Before Floyd Mayweather faced Conor McGregor in August, he said he would also face the lightweight champ in the Octagon if needed. Well, now, it sounds like the undefeated boxer’s claiming he’s been tabled an offer from the UFC.
Leading up to Mayweather’s massive boxing match with McGregor, the latter repeatedly noted that the decorated pugilist wouldn’t last long, if they met in the cage. As a result, Mayweather countered by saying he would fight McGregor under MMA rules, but, of course, that claim, was met by thousands of scoffs…
Then, after Mayweather stopped McGregor in the 10th round of their bout, the UFC star called for a rematch in the Octagon. But, not surprisingly, we haven’t heard much on that front.
“You already know I’m a money-getting motherf**ker,” Mayweather said. “I’m Money May. They just called me not too long ago and asked me to come back. I can come right back. If I want to, I can come right back to the UFC. I can go fight in the Octagon. I can do a three- or four-fight deal in the Octagon and make a billion dollars. Remember, I’m Floyd ‘Money’ Mayweather, and you motherf**kers love me, and I love you mother**kers.”
“At the end of the day, I’m the best athlete ever.”
Now, one could take these comments a couple of ways. You might read this as Mayweather saying that he’s been offered a deal with the UFC, to fight in the Octagon. Or, you might also conclude that Mayweather is saying that if he wanted to, he could approach the UFC about fighting. Does the “they” mean the UFC? Or could the “they” also refer to boxing promoters, broadcasters etc?
All this aside, it’s pretty, pretty difficult to imagine that the 40 year-old Mayweather would really think about transitioning into MMA. After all, he’s coming off a massive payday, and has retired from boxing with a 50-0 record. So, it’s hard to imagine that he agree to step into the Octagon, and risk getting taken out in two, three minutes. That wouldn’t exactly be the greatest thing for his brand.
Then again, no one thought Mayweather – McGregor would happen either.