Floyd Mayweather could be tempted out of retirement to face the winner of Danny Garcia v Keith Thurman, according to the Executive Vice-President of Showtime Sports.
Garcia and Thurman square off in a huge Welterweight unification fight on March 4th, live on BoxNation, and Stephen Espinoza has mentioned the possibility of Mayweather facing the winner.
“Maybe the winner of Garcia v Thurman - maybe he sees something in that fight that draws his attention. Certainly, we’ll be calling him after that fight and asking him what he thought,” he said.
Espinoza organised a multi-fight deal with Floyd which ended when the American legend retired in September 2015 after defeating Andre Berto. Ever since that bout the television network have been attempting to lure Mayweather back to the ring.
“We went from zero percent to five-to-10 percent. In all the private conversations, I’ve never even heard him say 90 or 95 percent,” continued the Showtime Sports executive.
“He looks pretty happy being connected with the sport as a promoter, and really not being in the gym. But I think if something piques his interest, who knows?”
Mayweather has changed his tune slightly in recent weeks, leading to rumours about a possible big-money comeback. Espinoza is positive but for now, remains realistic.
“I think we’re at a point where he’s going to be 40 next month, 19 years in the sport is a long time, in this endeavour. That’s a long time in any job, but in boxing it’s a lifetime,” he added.