Floyd Mayweather Back in Training Despite Hinting Retirement – Is He Boxing Again?

Published 08/03/2021, 6:30 AM EDT
LAS VEGAS, NV – MAY 02: Floyd Mayweather Jr. throws a left at Manny Pacquiao during their welterweight unification championship bout on May 2, 2015 at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)


Floyd Mayweather has achieved it all in boxing, but is yet to overcome his love for the sport. Despite announcing retirement several times, the five-division champion continues to box at the gym. That said, ‘TBE’ was recently spotted doing light work on the pads, leading fans to assume is charting a comeback to the squared circle.

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As of now, Mayweather has shown no sign that he will return to the ring. However, his recent social media post might urge the fans to believe that he still has a few more fights left.

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The undefeated star looked comfortable on the pads. Shooting from the gym of his Mayweather Promotions, Floyd Mayweather posted the clip on Instagram and wrote, “Light work out.” Although it doesn’t cite an immediate return for the American boxer, the same may happen somewhere down the line.

Meanwhile, a professional bout will no longer allure Mayweather to lace up the gloves. He has clarified that only exhibition fights can bring him back to action. But after failing to beat Paul, Mayweather appeared hesitant about validating his activeness in exhibition bouts. Hence, his session may have just been a leisure activity.

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Floyd Mayweather and his future in exhibition boxing bouts

After staging his 50 professional win against Conor McGregor in 2017, Mayweather has fought twice. First, he faced Tenshin Nasukawa and scored a lopsided win. Another exhibition bout against Logan Paul followed it in 2021, which seemingly exposed Mayweather’s draining agility.

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Jun 6, 2021; Miami, Florida, USA; Floyd Mayweather Jr. (Green Trunks) fights Logan Paul (Yellow Trunks) during an exhibition boxing match at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vin love-USA TODAY Sports

Going against a social media star turned boxer, Mayweather couldn’t score a stoppage. Hence, the draw doomed the 50-0 boxer to severe criticism, almost ending his hope for other crossover bouts.

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Nevertheless, he is still a boxing cash-cow and will never run out of opponents for his in-ring scraps. While the list of potential opponents may have shrunk a bit, any bout can still bring massive paydays for Mayweather and the person standing on the opposite end.

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Raj Sarkar

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A senior boxing writer at EssentiallySports, Raj Sarkar is a mass media graduate who is currently pursuing his master’s degree in broadcast journalism. In addition to his current role, he has worked with the MMA team at EssentiallySports and has interviewed prominent fighters such as Ritu Phogat and 'The Red King' Rory MacDonald. He combined his bachelor's degree with his adoration for combat sports and has a combined 2000 plus bylines in MMA and boxing over the last two years.

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