Floyd Mayweather should call in time on his illustrious career after Saturday’s unified welterweight showdown against Manny Pacquaio, according to his father.
Mayweather, 38, bout- tagged MayPac- is the fifth of a six-fight contract with broadcaster Showtime, with the American planning to fight one more time after the super-fight at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
“I hope he walks away after this fight.” Mayweather Sr told the Sunday Telegraph. “This is a gambler’s game and I don’t think Floyd should be gambling too much.”
Mayweather, 47-0, 26KOS, Already has the WBA and WBC belts in his 19-year professional boxing career and is looking to add the Ring Welterweight title.
He gave up his WBC light-middleweight title after his bout with countryman Oscar de la Hoya in May 2007, but later came out of his brief retirement in July to announce his fight with Britain’s Ricky Hatton.
He also threw in the towel in June 2008 but returned in May 2009 to fight Juan Manuel Marquez.
Mayweather Sr, 62, added: “Once you reach that pedigree and make that kind of money, you don’t have to fight no more.
“Whenever you get in that ring, anything can happen. It looks easy but it ain’t as easy as it looks. He makes it look easy.”
The fight is expected to generate the biggest revenue in the history of boxing and both fighters are expected to cart away about $200m.
Pacquaio off to Vegas today
Filipino, Pacquaio, 57-5-2, 38KOs will drive off from Los Angeles to Las Vegas after a final training session at the Wild Card Gym on Monday.
Pacman will be staying at the Mandalay Bay Resort.
Eight-division world champion, Pacquaio, 36, suffered successive defeats by American Timothy Bradley (KO) and Mexican Juan Manuel Marquez (UD) in 2012, but is hoping to defeat a fourth American in quick succession after rebounding with victories against Brandon Rios (2012), Timothy Bradley (2014) and Chris Algieri (2014), all by Unanimous Decisions.