It’s safe to say that UFC president Dana White whipped up an unholy storm on Wednesday.
Floyd Mayweather, a veteran of fifty professional boxing bouts (all of which he has won no less), made some remarks to the effect of stating that he would be willing to rematch his then-opponent Conor McGregor in mixed martial arts.
These fleeting comments were understandably laughed off.
Then a week ago, the Michigan maestro boasted on a Q&A that he could make a billion dollars from a three to four fight deal with the UFC.
“I’m Money May. They just called me not too long ago and asked me to come back. I can come right back to the UFC. If I want, I can go, 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.”
Speaking to ESPN on Wednesday, Dana White told Brett Okamoto that Floyd’s UFC ambitions weren’t a mere monologue.
“We’re talking to Floyd about doing a UFC deal. It’s real. We’re interested in doing something with Floyd. Everything is a realistic possibility.”
Suddenly the world was talking, with UFC champions Stipe Miocic and Demetrious Johnson, the latter of which actually challenged Floyd, among those chiming in on White’s statement.
FightHype.com, who have long held the ear of ‘The Money Team’ proprietor, spoke to the boxing legend in the wake of White’s interview, and vehemently denied that he had expressed interest in the most unlikely of crossovers.
“That’s not what I said,” the 40-year-old bluntly stated. “What I said is this; if I made over a billion dollars before, I could do it again.”
“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. We just don’t know what the future holds for Floyd Mayweather. I don’t look forward to getting back in a boxing ring.”
Floyd has ‘retired’ from the sweet science on multiple occasions, so his assertion that he will not return isn’t cut and dry. What he is sure of, however, is that he will not take off the boxing boots and lace up the four-ounce gloves.
“I’m not doing it, but I’m saying what I could do to make a billion dollars quick. I never said I was going to fight in the UFC. Would and could do are different things – I’m not going to do it though.”
The interview can be heard below via FightHype on YouTube.