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Floyd Mayweather may fight Manny Pacquiao this year but will avoid star duo – FRANK WARREN

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Floyd Mayweather could fight Manny Pacquiao this year but will avoid star duo

Floyd Mayweather could fight Manny Pacquiao this year but will avoid star duo (Pic: GETTY)

And I’d even admit he is much better than me! 

In fact, he is better than all of us as he keeps earning huge money despite being retired. 

This week he got paid £7.15m for knocking out Japanese kick-boxing star Tenshin Nasukawa inside a round in Tokyo. 

Not bad work, if you can get it. 

“Mayweather says he is still retired”

Frank Warren

Mayweather, 41, has been heavily criticised for the exhibition fight but if people are willing to pay for it, what is he supposed to do? Turn it down? 

He’s not stupid. He is actually one of the best businessmen in the world as well as one of the great fighters. 

There is the fact that the guy he was ‘fighting’ was 9lb lighter than him when they got in the ring, had never boxed professionally and was 21 years his junior. 

It was also an exhibition contest that did not count towards either man’s record. 

Nasukawa

Mayweather took just 140 seconds to beat kickboxer Tenshin Nasukawa this week (Pic: GETTY)

What did those who put this guy in the ring with a pound-for-pound boxing star think would happen? 

Mayweather says he is still retired with his 50-0 record intact. 

But there will surely be offers to tempt him into the ring for a real fight this year. 

A rematch with Manny Pacquiao has been mooted and if the Filipino puncher beats Adrien Broner this month, it might happen. 

Manny Pacquiao

A potential rematch with Manny Pacquiao has been mooted for this year (Pic: GETTY)

Mayweather, who outclassed Pacquiao in 2015, would still be able to beat his long-time rival even at his current age if they do meet again for huge money. 

But he is too clever to get in with those at the top of the welterweight division now should the likes of Errol Spence Jnr or Terence Crawford call him out. 

And it doesn’t matter how much cash is on offer. The American knows he would lose to those two who are just entering their prime, while he is past his best. And that explains perfectly why he is the best promoter in the sport.

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