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DOUBLE TAKE: The post decision, decision

Matt Algarin and Andrew Metz
Matt Algarin and Andrew Metz

Matt's Take:

As much as I'd love to see Floyd Mayweather go away, it's not going to happen.

"Money Mayweather" said he was going to retire after he trounced Andre Berto in his latest bout. But does anyone really believe Mayweather is just going to hang up the gloves?

At 49-0, there is really nothing left for Mayweather to prove inside the boxing ring. We know he will go down as one of the best to ever step in the ring.

Say what you will about him as a person, and he's not a very good one at that, but he's dynamic in the ring. He's got more talent than he'll ever know what to do with.

We know Mayweather doesn't need the money. He was No. 1 on Forbe's annual list of highest celebrity earners, as well as the highest paid athletes list. According to Forbes, Mayweather has earned $700 million in his 19-year career.

That's stupid money. What do you even do with that kind of cash? I can think of a few things I'd buy, but surely not $700 million worth.

Don't get me wrong, I'd like to try.

But back to reality.

There is absolutely no reason for Mayweather to keep fighting. He's proven all that he needs to in the ring.

As much as the fans may want to see a Mayweather-Pacquiao rematch, it more than likely won't happen unless Mayweather all of a sudden starts running short on cash.

Much like the rest of the world speculates, the idea of going 50-0, surpassing Rocky Marciano's undefeated mark will probably prove too appealing for Mayweather to walk away completely.

It's only a matter of time before we see Mayweather in the ring again, and the fans will lineup in Vegas to see the fight. 

Andrew’s Take:

Money is cashing in.

No more drawn-out, technically-sound victories. What will boxing fans do? (Probably enjoy the sport a little more.)

On Saturday evening, after he won a decision over Andre Berto, Mayweather was clear about his future.

“It’s over.”

I’d call that definitive. Now you just have to decide if you trust the words Floyd Mayweather Jr.

I do not trust him. I’m not saying that he is getting back into the ring, but I’d put my money on his return. This dude is a one-man circus, and now he’s just supposed to ride off into the Nevada sunset?

We all know he’s not leaving the spotlight. Now that he (supposedly) doesn’t have to invest time in training, there’s plenty of time shenanigans. I’d also put my money on “reality television.”

Of course, sports fans are questioning the validity of the claim.

Regardless of my skepticism, I feel that Mayweather should stay retired. Besides excessive riches, what does he have to gain by reentering the ring?

Obviously, there’s questions surrounding his career, and I won’t even listen to the “best of all-time” conversation. But, at this point, Mayweather can only diminish his 19-year career.

What’s he supposed to do, keep fighting until he loses?

Things would be different if the Pacquiao fight didn’t happen. I agree that this fight was about five years too late, but that’s history. Mayweather won the biggest fight of his career, and there’s no reason to try to do it again.

Honestly, I have no interest in the sequel to diminished legends match. It’s liking watching the PGA Champions Tour in instead the majors.

Muhammad Ali fought too long. His fight against Larry Holmes in 1980 was nothing but sad. And, whether or not he’s considered the best of all-time, his reputation suffered.

Boxers have more discipline than any other athletes, but Mayweather’s sense of pride is stronger, and it will lead him to go for 50-0.