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Floyd Mayweather vs. Manny Pacquiao or Canelo Alvarez? Not likely

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Floyd Mayweather Jr. et al. on a court: Associated Press © Associated Press Associated Press

Floyd Mayweather evidently has no plans whatsoever to fight again in a sanctioned bout.

The 42-year-old all-time great told Reuters that he's finished as a boxer, although he is open to participating in more exhibitions. He said his focus is on his chain of boxing fitness gyms and his promotional company.

So much for rematches with Manny Pacquiao and Canelo Alvarez.

"I've got calls to get back into the ring, but my health is my wealth," Mayweather told the wire service at the opening of one of his gyms in Torrance, California. "Boxing is a very, very brutal sport. In the last few years a lot of fighters have died inside that squared circle."

He added, "You have got to know when to hang it up. I had a great career."

Mayweather "retired" in 2007 but came back in 2009, easily outpointing Juan Manuel Marquez to kick off one last serious run in his career. He walked away again after beating Andre Berto in 2015 only to return once more to face MMA star Conor McGregor in 2017.

That was his last fight, giving him a final record of 50-0. Since then, he has done exhibitions. One took place in January, when he defeated Japanese kick boxer Tenshin Nasukawa.

"I'll still travel and do exhibitions. I make great money doing exhibitions, between $10 and $30 million," he said. "I think I make more doing that than most fighters make fighting."

Mayweather also said he expects to expand into mixed martial arts one day.

"Eventually I will move on to build my brand in MMA," he said, "but for right now I'm in boxing, and boxing will always be at the top as long as I'm involved."

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