How Many Times Did Floyd Mayweather Retire From Boxing?: A Look at His Retirement History

Published 05/13/2021, 1:00 PM EDT
LOS ANGELES, CA – AUGUST 06: Floyd Mayweather listens at a press conference ahead of his upcoming fight with Andre Berto at JW Marriott Los Angeles at L.A. LIVE on August 6, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)


Floyd Mayweather is regarded as the face of modern era boxing. With a series of one-sided performances in the ring, Mayweather stuck everyone’s eye and retired with one immaculate boxing stint. But if you feel ‘TBE’ only hung up his gloves in 2017, then you’re mistaken.

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Mayweather actually hung up his gloves from the sport and returned multiple times.

The very first time ‘Pretty Boy’ signed off from the game was back in 2007. After he claimed one of his biggest career wins against Oscar De La Hoya, Mayweather asserted on taking the retirement. But he vanquished those plans and began preparing for a bout once again.

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After the De La Hoya bout, the undefeated kingpin of boxing got lined up to face Ricky Hatton for the WBC welterweight title. Here, Mayweather won this thrilling encounter and condemned Hatton to his first career loss. Six months after this fight, Mayweather put out an official statement regarding his retirement.

He said, “I am sorry I have to leave the sport at this time, knowing I still have my God-given abilities to succeed and future multi-million dollar paydays ahead. There comes a time when money doesn’t matter. I just can’t do it anymore. I have found a peace with my decision that I have not felt in a long time.”

After this statement, Mayweather didn’t compete for the whole of 2008. He only came out of retirement in 2009 and boxed Juan Manuel Marquez. Following that, he kept fighting, even accepting the ‘fight of the century’ against his long-time nemesis, Manny Pacquiao.

Fans expected Mayweather to finally retire from the sport after such a humongous fight. But ‘Pretty Boy’ took up a bout against Andre Berto and retired after going 49-0.

Floyd Mayweather came out of retirement to face Conor McGregor

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Just when everyone thought that Floyd Mayweather era concluded in 2015. The latter surprised everyone, this time by booking a 12-round war with the biggest UFC star, Conor McGregor.

LAS VEGAS, NV – AUGUST 26: (R-L) Floyd Mayweather Jr. throws a punch at Conor McGregor during their super welterweight boxing match on August 26, 2017 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

The 44-year-old was keen on settling his feud with the Irishman inside the ring. And for that, Mayweather went toe-to-toe against ‘The Notorious’.

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That said, both the fighters promoted this fight to its maximum extent and delivered it the way they promised. In this contest, the undefeated Mayweather retained his streak and departed at 50-0. He’s not made a professional comeback yet.

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Prathamesh Singh Chauhan

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Prathamesh Singh Chauhan is a Boxing Author at EssentiallySports. He is a graduate from the International Institute of Sports Management who combines his love for sports, particularly combat sports, and his flair for writing and analysis to help him in his day-to-day work. He has prior professional experience with sporting organizations such as Star Sports, Khelo India, and NBA.

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