Mayweather looking to extend legacy


LAS VEGAS -- As Floyd Mayweather Jr. looks over the landscape of the sport of which he is king, he sometimes wonders what else is there to accomplish.

Even though Mayweather is 37, he remains at the top of his game, beating opponents fight in and fight out with ease, without the slightest sign of slippage.

He is undefeated, has won world titles in five weight classes, simultaneously holds titles at welterweight and junior middleweight and was the highest-paid athlete in the world in 2013, collecting a minimum of $73.5 million for two lopsided wins against Robert Guerrero and Canelo Alvarez, the latter fight shattering boxing's all-time revenue record.

He also took time out Thursday night to pick up his 2013 Boxing Writers Association of America Sugar Ray Robinson Fighter of the Year award at the organization's annual dinner.

But other than a fight with Manny Pacquiao, which Mayweather doesn't seem to have much use for -- and a fight that will never mean as much as it would have had they met when they were both at the top of their game in 2010 -- there is little else for him to do that would dramatically enhance his legacy, perhaps with the exception of seeking out a middleweight title shot.

So although Mayweather will face fellow welterweight titleholder Marcos Maidana in a 147-pound unification fight on Saturday night (Showtime PPV, 9 ET) at the MGM Grand Garden Arena, forgive the king if he is just a bit restless.

"I'm being honest. I be contemplating every day about getting out of the sport now," an introspective Mayweather said this week. "I'm very, very comfortable. I think that it's not really hard for me to get up when I get to the boxing gym -- it's like getting me to the gym.

"I go in the garages and I look around [and say, looking over a fleet of dozens of luxury cars], 'Do I want to drive you, you, you, you, you?' I go on the other side and say, 'Do I want to drive you, you?'"

As middleweight legend Marvelous Marvin Hagler once said about training after accumulating so much success and wealth, "It's hard to get up at 6 a.m. when you're wearing silk pajamas."

Mayweather's comments on possibly retiring caught Leonard Ellerbe, his close friend and CEO of Mayweather Promotions, off guard.

"All this is history we are experiencing now," he said. "There may be other great fighters that come along, but I personally don't feel there will ever be another Floyd Mayweather. We are all witnessing history. Floyd made an interesting comment that this very well could be his last fight. I was shocked. This was news to me. We have a long-term deal with our partner, Showtime. But we never know, come Saturday night this could be it. Any and everything we do is getting a glimpse of history. This will never be duplicated again. Never."

To put into perspective just how long Mayweather has been a dominant force in boxing, look no further than Robert Garcia, Maidana's trainer. In 1998, Mayweather was a junior lightweight champion at the same time that Garcia also held a 130-pound world title. Had Garcia beaten the late Diego Corrales in early 1999, there was a good chance he would have faced Mayweather in a unification fight.

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