Floyd Mayweather Jr. has no interest in unretiring, he told media on Monday, five days after boxing’s international governing body said star professional fighters could be made eligible for the Olympics.
“Absolutely not,” Mayweather said when asked if he missed the spotlight, according to media at a Washington D.C. press conference promoting the Adrien Broner–Ashley Theophane fight April 1. “For my body to recover from all my fights will be for the rest of my life.”
On Wednesday, AIBA president Ching-Kuo Wu said a proposal to open Olympic boxing to all fighters could be ratified within months, potentially in time for the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro in August, according to The Associated Press.
“Do I think it’s going to happen this year? No,” USA Boxing executive director Mike Martino said, according to the AP. “Practically speaking, we’re looking at 2020.”
Mayweather, who will be 43 come the Tokyo 2020 Games, went 49-0 as a pro, but suffered defeats as an amateur, most notably, most controversially and most recently at the Atlanta 1996 Olympic semifinals to Bulgarian Serafim Todorov.
Mayweather came back to earn bronze in Atlanta and turned pro after the Games.