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Sport Opinion: Why Floyd Mayweather's comeback is about more than just money

00:55  23 november  2019
00:55  23 november  2019 Source:   usatoday.com

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Floyd Mayweather announced he is " coming out of retirement" in 2020. Josh Peter writes that Mayweather ' s return isn't all about money . It feels like the source of Floyd ’ s motivation is about something he craves almost as much as money — attention. He has teased a comeback before with

So why do so many famous retirees choose to step back into the limelight? The obvious answer is money - and with Floyd " Money " Mayweather Surely Floyd Mayweather - and other sports stars who've retired only to return, like Michael Phelps and Michael Jordan - have enough people around

Jet fuel ain’t cheap these days.

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Servicing Bugattis is pricey, too.

So it’s fair to speculate that Floyd Mayweather’s purported comeback, as announced by the 42-year-old boxer on his Instagram account Thursday night, is about $99.99.

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Or whatever it is he’s going to charge boxing fans for the pay-per-view fee for his next fight.

Because whether he fights Manny Pacquiao, or UFC star Khabib Nurmagomedov, or Conor McGregor or a fighter TBA, Floyd is going to ask you for more money than you want to spend — and, in the name of P.T. Barnum, you’re going to pay it.

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Floyd Mayweather announced his plans to come out of retirement and have another fight in 2020. Manny Pacquiao’ s manager has come out in support of Floyd Mayweather ’ s comeback announcement, as the Filipino continues to lobby for a mega- money rematch.

Floyd will pad his 50-0 record and fatten his bank account.

Yet, this feels like more than about money.

It feels like the source of Floyd’s motivation is about something he craves almost as much as money — attention.

He has teased a comeback before with a possible rematch against Pacquiao. As a co-promoter, he has mugged for the cameras at other fights as if unable to resist the limelight. And he has made this announcement on the eve of Deontay Wilder’s fight against Luis Ortiz Saturday night in Las Vegas.

For the record, Mayweather is co-promoting Wilder-Ortiz rematch, and you can be sure he’ll be easy to find — and, if not available to answer any questions, available for the TV cameras or for a wave at the potential pay-per-view customers, er, fans.

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In an interview with Reuters earlier this week, 42-year-old Floyd Mayweather said that he was done with the “very brutal sport” of boxing, though he had had calls to return boxing.

Floyd Joy Mayweather Jr. (né Sinclair; born February 24, 1977) is an American professional boxing promoter and former professional boxer.

In Mayweather's last fight, against McGregor in August 2017, and his bout against Pacquiao in May 2015, he appeared to have as much fun outside of the ring as inside of the ring. His PR skills grew to match his Hall-of-Fame boxing skills. And his chances to enjoy both maybe closing fast.

In February, he turns 43. And even though he has prided himself on supreme conditioning, his style depends on super-quick reflexes and stamina. The window of assurance that he has both is closing fast.

Maybe someone else who loves money and the spotlight as much as Floyd understands what this is all about more than others. On Instagram Thursday night, Floyd posted a photo of himself sitting next to UFC president Dana White at the Boston Celtics game, suggesting they could be pairing up to making hundreds of millions of dollars together and all the while enjoying the spotlight.

The highlight of it all for Floyd will be the walk to the ring — followed by the drive to the bank.

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Opinion: Why Floyd Mayweather's comeback is about more than just money

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