For a certain level of fame, practically any action generates its own ecosystem of rumors. Conor McGregor gets called out by Oscar De La Hoya, suddenly bookmakers are taking odds on a potential fight between them. Floyd Mayweather Jr. puts a few videos out of him hitting the heavy bag, and suddenly everyone is talking about the chance that he’ll be making another comeback.
Mayweather, of course, was last seen in the ring taking on UFC superstar Conor McGregor back in August. The former multiple time world champion took 10 rounds to TKO the Irishman, picking up his first stoppage win in 6 years. The fight was a massive spectacle, and generated huge fight purses for both men. Mayweather reportedly earned $300 million for his side of the bout.
Enough money to lure a man back for another taste?
Maybe. Mayweather has put out a number of videos lately, showing him seemingly in training gear, hitting the heavy bag. But, if he’s planning any sort of return, it sounds like Showtime Boxing doesn’t have a clue about it.
“I don't think so,” SHO Sports executive Stephen Espinoza told TMZ, when asked about a potential Floyd Mayweather return. “You know, Floyd seems pretty happy retired. I don't think we'll see him in the ring again. And it seems like the UFC really wants McGregor back in the cage.”
“Floyd, it's Floyd's call at some point, but I haven't heard anything from him that makes it seem like he's thinking about McGregor or anything else.”
With Mayweather’s popularity, even Espinoza’s denial is unlikely to put any damper on the boxing rumor mill. Especially not as long as Mayweather keeps putting out clips of himself in the gym. Still, it looks like any talk of a return to the ring for ‘Money,’ is just talk at the moment.