"No physical activity is so vain as boxing. A man gets into the ring to attract admiration. In no sport, therefore, can you be more humiliated."
-Norman Mailer from The Fight
I'm beginning to nurse the suspicion that Floyd "Money" Mayweather just might surprise everybody and place cashing-in off a super fight against Manny Pacquiao second behind something more important to him: his life after boxing.
It's that fight, more than any he's ever fought in the ring, I think he's been preparing for his entire life.
Mayweather's sized up the situation and done his own private calculations regarding the price and value of what he can earn against the risks and there's not nearly enough in the pot. More to the point, there's everything to lose.
Mayweather's entire life has been calibrated to achieve what he has while mitigating the risks from anything eroding or stealing it. As much as he's been a genius at this, he's worked harder at it than anyone else too. They used to say the same thing about Bobby Fischer; nobody ever had more talent and worked harder. The results speak for themselves.
I don't think any amount of money offered to Mayweather is nearly enough for him to risk what his life would be with a loss and risk forever being dealt from the bottom of the deck by history.
There are scores to settle here. Floyd has made more enemies than friends.
But I think it comes down to something a little more basic: Floyd lives in Vegas. He knows the house always wins.
If Floyd steps away, he gets to forever be the one dealing to us.