Showtime’s cameras captured a touching scene in the Floyd Mayweather corner just before the great fighter arose from his stool for what he claims is the final round of his storied career.
Many observers of the sweet science are sceptical about Floyd Mayweather’s claims that last Saturday night’s bout with Andre Berto will be his last. It isn’t the first time, after all, that “Money” has announced his retirement.
In 2006, after a bout with Argentine Carlos Baldomir, Floyd broke down at a press conference and declared that he was hanging up his gloves. Mere months later, however, he signed on for the biggest fight of his career to that point, and the bout that helped turn him into a superstar, against Oscar De La Hoya.
Mayweather would again announce his retirement in late 2007, following his 10th round knockout win over England’s Ricky Hatton. This led to a near two-year hiatus from the sport, but in September 2009 Mayweather was back in the ring dismantling the great Juan Manuel Marquez.
Given his history, the doubt over the legitimacy of his claims is understandable.
The sceptics, however, might be more likely to believe Floyd’s assertions after they see this preview clip from Showtime’s Mayweather vs Berto ALL ACCESS Epilogue show, which will air tonight in the United States.
The footage was recorded prior to the 12th and final round of the fight, and it shows a contemplative and emotional Floyd thanking his father and cornermen for their contributions to his career. He tells each man that he loves them, and hugs his father, whom he has had a tumultuous relationship with down through the years.
It was quite a moment, and seemed genuine, but only time will tell.