Serafim Todorov will make his return to the ring tomorrow night in Bulgaria.
In the run up to the massive May match-up between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao a huge number of media outlets picked up the story of Serafim Todorov.
Sam Borden of the New York Times had tracked down the Olympic silver medalist in Bulgaria and published a rather bleak account of the life of the last man to defeat the brilliant Mayweather.
Todorov and the young Floyd faced off in the semi-final of the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta with the older European coming out on top in controversial fashion. It was a win that Todorov told Borden he wished had never been secured, as it began a long and complicated sequence of events that led him to a life of poverty.
It was a depressing read, made all the more so by the context in which it was presented.
Todorov was struggling to get by on a pension of “roughly $435 a month”, but as he was being interviewed his former foe was preparing for a fight that would earn him, according to espn.com’s latest estimations, $220 million.
The man who won multiple European and World amateur titles had six fights as a professional between 1998 and 2003. He won five of them. It could hardly have been considered a career. All of his bouts came against poor and inexperienced opposition.
Tomorrow, however, at the age of 46, Todorov will enter the ring for the first time in twelve years.
Todorov told fightnews.com “I am starting to find my old form”. At his age and given the length of his absence from competition it is hard to take those words or this “comeback” seriously. Yet, none of that compares to the delusional comments he made in relation to Mayweather.
According to Fightnews the Bulgarian feels that it wouldn’t take long for him to get into the shape necessary to trouble Floyd. “I need five months in the gym to prepare myself for him and I promise that it will be very interesting inside the ropes if we meet once again”, said the man known as “Sarafa”.
Hey, I guess that rules him out of Mayweather’s September date!