Dana White: Floyd Mayweather fight in UFC 'ain't happening' with Showtime involved
- Author: Regina Holmes Apr 09, 2018,
Apr 09, 2018, 0:33
The biggest boxing event of 2017 saw millions around watch undefeated welterweight Floyd Mayweather finish his career with a ideal 50-0 record against mixed-martial arts fighter and first-time professional boxer Conor McGregor.
Therein lies a major roadblock to Mayweather (50-0 boxing) potentially fighting in the UFC as the undefeated - and now retired - boxing champion said Saturday that his TV partner, Showtime, would have to be part of any crossover event.
Mayweather told Showtime: "I feel that when you have reached such high status, you have to carry yourself in a classy way". It is possible I do come back. "Me myself, I can do whatever I want to, whenever I want to".
Talk of Mayweather taking his talents inside the Octagon began shortly after his big-money boxing match against Conor McGregor in August 2017, which Mayweather won in 10th round TKO.
Floyd Mayweather has played down a rematch against Conor McGregor, but says if he does return to the ring then "it has to be in the Octagon".
Mayweather, who has often used a retirement ruse as a way to sell tickets to his title fights, said people should know he is not serious when he says this will be his last time in the ring.
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UFC president Dana White has also weighed in on the matter, saying that if it was to happen he was sure Mayweather would be "well compensated" and that he is "pretty confident that this will happen". The Irishman's future is uncertain after he attacked a bus carrying UFC fighters and employees at the Barclays Center ahead of UFC 223 on Thursday. He was released from jail Friday on $50,000 bail and received permission to travel back to Ireland. If I do come back, SHOWTIME and CBS has to be involved.
If Mayweather does go into an MMA fight, he said it would be weighing in at 145 pounds. The son and nephew of two professional boxers, Mayweather has proven to be one of the greatest defensive specialists in the history of the sport, conjuring the likes of Willie Pep and Pernell Whitaker.
It would probably take plenty of training with more than just Woodley for Mayweather to gain a firm understanding of fighting in the Octagon, particularly against a seasoned fighter like McGregor.
"That ain't happening", said White after addressing Mayweather's comments.
It culminated in McGregor throwing objects at the bus of UFC star Khabib Nurmagomedov, smashing a window and injuring lightweight fighter Michael Chiesa.