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.
I currently reside in Rome Georgia and have been published as a writer along with being an avid life long fan of the "Sweet Science" chiefly among other sports.
Among my favorite memories as a child include staying up late to watch ESPN and USA network boxing coverage and then watching the big premium weekend fights while visiting my grandparents.
As an adult, I watch all the fights a through z and consider myself somewhat of a modern historian.
My favorite fighters include the late Arturo Gatti, Kostya Tszyu, Evander Holyfield and Manny Pacquiao just to name a few.
I'm excited to see the sport I love back on primetime network t.v. and am optimistic about the future of boxing.