NEW YORK - Retirement by definition is final. Let's be honest and say Floyd Mayweather Jr. is taking a vacation.
The unofficial pound-for- pound king said before his 12-round, split-decision victory over Oscar De La Hoya on Saturday that he would hang it up for good afterward. But he hedged at a post-fight press conference and said during a whirlwind media blitz in New York on Thursday that he's waiting for De La Hoya to call for a rematch.
"We had a good fight," Mayweather said, chomping on a sandwich at HBO headquarters. "I think that number two would be even better, because we can fight toe-to-toe. And I really have nothing else to prove in this sport."
That's not entirely true. Pretty Boy is trying to get his young promotional company off the ground, and another big payday wouldn't hurt. Mayweather said he made $25 million to $30 million on the fight, which drew a record 2.15 million pay-per-view buys helped in part by the "24-7" reality show lead-in that attracted many casual fans.
De La Hoya would be well-served by a rematch, too, for his Golden Boy Promotions and his own legacy. The 34-year-old boxer has lost three of his last five fights, and Mayweather doesn't think De La Hoya is willing to go out on a loss.
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