelling, likable guy.
When he no longer has the motivation to play the disrespectful, arrogant wunderkind, he could bring his normal, amiable personality into the booth and be a smashing success.
You have to wonder what Floyd thinks about what’s happening in boxing right now, especially Sergio Martinez taking over his number two spot on a lot of P4P polls.
I’d like to hear his thoughts on some other fighters too, Khan, Bradley, Alvarez and Kirkland, among others.
Instead, Floyd’s followers on Twitter can look at pictures of his winning gambling tickets and follow his apparent friendship with Charlie Sheen. Boxing, meanwhile, is without one its finest practitioners, most flamboyant personalities and keenest minds.