The best pound for pound fighter in boxing has decided to walk away from the sport next year. During a press conference, in advance of Saturday’s rematch against Marcos Maidana, Mayweather said that he plans to retire at the conclusion of his six-fight Showtime/CBS contract, which will likely be next September. “I only got two more fights left (after Saturday) and after the next two fights I just want to build the Mayweather Promotions brand. My next fight [after Maidana] is in May [next year] and my last fight is in September, so a year from now will be my last fight,” said the 37-year-old legend. “My focus is on Maidana. I can’t focus on the other two fights after that. I have to focus on Maidana. After that we can’t say who’s the next two are going to be but I’m pretty sure the next two will be exciting fights.” Last May, Maidana gave the champ one of the most competitive fights of his dominant career, landing 221 punches, which is the most ever against Mayweather. He has enjoyed quite a bit of success in the boxing ring, amassing a 46-0 record with 26 knockouts (KOs). Although he will no longer be fighting, Mayweather still plans to be involved in the sport as a promoter. “I’ll still work with my stable of fighters, still build the Mayweather Promotions brand,” he said. “We have young fighters that we work with.”
Fighters entering fights with undisclosed injuries is nothing new, but their opponents aren’t always aware of the injury so soon. In the opening round of UFC 283, Brandon Moreno was attacked by Deiveson Figueiredo on a compromised knee. In the first quadrilogy, Moreno defeated Figueiredo by 2-1-1 doctor stoppage in the third round. The fight was generally controlled by Moreno, but he found himself threatened by Figueiredo’s heel hook late in Round 1. Despite its name, the heel hook has devastating effects on knee ligaments.