Floyd Mayweather Jr. extended himself further than he thus far has in approaching a possible fight with UFC star Conor McGregor, when on Saturday, March 11, the 49-0 boxing great announced that he was coming out of retirement solely to pursue the crossover match.
“Everybody get your phone out ... Post this to the internet as soon as possible,” Mayweather told an eager room of onlookers, while sitting through one of the many interviews he's been doing on his UK tour. It was an opportune time for the TMT boss to throw down the gauntlet, as he had after all been only miles away from McGregor's turf. Mayweather began to list off the times he had to travel into another fighter's domain, take less money and play second fiddle as the B-side. It was a reference to McGregor's claim that Floyd is purposefully pricing himself out because he actually doesn't want to fight the Irish brawler.
“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," said Floyd. "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 saying you want to fight. You’re blowing smoke up everyone’s [butt], if you want to fight, sign the paperwork.”