Floyd Mayweather Jr invokes race in retirement talks ahead of exhibition fight

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legendary boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. he is undefeated in his professional career, winning 50 fights and 15 world titles.

At 46, he is still involved in exhibition matches, and his last fight against the grandson of American crime boss John Gotti will take place next month.

Floyd Mayweather Jr. speaks during a press conference announcing an exhibition boxing match against mixed martial artist Mikuru Asakura at The M Resort in Henderson, Nevada on June 13, 2022. (fake images)

Mayweather spoke with Fox News Digital on Thursday about the June 11 fight with John Gotti III, which will take place at the FLA Live Arena in Sunrise, Florida.

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«When you’re preparing for a show, it’s totally different,» Mayweather explained of his training. «Because when everything is on the line for a fight, it’s about feeding your family. It’s about coming out victorious. It’s about history.»

«As far as when you’re doing an exhibition, it’s all about entertaining people,» he continued. «Of course, even in a regular fight, it’s about entertaining, but it’s a little bit different. When I’m training for an exhibition, it just keeps me in shape, it keeps me working out, my cardio.»

Mayweather’s last pro win came in August 2017 against the MMA legend. Conor McGregor, a fight he won in the tenth round via technical knockout. Since then, he has competed in several exhibitions, most recently against former Bellator MMA fighter Aaron Chalmers in February.

Floyd Mayweather during an exhibition match

Mayweather, left, and Aaron Chalmers face off during their exhibition fight at The O2 in London on February 25, 2023. (Zac Goodwin/PA Images via Getty Images)

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Mayweather was also asked why he continues to fight in exhibition matches while in retirement.

He said he does it to stay in shape, among other reasons, but also called out those who he says won’t ask «white Americans» the same question.

“They want to question when black people continue to go out and have fun,” he said. «If he was taking a harsh punishment, or he was taking a beating, or he could barely walk and talk, then I can see I’m not going to entertain.»

Floyd Mayweather during an exhibition match

Mayweather says he participates in exhibition matches primarily to stay in shape and be «ambitious.» (Zac Goodwin/PA Images via Getty Images)

He continued: “But we never question when Bill Gates, Warren Buffett, the Waltons, when white Americans, Caucasians, go out and make money and make billions, we don’t ask why they don’t retire.

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«So I’m retired. I just keep my body in shape, have fun, do what I want to do.»

Mayweather went on to say that his efforts outside of the boxing ring still keep him busy, but he participates in exhibition bouts primarily to stay in shape and entertain.

«I do what I want to do because I want to, not because I have to,» he said.

Gotti is an MMA fighter and professional boxer. He is 2-0 in his boxing career and 5-1 in mixed martial arts.

Fontainebleau Miami Beach is hosting «Fight Week,» which kicks off June 8 with a pre-fight press conference featuring Mayweather and Gotti. The official weigh-in will take place on June 10.

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