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No sign of Mayweather return, says Showtime boss

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Photo by Naoki Fukuda

Photo by Naoki Fukuda

Showtime boss Stephen Espinoza has spoken with Floyd Mayweather Jr. twice since he won a decisive decision against Andre Berto on Sept. 12 and not a word has been about fighting again.

Still, despite Mayweather’s claim that he’s retired, Espinoza said he planned to stay in touch to “take his temperature” on his interest in stepping back into the ring.

“He’s enjoying his time,” Espinoza told “I don’t know how he ended up in Bora Bora (in the South Pacific). He seems to be enjoying it.”

And the topic of their conversations?

“Not a word about coming back,” he said. “I don’t think it’s even in the realm of his consideration right now.”

Espinoza expects to talk to Mayweather in the future as he plans a possible ShowBox card involving Mayweather Promotions before the end of the year.

“There will be ample opportunity to sort of take his temperature,” Espinoza said. “But I’m not holding my breath. I still think if I was a betting man I would say he’s not coming back.”

Mayweather isn’t totally removed from the sport, however.

He did have a chance to watch protege Adrien Broner’s recent win through the Facetime app, a Showtime spokesman said.

Broner stopped Khabib Allakhverdiev in the 12th round to win a vacant junior welterweight title.