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Floyd Mayweather won’t risk fighting legit boxers: ‘I’m not what I once was’

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Editor’s note: This article was originally published on MMAJunkie.com.

Floyd Mayweather clearly explains his intentions.

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45 year old Hall of Famer comes off victory by knockout over Mikuru Asakura in an exhibition fight Sunday at the Super RIZIN Headliner in Saitama, Japan. It was his fourth exhibition fight since retiring from professional boxing in 2017 with a 50-0 record.

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AT Super RIZIN post-match press conference, Mayweather was asked if he would fight former rival Manny Pacquiao, who was in attendance. Mayweather said he would not fight Pacquiao or any high level boxer, but only YouTubers or MMA fighters.

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“I retired from the sport and I didn’t let the sport fire me,” Mayweather said. “I will always put myself in a position where I still fight at the highest level. I dictated and controlled the situation.

“I’m not going to go there without former fighters, former world champions, exposing my body to more violence. I quit for a reason. I’m here to have fun and have fun, sometimes three rounds, sometimes eight rounds, with guys to help me entertain people.

“I’m not going to take punishment to the point where I can barely walk or barely talk. Manny had a great career, but boxing left boxing, Manny didn’t leave boxing. There is a difference. Of course, if I were Manny Pacquiao, would I be chasing Floyd Mayweather to get paid? Absolutely I would.

“But these days I like to fight 15-0, 8-0 guys, older guys like me, YouTubers or MMA guys. I will continue to do what I do, dictate and control.

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But it’s not just about refusing to take more risks against legitimate threats in the ring. Mayweather is not afraid to admit that he is no longer the same fighter he used to be.

Despite dominating exhibition fights, Mayweather knows his days of high-level boxing are over. He views this part of his career as more of an entertainment than a competition.

“That’s the thing, the excitement and the fact that people get a chance to at least catch a glimpse of me,” he said. “I already know that I am not who I once was, as far as I say. I’m not “Handsome” Floyd or “Money” Mayweather. But I can still go out and entertain people.”

The story originally appeared on Boxing Junkie.



Source: sports.yahoo.com

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