Could Floyd Mayweather’s Retirement Mean The End Of Boxing?

"Floyd Mayweather, Jr. vs. Juan Manuel Márquez" by ian mcwilliams - Flickr: Moneyweather v Marquez at MGM Grand, Las Vegas. Licensed under CC BY 2.0 via Commons
"Floyd Mayweather, Jr. vs. Juan Manuel Márquez" by ian mcwilliams - Flickr: Moneyweather v Marquez at MGM Grand, Las Vegas. Licensed under CC BY 2.0 via Commons

Whether you’re a Floyd Mayweather fan or not, one thing can be said about the champ, he’s the only thing keeping boxing alive. Every time he fights, millions of people fork over good money in hopes of seeing him lose. The problem is that he never does. Another issue is that his fights are about as exciting as watching paint dry, especially this last one. The lifeblood of boxing, in its entire history, has never been so connected to one man. The one guy who had a shot at beating him, Manny Pacquiao, is officially past his prime. That means Floyd continues to reign supreme as boxing’s biggest draw. The heavyweight division is a complete joke. The Klitschko’s are good fighters but their mom didn’t even watch their last fight. Why would she or anybody else for that matter? There are no opponents worth watching them fight. There’s definitely no heat coming from the other divisions, with the exception of Bernard Hopkins. The downside is the man is fifty years old and will eventually have to permanently hang his gloves up despite his otherworldly ability. Add to that the fact that everybody is getting into the whole MMA thing and things are looking grim for the Sport of Kings.

This begs the question, is there anything at all that can save boxing? The sport has never been in a worse position. No exaggeration, we’re looking at possible extinction here. There are about 5 people who want to see Floyd Mayweather win so whether he believes it or not this gravy train of his is running out of stops. People aren’t going to pay 100 bucks to see him win another boring decision forever. I’ve come to the conclusion that the only thing that will save boxing and give it the possibility of a future is if Floyd Mayweather loses. I don’t care if it’s a split decision, a TKO, he gets knocked through the ropes; he just needs to lose. I would even settle for a draw at this point. At least a draw would set up an exciting rematch. It will be a crippling blow for boxing if Mayweather rides off into the sunset undefeated. I’m assuming his latest retirement announcement won’t stick. The lack of true champs and exciting fighters along with the rapidly decreasing interest in boxing by both spectators and participants won’t help the cause either. Somebody, somewhere needs to find somebody exciting who can take down Floyd and take the reins of boxing. The future of the sport depends on it.

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