Floyd Mayweather, Jr. of the U.S. poses with his title belts after defeating Manny Pacquiao of the Philippines in their welterweight WBO, WBC and WBA (Super) title fight in Las Vegas, Nevada, May 3 (Manila time), 2015. REUTERS/Steve Marcus
Floyd Mayweather Jr. will relinquish all of the championships that he currently holds sometime soon, and his last fight – scheduled for September – may end up being a non-title fight.
Mayweather made the announcement in the post-fight press conference following his unanimous decision victory over Filipino legend Manny Pacquiao that solidified his status as the best boxer of his era.
"I'm gonna relinquish all my belts," Mayweather said. "I made a decision at the back that my last fight may not be a championship fight. I'm gonna give up all the belts."
"It's still gonna be a 12-round fight, but I'm gonna relinquish all the belts," he added.
Mayweather may give up his titles as early as Monday although it may also take a couple of weeks, the fighter said.
The victory over Pacquiao allowed Mayweather to annex the WBO welterweight belt, adding it to the WBA (Super), WBC and The RING welterweight titles that he retained. Mayweather also owns the WBC and WBA light middleweight championships.
Asked why he plans to relinquish all of his titles, Mayweather said: "Other fighters need a chance… I'm not greedy."
"I'm world champion at two different weight classes right now. I'm undisputed welterweight champion, I got the WBC and the WBA at super welterweight… it's time for other fighters to fight for the belt," he explained.
In his 19-year career, Mayweather has won 11 world titles in five different weight divisions.
He will fight his last fight in September to fulfill a six-match deal with Showtime and CBS, but Mayweather admits that his passion for boxing has waned over the years.
"I don't really think I'm gonna miss this sport," he said. "I don't really watch boxing."
"At one particular time, I loved the sport of boxing. I wanted to go to every fight, I wanted to be at every boxing event," he added. "But throughout the years, I just lost the love for the sport."