We always knew Father Time would conquer Floyd Mayweather at some point, but some may not have seen the defeat coming this soon.
An Associated Press report (via ABCNews.com) quoted the unbeaten star as saying that September 2015 will be the last time he steps in the ring:
Floyd Mayweather Jr. says he'll fight for the last time in September next year.
Mayweather told guests at a gala dinner in South Africa on Friday that he remembers his first fight when he was a kid in 1987, and that "September 2015 will be my last."
The unbeaten five-division world champion, considered by many the best boxer of his era, said after beating Canelo Alvarez in a dominating display last September that he had four fights and two years left in his career.
This retirement would likely coincide with the end of his current pay-per-view contract with Showtime. Back in February 2013, he signed a six-fight, 30-month deal with the network. Mayweather's already had two fights since signing that deal and will have a third in May. From there, he would need one more fight in 2014 and then two more in 2015 to fulfill the obligations of the deal.
Despite the fact that that contract runs out in 2015, many will likely be surprised that Mayweather is already planning his retirement.
Even at 36 years old, Mayweather remains one of the best pound-for-pound boxers in the world. He has yet to lose in the ring, posting a 45-0 record with 26 knockouts.
This news also raises doubts about the proposed superfight between Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao. It doesn't leave a lot of time for the two camps to iron out the issues that have so far derailed every opportunity to make the fight happen. But the ticking clock could also force each fighter's hand.
Whether or not Mayweather and Pacquiao meet in the ring, there's little doubt as to the legacy of "Money May." He'll be remembered as one of the best fighters of his generation, and it appears you'd better catch him while you still can.