MANILA, Philippines – Floyd Mayweather Jr. continues to promote a potential showdown against MMA superstar Conor McGregor, as he recently told reporters that he will only come out of retirement to fight the brash Irishman.
Mayweather has not fought since September 2015, when he cruised to a unanimous decision win over Andre Berto for a 49-0 win-loss record. In recent weeks, however, he has been talking up a possible fight with McGregor, one of the biggest MMA superstars in the world.
“If I do fight, it’s only against Conor McGregor,” Mayweather declared recently in an interview with ES News. “That’s gonna be the only fight, and not against anybody else.”
The American boxer, who retired as the highest-paid athlete in the world, said a potential match-up against McGregor intrigues him, as it will pit two combat styles against each other.
“We have the fighter (boxer) against the MMA fighter, you know, one of the best MMA fighters to do combat, and stand up and do it,” Mayweather said. “He’s a strong fighter, and when I look at him, he’s a little faster than I thought he was.”
“I can’t overlook the guy,” he stressed.
McGregor lost his most recent fight, tapping out to Nate Diaz when they fought in March. Mayweather however insists that the Irish fighter is “gonna be okay” despite the loss, and is in line for a huge payday should they ever fight.
“We haven’t made the fight happen yet,” he said. “But if we can tweak a few things, I’m pretty sure we can get him not a good payday, but a great payday.”
Mayweather made it clear that they have not yet made the fight happen, but he and his team are working on a “master plan.”
“It hasn’t happened yet, but we locked down so me dates in different countries and in different cities in the United States,” he revealed.
“If the fight does happen, I actually believe it’s gonna be record-breaking,” he added.
Mayweather’s May 2015 showdown against Manny “Pacman” Pac quiao – billed as the “Fight of the Century” – broke all of the sport’s financial records, generating over 4.6-million pay-per-view buys.
“We can probably break that number,” Mayweather said. “It’s possible. Anything is possible.”
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