Don’t be surprised if you see John Farnham, sorry Anthony Mundine, back in a boxing ring one day.
Kelly Slater, Justin Langer, Gorden Tallis and all the bells and whistles were brought out for the controversial Aussie sports star’s “official retirement” from boxing on Wednesday, but there was Mundine, a fighter to the end, talking about making a comeback.
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“The only fight I would come back for, only one, that’s Danny Green,” said Mundine, unprompted in an interview with Fox Sports.
“But obviously at 80 or 85kgs. If he wanted it and the people wanted it, that’s the only one I would do. Nothing else. But I’m not even thinking about boxing. They’d have to come to us (with an offer).”
Green, 48, hasn’t fought since the rematch between the two rivals in Adelaide in February, 2017.
Mundine, 45, probably should have stopped soon after too, winning his next fight against Tommy Browne before finishing his career with three consecutive defeats against Jeff Horn, John Wayne Parr and Michael Zerafa.
Green, who lost a 2006 blockbuster against The Man by unanimous decision, was talking more sensibly in a tribute he posted to Mundine on his Facebook page on Wednesday.
The Perth-born puncher said the next Green-Mundine fight would have to be between their kids.
“Congratulations Anthony Mundine on an incredible boxing career,” Green wrote. “World Champion! Speed, timing, placement, skill, strength, instinct … people who know me know that I liked your style. Was great to watch when you were on.
“We shared the longest and greatest boxing rivalry in the history of the sport in this country and our pay per view records will NEVER be eclipsed. That’s something to be very proud of Choc.
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“You were the pioneer of big PPVs in Aus. Very sad that people forgot that. You did shit your way.
“Our rivalry was and is very real. I cannot speak for you, but I do not think there is any hatred (not from my side anyway) just competitiveness and ego, the two ingredients needed to become a world champion.
“We will break bread one day and reminisce about the 15 year domination of PPVs in Aus we shared. You were the highest paid fighter of all time in Aus. That’s very unique. Well played.
“For today I will give you a pass and you can tell everyone you were the better fighter. For today only.
“Thankyou for the epic memories old mate. All the best for whatever you do in the future.
1 a piece. Maybe our sons may get the Man v Machine juggernaut rolling in the future!”
Boxing record: 48 wins (28 knockouts), 11 defeats
World titles: WBA super middleweight, IBO middleweight, WBA interim super-welterweight
Boxing record: 36 wins (28 knockouts), five defeats
World titles: WBC interim super-middleweight, WBA light-heavyweight, IBO cruiserweight