Saturday, June 7, 2008

Boxer Floyd Mayweather retires

Floyd Mayweather Jr. called it quits Friday and said he is no longer fighting. The 31-year-old welterweight champ is widely regarded as the sport's best. He's 39-0 with 25 knockouts and his boxing skill is superb.

If Mayweather is serious about his retirement, it's sad to see him go. He is a great fighter and he's been fun to watch.

But it appeared that he was losing some of his love of the sport. He took on Oscar De La Hoya and Ricky Hatton last year and while those were interesting matchups to an extent they were not the most important matchups he could have taken. He should have fought a Miguel Cotto, Antonio Margarito or Shane Mosley.

If Mayweather does stay retired, then fights with Cotto and Margarito won't happen and that's too bad, because those fights would have generated a great deal of interest to the boxing public.

Mayweather was too have taken on De La Hoya in September, but now that fight appears to be off, which is ok. Mayweather/De La Hoya II would have been a snoozer.

Sadly, it appears Mayweather is gone from the sport and that's not good. He is the face of a sport that needs big fights and great fighters.

- Felix