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Mayweather drops retirement hint

ESPN staff
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Floyd Mayweather Jr has suggested he may retire from boxing due to a lack of viable opponents.

The American extended his unbeaten record to 43 with a gritty win over Miguel Cotto at the weekend, but he was made to work hard to see off his rival.

There seems no sign that he will agree a deal to fight Manny Pacquiao, but Amir Khan and Saul Alvarez are on the horizon. Despite those two fights likely to draw in the punters, Mayweather is leaning towards hanging up his gloves.

"There really isn't anybody out there for me to fight," he is quoted as saying on boxingscene.com. "So I really don't know where my career is going to go from here. There is nothing [left] but the young pups, the strong young pups coming up. And they are probably going to try to build a young guy [for a fight with me].

"I've been feeling like [I wanted to retire] before this fight. Like I said before, if it is my last my fight at least I gave the fans [what they wanted]."

Promoters have been trying to do a deal to bring Mayweather and Pacquiao together, but there is no light at the end of the tunnel and Mayweather feels it is the fault of the Filipino.

He said: "I went to Pacquiao and offered him $40 million. I called him and talked to him direct. I offered him $40 million and said that I would wire him $20 million in 48 hours. He turned me down. He basically said [that he wants] 50-50. I said 'how can you say that you want 50-50 when you are not doing the same [pay-per-view] numbers that I'm doing?'

"If you go back and read the article, he said that he would do [the fight] for less [money]. Then he said he wouldn't take the random blood and urine tests, so it's just been a problem trying to make this fight."

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