I was surprised to see Floyd Mayweather Jr announce his retirement from boxing the other day. I have only seen about 4 or 5 of his fights but in every one he oozed class. Lots of undefeated boxers talk about retiring but most end up going on until they lose their undefeated status. Of course, theres a good chance he will be tempted out of retirement in a few years. Once the boxing bigwigs get together and put together a multi million package for a return it will be hard for him to turn it down.
However, he did say in his retirement announcement :
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, including the one right around the corner (the proposed De la Hoya fight).
“But 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.
Read the announcement at BBC