Floyd Mayweather's eventual comeback had always been a given. Now, seven months after his supposed final fight, it's beginning to take shape.
Over the weekend Mayweather said he's had discussions with CBS and Showtime about getting back in the ring and "some crazy numbers" have been thrown around. Now ESPN is reporting that that Mayweather's team has trademarked a couple of terms that suggest a comeback is nigh.
On April 21, Mayweather Promotions filed for trademarks on "TMT 50" and "TBE 50." Those abbreviations stands for "The Money Team" and "The Best Ever," respectively, but it's that "50" that tells us all we need to know—the 49-0 fighter is planning to come back to win his 50th.
Mayweather continues to play coy, telling Showtime that he's happy where he's at. But everyone knows he'll be back in the ring, the only question now is who will be in the other corner.
Manny Pacquiao is the obvious opponent and the Filipino legend's own promoter has said the fight is "more likely than not." But it's not clear that fans would get excited for a rematch between two fighters coming out of fake retirement for one more payday.
More compelling opponents include feared middleweight knockout artist Gennady Golovkin, who might actually beat Mayweather, meaning the fight would never happen, and Mexican superstar Canelo Alvarez, who was easily outboxed by Mayweather in September 2013, but has improved since then.
The most likely opponent though is whoever Mayweather believes he can easily defeat. He's not going to step into the ring unless he's certain his new trademarks will be relevant when he steps out.
The man's all about money, and no one's buying a hoodie that says "TMT 49-1."