Boxing: Floyd Mayweather rules out return

Floyd Mayweather and Adrien Broner

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Floyd Mayweather insists he has no intention of returning to the ring following his retirement from boxing in September 2015.

The American hung up his gloves after winning all 49 of his professional fights, with 26 coming by knockout.

The 39-year-old’s impressive record is only matched by compatriot Rocky Marciano, but he insists that he has no plans to return to try and surpass the former heavyweight champion.

Mayweather said: “Absolutely not. For my body to recover from all my fights will be for the rest of my life. I’m truly blessed to have been fighting for so much of my life.”

The five-division world champion, whose last fight was a unanimous decision victory against Andre Berto last year, is instead focusing his attention on a different aspect side of the sport.

Mayweather is currently promoting British light-welterweight Ashley Theophane ahead of his bout with American Adrien Broner in Washington on April 1 and is keen to see one of his fighters surpass his own achievements over the coming years.

He added: “I want these guys to break my records. I was able to retire from the sport with all my faculties. I did not let the sport retire me.”

Theophane is an outsider to win the fight at the DC Armory at 13.00, while WBA super light-welterweight champion Broner is on offer at 1.03 to retain his title, and the draw is 23.00.

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