Former IBF welterweight champion, Shawn Porter (26-1, 16KOs), believes that Floyd Mayweather Jr. (49-0, 26KOs) will come out retirement for one last fight.
Mayweather, a five-division world champion, retired last September when he claimed a unanimous decision victory over Andre Berto at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Porter is not the only person who feels Floyd will return for another fight. In fact, there are a large number of people within the industry who feel that Floyd is watching how the first half of 2016 plays out before deciding upon his next opponent.
Mayweather was in attendance at Garcia vs. Guerrero and although he wasn’t overly impressed, Porter is convinced Mayweather will be paying close attention to his upcoming bout with Keith Thurman.
“I don’t think he’s retired. I’ve heard things about him coming back once more, but only once more,” said Porter to On The Ropes Boxing Radio. “He’s tied the record and he’s trying to break the record, but at the same time, I think he’s gonna watch this fight and whatever happens between Keith and I, and if he feels like he can beat one of us, he’ll come back. I think if he doesn’t feel like he can beat one of us, he won’t come back. We’ll see what happens, I feel like March 12th is a very deciding factor for not only the rest of 2016 but also the years to come.”
The rumour Porter alludes to is something we have also heard from sources close to Al Haymon. If the rumour is true, then Mayweather will return to the ring in September.
In terms of potential opponents, it seems Floyd will not only be paying close attention to Porter vs. Thurman but also to Canelo vs. Khan and Pacquiao vs. Bradley before deciding who to face in his 50th bout.