Former world champion Floyd Mayweather leans against the rope while wearing a gold chain an tracksuit top
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In this week’s Fight Talk, we look at Floyd Mayweather dismissing rumours he will return to boxing, Conor McGregor accepting Oscar de la Hoya’s “challenge”, which former heavyweights have been inspired by Mike Tyson to take the sport up again, how Daniel Dubois would fare against Deontay Wilder and ask the question: ‘Is Oleksandr Usyk heading to Albert Square?’
Floyd Mayweather – ‘I’m finished with boxing’
Over the past couple of weeks, rumours circulating on social media have suggested that pound-for-pound great Floyd Mayweather could return to the ring, with fellow American Adrien Broner a potential opponent.
Mayweather has been retired since his win over Irishman Conor McGregor in 2017.
This week, the American dismissed those comeback rumours.
“I’m retired. I’m finished with boxing,” Mayweather told Fight Hype.
He also referenced his uncle and former trainer Roger Mayweather, who died aged 58 in March, saying: “If this guy [Broner] wants to fight Floyd, I say ‘you guys sell out little arenas and do some little baby moves, not bad, but I’m older and a lot wiser, meaning I don’t want to end up like my uncle Rog’.
“A lot of fighters don’t know when to give up.”
So, don’t expect to see Mayweather, who won all 50 of his professional contests, in a world title fight again.
But he has not completely ruled out a rematch with UFC star McGregor, who was making his boxing debut in their much-hyped first fight.
“Even if we did it again, it’s entertainment and it’s business – I’m not boxing no boxers,” Mayweather said.
“If I see an opportunity and have a little fun and make $600m (£486m) – why not?”
Some fans welcomed his decision and honesty while others just don’t believe him…
Boxing fans on Twitter react to Floyd Mayweather saying he is finished with boxing. One fan says that Mayweather has “nothing left to come back for and prove” while another doubts the former champion will stay retired, saying that he’ll post on Instagram three months later saying “I’m back”
McGregor ‘accepts De la Hoya challenge’
Meanwhile, McGregor may have his eyes set on another retired world champion.
Fighter-turned-promoter Oscar de la Hoya, who last fought more than 11 years ago, was asked by CBS Sports’ State of Combat podcast what would happen if he took on McGregor.
“Oh come on, brother. Two rounds. One thing about me is I went for the kill, always,” he said.
And McGregor, as always, didn’t shy away from a response…