Ariza: Mayweather not coming back
DESPITE all the talk about a possible comeback by undefeated former pound-for-pound king Floyd Mayweather Jr., his strength and conditioning coach Alex Ariza believes a comeback is far-fetched.
In a lengthy conversation with The Standard/boxingmirror.com, Ariza said: “We talked and he is adamant about retiring and taking care of his kids.”
Ariza pointed out that Mayweather has been 19 years in the boxing business.
“I don’t know what is left out there for him to do, what’s going to motivate him,” said Ariza, who noted that Mayweather has made almost a billion dollars and he’s beaten everybody in the sport. “I don’t know who is going to really motivate him to come back and I don’t know how much money they can offer him.”
Ariza was also asked whether beating heavyweight champion Rocky Marciano’s record of 49-0, which he equaled in a lopsided win over Andre Berto, will motivate the American boxer.
“I don’t know whether Floyd really holds those things at the same level people hold them,” Ariza said. “Floyd has done it all, made all the money. He’s the richest athlete in the world. He’s Forbes No. 1, he’s broken all the records, beaten all the champions and to beat Marciano’s record, I don’t think it’s one of those things on his mind.”
At the same time, Ariza strongly defended Mayweather’s use of IV on the eve of his May 2 showdown with Manny Pacquiao, insisting that IV doesn’t do anything and both the Nevada State Athletic Commission and the US Anti Doping Agency in their written findings said Floyd did nothing wrong.
He said USADA requested for the IV because of Mayweather’s dehydration state and conceded that “nobody is ever going to talk well about Floyd. They are always looking for something controversial, but he does what every athlete out there has done before and currently does. If people think he beat Manny Pacquiao because he was dehydrated they should follow another sport.”