Floyd Mayweather has revealed that he will vacate his WBA, WBC and WBO welterweight titles after his win over Manny Pacquiao in Las Vegas on Saturday night.
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The 38-year-old extended his unbeaten record to 48-0 with a win over his pound-for-pound rival, but speaking in his post-fight press conference he reiterated that his last fight would be in September as he no longer has the same passion for the sport.
It remains to be seen who will be his final opponent later in the year, but it would certainly mark the end of the career of the greatest fighter of his generation.
“I don’t know if it will be Monday or maybe a couple weeks. I’ll talk to my team and see what we need to do. Other fighters need a chance. Give other fighters a chance. I’m not greedy,” Mayweather said, ESPN reports.
“I’m a world champion in two different weight classes. It’s time to let other fighters fight for the belt.”
The unbeaten superstar also holds two world titles at 154 pounds, and so if he comes through on his promise it will undoubtedly open up two divisions in terms of titles for the next group of fighters to establish themselves as champions.
Mayweather deflected questions when asked about if he wanted to surpass Rocky Marciano’s record of 49-0, insisting that he wasn’t interested in ‘out-doing’ anyone in the sport.
While there are certainly questions surrounding his future, he left no doubt after Saturday night as he out-classed Pacquiao with a dominant performance.
The pair had been expected to engage in a fight that lived up to expectations, but ultimately it was a one-sided bout that Mayweather rightfully secured a wide points decision in from the three judges with Pac-Man unable to penetrate his defence to produce any doubt.