Floyd Mayweather: Retirement opens the door for others, insists WBC chiefWritten by Joshua Broom
World Boxing Council president Mauricio Sulaiman has stated that he considers Floyd Mayweather Jr's recent retirement to be a definitive boon for up and coming talent in the sport of boxing.
Sulaiman is expected to declare Mayweather's Welterweight and Junior Middleweight titles vacant as of Friday.
The 38 year-old Mayweather put the finishing touches on a career defined by perfection Saturday night as he cruised to victory against a grossly over-matched Andre Berto.
With the win Floyd matched Rocky Marciano's vaunted 49-0 mark.
With his abdication of the throne last weekend, Mayweather has opened a door of golden opportunity for the next generation of stars in and around the welterweight division.
It was in this sentiment that Mauricio Sulaiman recently had this statement for Boxingscene.com concerning Mayweather's decision to step away from the sport:
"He confirmed his retirement from boxing. For me, I think it would be something spectacular if he didn't return, because it would mark the start of an era for a new generation of fighters. He goes out on top, unbeaten with health and money, If he can maintain that position it would set an example."
Certainly Floyd's absence from the sport paves the way for a new pound for pound king to emerge.
His retirement also allows young fighters such as Keith Thurman, Amir Imam, Kell Brook, Sadam Ali and the Charlo twins to vie for major world titles.