Floyd ‘money’ Mayweather has announced his retirement from the world of boxing following his victory over Andre Berto.
Mayweather’s 49th victory equals the record set by former heavyweight champion Rocky Marciano 50 years ago.
Mayweather, 38, easily outboxed his opponent Andre Berto over 12 rounds to retain his WBA and WBC welterweight titles with a unanimous decision.
“I’ve been in the sport of boxing my whole life and they say I’m wrong for saying I’m the best,” Mayweather said of his career during a lengthy press conference following his victory over Berto.
“Every champion – [Muhammad] Ali, Sugar Ray Robinson, Sugar Ray Leonard, Larry Holmes – the list goes on and on. They opened up the doors and paved the way for where I am today and I’m appreciative.
“But now the young fighters say, ‘We want to be like Mayweather.’ It’s not cool to take punishment in the ring. I’m not perfect but I strived to be a perfectionist.”
Mayweather, who previously performed a U-turn when he came back from a 21-month retirement to fight Mexican Juan Manuel Marquez in September 2009, was asked if might be tempted to return for a 50th fight.
“My career is over. It’s official,” he replied. “I’m financially secure and I’m in good health.
“You’ve got to know when it’s time to hang it up, so I think it’s about time for me to hang it up. I’m close to 40 years old, I’ve been in this sport 19 years, been world champion for 18 years, I’ve broken all records.
“There’s nothing left to prove in the sport of boxing.”