According to his personal Instagram, unbeaten boxing champion Floyd Mayweather is coming out of retirement to battle Manny Pacquiao in the ring later this year.
Mayweather dropped the bombshell early Saturday morning with a video detailing a previous spat the pair of boxers had outside of a venue in Japan this week.
“I’m coming back to fight Manny Pacquiao this year. Another 9 figure pay day on the way.”
Mayweather, who’s 50-0 all-time, last fought in 2017, a one-time bout with Conor McGregor that drew a record-setting payday and pay-per-view buys for Mayweather and his team.
“You won’t see me in the ring no more,” Mayweather said in August 2017. “Any guy that’s calling me out? Forget it. I’m OK. I had a great career. I had a tremendous career. I did walk away from this sport before. Very comfortable. I didn’t have to come back. But we do foolish things sometimes. All of us do foolish things. But I’m not a damn fool. If I see an opportunity to make $300-, $350 million in 36 minutes, why not? I had to do it. But this is the last one. You guys have my word.
“I look forward to becoming a boxing trainer. Just helping trainers. My dad is a hell of a trainer. He taught me this sport. And everything that he taught me from day one, I still know. But I want to help other trainers make fighters better. And teach fighters about becoming a superstar not just in a ring, but on the outside. “A lot of times, fighters think that ‘I’m undefeated’ or ‘I’m a knockout puncher. That makes me a superstar.’ It takes more than that. It takes a lot of work on the outside. And surrounding yourself with the right team to become a mega superstar.”
According to reports, Mayweather’s guaranteed disclosed paycheck was $100 million and McGregor’s guaranteed disclosed paycheck was $30 million, but estimated profits exceeded $300 million for Mayweather.
Billed as The Fight of the Century, Mayweather fought Pacquiao in 2015 at MGM Grand and won by unanimous decision. According to Bankrate.com, Mayweather’s net worth is just over $400 million.
“Floyd Mayweather v Manny Pacquiao II with just the WBA ‘regular’ title on the line is everything the world needs right now,” boxing analyst Michael Benson tweeted.