Floyd Mayweather is a very rich man. His net worth, depending on who you ask, may be as high as $650 million. For that reason, it would take a truckload of cash to get him to come out of retirement and fight one more time.
Promoters seem to know that. In a recent interview with the BBC, Mayweather said people all around the world have offered him "nine figures" to get back in the ring. And yet, he demurs, content to live off of his huge bankroll and buy supercars whenever he pleases. "As of right now, I am out completely," he said.
The first clause of that quote is notable because it leaves open the possibility that Mayweather will get back in the ring. So does this quote: "If I do get the itch to come back, it really won't be for the money but I have to get paid. That's why the nickname is Floyd 'Money' Mayweather."
The question, then, is how much does he have to get paid to box again. In his final fight, a clunker against Andrew Berto, Mayweather brought down a guaranteed $32 million. That was chump change compared to the $250 million he made in his penultimate bout, the so-called Fight of the Century against Manny Pacquiao which Mayweather handily won by unanimous decision. Their 2015 fight saw a record 4.4 million pay-per-view buys and revenues north of $600 million.
It's hard to imagine Mayweather eclipsing that years-in-the-making payday, even if his next fight would have all the hype associated with a comeback. There's just no other opponent out there who could gin up the excitement that Pacquiao did.
Which is why the only chance Mayweather has of breaking his personal purse record is getting back in the ring with Pacquiao himself. The triple threat of storylines—Mayweather's return from retirement, his quest to reach 50-0 and Pacquiao's chance at revenge, however unlikely—might have fans foaming at the mouth, even if they knew the fight would almost certainly fall short of expectations.
Asked about rumors that Mayweather v. Pacquiao 2 might actually be in the works, the self-proclaimed TBE ("The Best Ever") told the BBC that there's no truth to it. But we're not ruling out the possibility just yet. Hell, the man's nickname is Money, offer him enough of it and he'll fight again, whether we want him to or not.