Well, that took all of eight hours. After UFC president Dana White claimed the MMA promotion was in talks to sign Floyd Mayweather, the boxing legend quickly killed the chatter.
Mayweather clarified previous comments he made about banking a billion dollars IF he chose to join the UFC.
“Exactly what I said is this – If I could make over a billion dollars before, I could do it again,” Mayweather told Fight Hype Wednesday. “If I chose to get in the UFC and fight three fights or fight four fights and then fight Conor McGregor, I could make a billion dollars. Which I can. I could do it in three fights or even four fights — I could make a billion dollars. If I choose to get in the Octagon and fight.
Mayweather didn’t address White’s claim that they were actively negotiating on a multi-fight contract. Perhaps White had his promoter cap on fibbed a little when he told ESPN.com this morning that, “We’re talking to Floyd about doing a UFC deal. It’s real.”
Dana White lie? Never!
In a crazy fantasy land, it could have become a reality if MMA paid a fraction of what Mayweather banks for merely waking up in the morning, and he wasn’t turning 41 in February. But realistically, Mayweather is once again in a position to leave combat sports as arguably the greatest boxer of all time with an immaculate 50-0 record and by far its highest paid.
There was nothing to gain by attempting a move to MMA, outside of a paycheck. However, he’s less than four months removed from reportedly banking north of $300 million for beating UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor in his boxing debut.
That should be enough to buy all the gaudy Louis Vuitton gear he wants.
So what’s next for Mayweather? The world is his oyster. Just ask him.
“We just don’t know what the future holds for Floyd Mayweather,” Mayweather said. “And I don’t look forward to getting back in a boxing ring, that’s what i don’t look forward to. I’m just saying I could — I’m not doing it — but I’m saying what I could do to make a billion dollars quick, if I wanted to do that. That’s what I was saying. I never said I was gonna fight in the UFC. I didn’t say that. I said if I wanted to and what I could. Could and would do is different things. I’m not gonna do it, though.”