The former undisputed heavyweight world champion loves to tease and realistically is unlikely to make a comeback to reclaim his title
The chances of Lennox Lewis fighting again - even for £60million - are very unlikely, in spite of the quotes from the former world heavyweight champion after a sitdown with a small group of boxing writers in central London.
Lewis was there to outline his plans for a personal, global search for a new heavyweight champion. With his mentor Manny Steward having passed away earlier this year, Lewis believes the skills should be passed down to a new generation of heavyweights. He believes he could be the man to instill that.
Lewis loves to tease. And given the current slumbering state of the heavyweight division, and its lack of stars at world level, he has a dream.
George Foreman came back after 10 years away from sport, at the age of 45. The reason fighters come back is for money. And money talks in the fight business. Lewis, who was 48 last month, has not fought for 10 years, and does not need the money.
He earned £84m in his career, and last year, The Sunday Times Rich List calculated his net wealth at £94m. The quotes were speculative, and Lewis has a penchant for these words, often said tongue-in-cheek.
He was asked in Russia, ringside at Wladimir Klitschko's world title defence last weekend, if he would fight again. Russian backers had said they were prepared to put up $50m for him to fight. So Lewis upped the ante, and asked for $100m.
"They're thinking about it," he explained. "I always told everyone I would take off my pyjamas for 50 [$50million]. If someone put a hundred million in front of you would you fight. The legacy costs a lot of money, If they want the legacy that I have, that is what it's going to cost."
Lewis told me on Wednesday : "If I could get 10 years back, I'd definitely come back and clean up the heavyweight division. Instead, I'm going to clean up the heavyweight division in another way - by finding new talent and helping them. Training, managing, promoting."
Lewis, who was one of the new breed of huge heavyweights, stood 6ft 5ins tall, and using all his athleticism and reach, retired in 2004 after a 16-year professional career in which he became undisputed heavyweight champion of the world. He had come into prize-fighting after winning Olympic gold at Seoul in 1988.
Lewis retired after retaining multiple world titles against Vitali Klitschko in June 2003. His record - 42-2-1 - power, poise and presence has left him with a legacy which sees him universally regarded as the last great heavyweight champion.
"I beat Vitali so I would like to fight the other brother but we’ll see how it works out. I want to bring back the Sweet Science to heavyweight boxing," he said.
Never say never in boxing. But sources close to Lewis suggested to Telegraph Sport on Thursday morning that there are no real plans for a comeback.