What if Floyd Mayweather DID Come Back? Who Would He Fight?

By Paul Magno on November 29, 2017
What if Floyd Mayweather DID Come Back? Who Would He Fight?
The former world champion may better serve humanity as a hands-on strip club owner.

The list of realistic possible opponents may be so small as to discourage Mayweather from bothering to come back at all…

It’s hard to imagine that Floyd Mayweather would be content with sitting around his Vegas strip club all day, eating Twizzlers and supervising his crew as they post glowingly awesome “Girl Collection” Yelp reviews at a third grade level.

That’s why the rumor of a return to the ring was not at all unbelievable when it popped up earlier this week.

Mind you, this word came from online gossip site TMZ via unnamed source—so, yeah, grain of salt. But, according to them, Mayweather had “been training like a maniac in the gym” and that “people close to Floyd say he’s still in fighting shape…ready to go” and “kicking around the idea of another comeback.”

No opponent was said to be in the platinum encrusted crosshairs just yet, but realistically, we all knew that, at this point, only massive paydays would be considered against exhibition-level opposition.

However, shortly after the TMZ story began to circulate, Mayweather, himself, squashed the rumors of him returning to the ring under any circumstances and for any price. But fight fans know better than to rule out any comeback in this sport.

So, let’s take a look at who Mayweather could face if he should decide to return for one more moment of glory.

The perfect fit would be a part two with Conor McGregor, who made for a mega-lucrative late summer pay-per-view hit this past August. Mayweather’s carrying of the UFC star for several rounds before lowering the boom was perhaps less magnanimous gesture and more about shrewd role playing to create the impression that McGregor was competitive early on in the bout. The illusion of competitiveness could be enough to sell a return bout to many of the same casual fans and curious onlookers who purchased the event the first time.

Among active fighters, only Manny Pacquiao and Saul Alvarez could deliver Mayweather the kind of payday that might pique his interest for a comeback. Neither rematch, however, may fit in the mold of a quick, easy score for Mayweather’s purposes. A dark horse candidate could be faded warhorse Antonio Margarito, who Mayweather was accused of ducking for years after splitting from Bob Arum and Top Rank Promotions. A battered, virtually one-eyed Margarito won’t deliver much salability as a B-side, but a one-sided schooling of the “Tijuana Tornado” might be a nice ego boost on which to finally end Floyd’s career.

A favorite in the race for potential “Money” comeback foe has to be Oscar De La Hoya, a fellow retiree who has never stopped stewing over his loss 2007 split decision loss to Mayweather. “The Golden Boy” has been pining away for revenge for over a decade and takes swipes at Floyd and his legacy whenever the opportunity presents itself (mostly since Mayweather stopped working with Golden Boy Promotions in pursuing B-sides for his PPV dates). The 44-year-old promoter has already talked about being in “secret” training for a possible comeback (against McGregor), but he’d likely jump at the idea of stepping back in the ring with Mayweather for a potential eight-figure check. Mayweather, on the other hand, may not be so happy to grant a big payday to someone who has been trying to undercut him for years.

The list of realistic possible opponents for another Mayweather comeback is small. And it may be so small as to discourage Mayweather from bothering to come back at all…which, really, is not a bad thing.

At this point, the five-division former world champ may better serve humanity as a hands-on strip club owner.

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  1. Rob 12:17am, 12/08/2017

    Oh wow

  2. David 04:58pm, 12/04/2017

    Who cares!

  3. fan 12:47pm, 12/01/2017

    Lara
    Lemieux
    GGG

  4. Ringboxer 07:08am, 12/01/2017

    Hope he stays gone. He was and is a big mouth fool and after that joke with Mc moron he doesn’t deserve to fight anyone. Always was and has been a big mouth PUNK.

  5. Klaus Kinski 04:59pm, 11/30/2017

    In the future please think twice before you print an article like this…these things have consequences intended or not…..look what you’ve gone and done to Koolz! Have you no shame?

  6. Pete The Sneak 04:50am, 11/30/2017

    Somehow I get the feeling our friend Koolz is not with the FMJ comeback? Just a hunch…Peace.

  7. Koolz 04:12am, 11/30/2017

    Vitale could come back and wipe out the whole Heavy Weight Division even as he is now.  I really believe that!

    As for Floyd…NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOoooooooooooooooooooooooo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    HELL NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!

    NO NO NO!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    NOOOOOOOOOOOoooooooooooooooooooooooOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  8. AkT 02:50am, 11/30/2017

    Klaus, thanks for that. Now I can finally put that argument to rest. Time capsules are definitely real.

  9. Lucas McCain 05:30pm, 11/29/2017

    Wow, Klaus, you lead a convoluted fantasy life than any of Werner Herzog’s characters!

  10. Klaus Kinski 12:58pm, 11/29/2017

    Much better for boxing if both Wlad and Vitale came back! Wlad can’t deal with Joshua’s bum rushes but he should be able summon up enough piss and vinegar to settle Fury’s hash this time. After he KOs Joshua Deontay will be primed to take the ass beating from Vitale that was due Lennox!

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