Floyd Mayweather rules out return to boxing at the 2016 Rio Olympics

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Settle for second best? Mayweather does not care about securing Olympic gold (Source: Getty)

Floyd Mayweather has ruled out a return to the ring to compete in the Olympic Games at Rio de Janeiro later this year, after a rule change allowing professional boxers to compete prompted speculation he may enter to win a gold medal that eluded him earlier in his career.

The undefeated fighter, considered by many to be one of the sport's best ever, announced his retirement last September after equalling Rocky Marciano's record of 49 fights without loss.

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Mayweather's only disappointment came at the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta where he was denied gold by a controversial judges' decision in the semi-final.

Mayweather competing at the 1996 Olympics (Source: Getty)

World boxing's governing body, the AIBA, recently said it would ditch rules which have prevented any fighter with 15 ore more professional fights from competing at the Olympics.

But the super-rich American insists he will not take advantage of the change to compete at this year's Games in Rio.

"Absolutely not," replied Mayweather when asked about a potential Olympic return.

"For my body to recover from all my fights will be for the rest of my life. I'm truly blessed to have been fighting for so much of my life.

"I had a great run. Ain't no more for this body to heal but rest. I was able to retire from the sport with all my faculties. I did not let the sport retire me."

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