Healthy, wealthy and wise, Mayweather strolls into retirement – ESPN

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LAS VEGAS — Father Time will always be undefeated, but Floyd Mayweather, who closed out his legendary career on his own terms Saturday night at T-Mobile Arena, came about close as any fighter can come.

Mayweather came out of a two-year retirement at age 40 to take on UFC 155-pound champion Conor McGregor, because who wouldn’t return from a two-year layoff at age 40 to earn — when the cash register stops ringing from the fight — perhaps $300 million for one night’s work in another record-breaking event?

Mayweather put in real work, too, on his way to a 10th-round technical knockout of McGregor, a novice boxer making his pro debut in a fight that was wholly illogical — which was probably one of the reasons millions of people were so intrigued.

But even though Mayweather won (and easily after McGregor captured maybe three early rounds), the fact that he had any problems with McGregor whatsoever was a sign — he is no longer the fighter who dominated one star fighter after another, like Manny Pacquiao, Canelo Alvarez, Oscar De La Hoya, Shane Mosley and Miguel Cotto, to name a few.

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As outstanding as McGregor is in the UFC Octagon, he is not a boxer; the fact that he even had remote success, however fleeting, against Mayweather demonstrated that Mayweather is no longer untouchable.

Father Time was knocking on his door, like he does to everyone. Mayweather is no exception, and he knew it even before the fight.

“I’m not the same fighter I was 21 years ago. I’m not the same fighter I was 10 years ago. I’m not even the same fighter I was two years ago,” Mayweather said leading up to the fight. It was refrain he repeated often during the prefight hype.

Mayweather is still a fantastic athlete and was in great condition, but he is no exception to the rule. Everybody gets old. He was, however, smart enough to realize it, electing to retire from the sport rather than the sport retiring him, which is what happens to most great fighters.

“This is my last fight, ladies and gentleman. For sure, this is my last fight,” he said after the victory that gave him a beautiful 50-0 record to walk away with.

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