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Floyd Mayweather: “I’m Coming Out of Retirement, Just to Fight Conor McGregor”

Kelsey Mowatt

UFC

Floyd Mayweather continues to campaign for a boxing match with Conor McGregor, as now the undefeated fighter is proclaiming he’s “officially” ended his retirement, so that he can throw down with the UFC champ.

Mayweather has been calling for a bout with McGregor for months now, even though the 40 year-old announced he was hanging up the gloves, after he defeated Andre Berto in 2015. More recently, Mayweather was in the United Kingdom, and of course, he was asked about McGregor. While responding to the question, the boxing star said this (quote via MMA Fighting):

“When I faced Arturo Gatti, I went to his turf,” Mayweather said (via FightHype). “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.

“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.”

So, based off these comments, it sounds like McGregor’s camp is calling for an even split on the revenues, or close to it. That shouldn’t come as a surprise, as McGregor has said before that Mayweather needs him, not vice versa, and that he wants half. It’s unclear, however, how and if the UFC is being included in all this.
Mayweather called for the fight to take place in June, but since McGregor’s girlfriend Dee Devlin is expecting to give birth to their first child in May, that seems unlikely. Assuming, of course, that a deal for Mayweather and McGregor to box in the first place, can become a reality.

 

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