Earlier today, “retired” undefeated boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. appeared on numerous ESPN shows, including First Take with Stephen A. Smith and Max Kellerman. It was on that very show that the man known as “Money” talked about, well, money, describing where he stands on the ongoing rumored fight with UFC superstar Conor McGregor.
— First Take (@FirstTake) January 11, 2017
Saying that the McGregor fight is, “The only thing that I’m probably interested in,” to pull him out of retirement and back into the ring, Mayweather continued to give details about what he’s looking for in terms of payday—and, as you might expect, it’s a hell of a lot of cash.
“We tried to make the Conor McGregor fight. They know what my number is. My number was a guaranteed $100 million. That was my number. We’re the A-side.”
“I don’t really know how much money he has made before. I’m pretty sure he hasn’t even made $10 million in an MMA bout but we are willing to give him $15 million and then we can talk about splitting the percentage, the back-end percentage on pay-per-view, but of course we’re the A-side.”
“How can a guy talk about $20 million or $30 million if he’s never even made $8 million or $9 million?”
“Conor McGregor keeps telling everybody he wants the fight. Let’s make it happen!”
Those sure seem like shots at McGregor, with Floyd putting the blame solely on the Irishman for holding up the proposed bout—in which the UFC star would need to become a full-time boxer for.
Mayweather, who’s never shy of running his mouth, retired back in 2015, but understands that a fight with Conor McGregor would be coined the “Fight of the Decade,” as the two remain the most polarizing stars in their respective sports.
Considering he’s asking for an absurd $100 million pay-out, Floyd Mayweather has a hell of a lot of incentive to break his retirement to take on Conor—assuming the figures match his demands.
With Conor McGregor receiving his boxing license in California late last year, many think that it’s just a matter of time before he takes the dive into the ring against someone—but, deep down, we all hope it to be Mayweather.
Even if you’re not much for Hand-to-hand combat, if you’re a sports fan, this is a fight you want to see go down. Your move, Conor.