Floyd Mayweather has continued his war of words with UFC sensation Ronda Rousey and has also insisted that his Sept. 12 bout with Andre Berto will indeed be his final fight as a professional boxer.
The angst with Rousey has been festering for a while now, with the pair trading a series of barbs back and forth. Most recently, the UFC women's bantamweight champion taunted Mayweather by suggesting she makes more money per second than the undefeated fighter, per TMZ Sports.
But Mayweather has responded. "Big bank take little bank," he told TMZ. "Let's play and see how much money you got. Last time I checked, I was No. 1 on Forbes. She will never be at my status. Keep trying to get publicity."
According to Forbes' list of highest paid athletes, Mayweather is the most lucrative sportsperson in the world. But in a piece from Chris Smith for Forbes, it's noted that Rousey was making more money per second than Mayweather before her most recent dismantling of Bethe Correia, a bout which she won in 34 seconds.
The ongoing spat between the two has taken a lot attention away from what is actually set to be a historic moment in Mayweather's career, as he gears up for what is being billed as his final fight.
A win over the unfancied Berto would take Money's career record to an immaculate 49 wins from 49 bouts, matching the record of the legendary Rocky Marciano. Naturally, there has been plenty of discussion about whether Mayweather may carry on and try to get to 50 wins.
Nonetheless, THE FIGHT GURU Twitter feed remains unconvinced about how Mayweather's legacy would stand up against the late, great Marciano:
At the moment, the American fighter admitted he had no plans to return to the ring after his September showdown, although he didn't completely rule out the proposition, per boxingscene.com:
Nobody knows what the future holds, but right now, I'm cool and comfortable and having no second thoughts at all about retirement. I had a good career, I won every world title, but boxing is wear and tear on the body. It's time to hang 'em up. I'm looking forward to working with some up-and-coming kids, going on walks, and taking vacations.
Boxing has always been work to me, a job. If I could say anything to a youngster taking up boxing it would be to "be smart and not take a lot of punches. It's called the sweet science for a reason. Hit and not be hit, make a lot of money without taking a lot of punishment. That's what it's about."
The fight against Manny Pacquiao could have easily been Mayweather's last fight. The Filipino was touted as the one man who may be capable of breaching Money's impenetrable defensive shell and overwhelming his slick boxing skills. But the manner in which Floyd dominated that bout silenced plenty of doubters.
ESPN's Skip Bayless remains unconvinced, however, and thinks another bout with Pacquiao would be a perfect way to finish off his career:
But Mayweather can look ahead to his retirement contented, with challenges overcome and a bolstered bank balance. These barbs with Rousey merely seem a ploy to keep interest in Money high ahead of what is a damp squib of a final fight.
A 50th bout would certainly be historic, and the prospect of Mayweather going up against Pacquiao again would whip up interest. But it's not a fight Floyd needs to add to his legend, and a glimpse into the human side of a fighter who simply wants to spend some overdue time away from boxing means it's unlikely he'll ever return to the ring.