Which is a good thing, as it’ll require one hell of a plan for Floyd Mayweather to pull off what would be the richest fight in history.
In 2007, ‘Money’ founded his own boxing promotion, Mayweather Promotions, after defecting from Bob Arum’s Top Rank. Having handled his own promotional duties for almost ten years, Floyd has the means at his disposal to chase the easiest nine-figure payday possible – a bout with a rank amateur.
In conspiring with powerful and influential allies in Al Haymon and long-time confidante Leonard Ellerbe, Mayweather hopes to concoct a scheme great enough to pry MMA star Conor McGregor away from the dictatorial UFC.
“I’m pretty sure we’re going to have a master plan to make that fight happen,” he proclaimed.
“It hasn’t happened, yet, but we locked down some dates, me and my team, me and Al Haymon, me and Leonard Ellerbe. We locked down some dates, in different countries, in different cities in the United States. And you already know what my number is, 100 million. That’s just the guarantee. We don’t talk about my number on the back end.
We haven’t made the fight happen yet but if we can tweak a few things I’m pretty sure we can get him, not a good payday but a great payday.”
Prior to the extraordinary McGregor talk, Floyd already made noises about moving into MMA promotion. Amusingly discussing the undercard of the much vaunted ‘May/Mac’ pay-per-view, Mayweather revealed that he has his sights set on bringing UFC pound-for-pound king Jon Jones into the ‘TMT’ fold.
“We talkin’, we communicating. There’s a lot of fighters out there. Jon Jones is with the MMA but we still gotta communicate and put some things together, me and him.
We’d love [Jones] to be a part of TMT. We steady growing. And it’s not just about us making money, it’s about the talent winning. That’s why so many promotions hate us, because we’re all about the talent.”
In the midst of a storm surrounding fighter pay in the UFC (ironically a debate engineered by Conor McGregor and the UFC 200 debacle), Mayweather’s comments and intents may prove significant in the months and years to come, and he could well leave a permanent imprint on the MMA canvas without having to lace up so much as a glove.
The uncut interview ‘TBE’ gave can be seen below via FightHype.