Re: Would you pay fighters to retire?
This is happening as we speak, BB!
Fighters in the late stages of their careers can make money on the after-dinner speeches circuit, they write auto-biographies, they go on TV as commentators, etc.
If the money is good enough (i.e. if the punters are happy to watch them do these things) then they can afford to retire. If not, they can't.
So people have a big say in whether a fighter gets to retire at a certain point in time or not anyways.