LAS VEGAS – Father knows best, so Floyd Mayweather Sr. would like to see his son and namesake stay unbeaten and not come out of retirement.
But boxing being a lucrative business and the lure of money often irresistible, dad said a comeback of Floyd Mayweather Jr. is always a possibility, especially if the fight could be as big as a rematch with nemesis Manny Pacquiao.
“I’m not going Floyd won’t fight again,” said the elder Mayweather during the presser for the undercards of the Pacquiao-Tim Bradley welterweight match Thursday (Friday, Manila time), where his new protégé Devin Haney will be seeing action. “He might be persuaded.”
But first things first. Pacquiao (57-6-2 38 KOs) needs to come up with an impressive victory over Bradley in their third fight on Saturday at the MGM Grand here.
Pacquiao lost to Mayweather via unanimous decision last May in a fight that went down as the most lucrative and most watched in boxing history.
The Filipino fighting congressman from Sarangani, however, disclosed after the fight that a right shoulder injury suffered in training camp and aggravated during the course of the match hampered his movement from the fourth round onwards.
Pacquiao noted that without the tear suffered by his rotator cuff, he could've definitely beatean Mayweather, who retired last year with a perfect 49-0 mark after dominating Andre Berto for 12 full rounds.
Floyd Sr. said a rematch could be made but with a bigger prize purse involve.
“If it gets like that, with Pacquiao saying that, I’m going to tell you, the money has to be deep. I mean deep, deep, deep,” Mayweather Sr. said. “More than that (last fight).”
Pacquiao has also hinted about finally walking away from the sport after the Bradley bout, but is likewise open to the likelihood of coming back for another shot at the undefeated American even in the event he made it as a senator in the coming national polls back home.
But if he would be asked, the elder Mayweather would rather see his son not make a ring comeback.
“If I was my son, I wouldn’t do it. I’m not going to persuade him,” he said of Floyd Jr., who retired with the same unbeaten mark of heavyweight great Rocky Marciano.
“Right where he’s at right now, I wouldn’t personally fight. He’s got enough money to do whatever the hell he wants to do. What would he be fighting for?”
WATCH Mayweather Sr.'s interview here: