On Sunday, during the Super RIZIN main event in Saitama, Japan, Floyd Mayweather Jr. returned to the boxing ring for an exhibition fight, in which he knocked out Japanese mixed martial arts fighter Mikuru Asakura in the second round.
Even though it was just an exhibition, it seemed very much like a real fight, leading some reporters to wonder if Floyd was training for a comeback against Manny Pacquiao.
“I retired from the sport, and I didn’t let the sport retire me,” Mayweather said.
“I’m always going to put myself in a position now to where I, just like I was doing – fighting at the highest level. I was dictating and being in control.
“I’m not going to go in there with no former fighters, former world champions, putting more abuse on my body. I retired for a reason. I’m here to have fun and enjoy myself – sometimes three rounds, sometimes eight rounds, with guys that are going to help me entertain people.”
“I’m not going to take punishment to the point to where I can barely walk or barely talk,” he added.
“Manny had a great career, but boxing retired Manny, Manny didn’t retire from boxing. There’s a difference. Of course, if I were Manny Pacquiao, would I be chasing an exhibition with Floyd Mayweather to get a payday? Absolutely I would. But at this particular time, I love fighting guys that are 15-0, 8-0 – guys that are older like myself, or YouTubers or MMA guys. I will continue to do what I do and dictate and control.”
“That’s what it’s about – excitement and the people getting a chance to just see a glimpse of me. I already know I’m not what I once was as far as what I’m talking about. I’m not ‘Pretty Boy’ Floyd or ‘Money’ Mayweather. But I’m still able to go out and entertain the people.”