Floyd Mayweather Confirms He Is Coming Out Of Retirement To Fight Conor McGregor
As the banter continues between Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor, it becomes increasingly more likely that the two men will pair up for what would be the biggest fight in combat sports history.
Well set into retirement, Mayweather has been busy touring the UK in a Q & A spoken tour. Just an arms reach from McGregor’s home town, it comes as no surprise that he continues to be the focus of conversation in most of his appearances.
The potential fight looked to be off just a couple of weeks ago, when Floyd denied he would be coming out of retirement at all.
“Although there has been several rumors circulating thru media suggesting that I will have an upcoming fight, I’d like to set that record straight and state that there has been no deals made on my behalf in regards to a bout with any fighter at this time. I am happily retired and enjoying my life! Rest assured that if any changes come about, I will be the first to let the world know!”
But this week, it appeared as though some developments had been made, when Mayweather asked McGregor to sign the papers – implying a contract and offer had been put on the table.
“If Conor McGregor really wants this fight to happen, stop blowing smoke up everybody’s ass. Sign the paper. Sign the paper. You said you were boss, just sign the paper and let’s make it happen.” Mayweather told ESPN.
And if this wasn’t enough to indicate the fight might be coming soon, Mayweather officially announced that he is coming out of retirement.
“Today, I’m officially out of retirement for Conor McGregor,” Mayweather said in a video posted by FightHype.com.
He even went as far as saying he’d like the fight to happen in June.
“We don’t need to waste no time. We need to make this [expletive] happen quickly. Let’s get it on in June.”
After his final fight in 2015, Mayweather took his career record to 49-0, equally the record set by Rocky Marciano. And despite plenty of opportunities to put the gloves on one more time to break the record, Floyd hasn’t seemed interested, until a super fight with McGregor started to become a reality.
It is unquestionable that in the time Mayweather has been retired, McGregor has become the ultimate draw in combat sports pay per view buys.
And that’s where setting this fight up gets a little messy. McGregor claims he is the biggest draw in the fight business, while Floyd disagrees.
“When I faced Arturo Gatti, I went to his turf. He was the ‘A’ side, I was the ‘B’ side. I beat him, I didn’t cry, I didn’t complain. When I faced Oscar De La Hoya, he was the ‘A’ side, I was the ‘B’ side. I didn’t cry, I didn’t complain, I beat him, and I became the A side. For Conor McGregor, I’m coming out of retirement, just to fight Conor McGregor,” Mayweather said.
“I don’t want to hear no more excuses about the money, about the UFC. Sign the paper with the UFC so you can fight me in June. Simple and plain. Let’s fight in June. You’re the ‘B’ side, I’m the ‘A’ side. We’re not here to cry about money. I’m tired of all this crying about money and talking about you want to fight. You blowing smoke up everybody’s ass. If you want to fight, sign the paperwork, let’s do it.”
As of this time, McGregor is yet to make a public response to Floyd.
You can catch the full video interview with Floyd here: