Floyd Mayweather is still a massive name in sports despite having retired from boxing.
Whilst he doesn’t dish out as much abuse and talk about himself in the third person anymore, that hasn’t stopped other fighters from calling him out.
Conor McGregor did exactly that before his rematch with Nate Diaz, explaining that he believed he could go toe to toe with Mayweather not only in MMA, but boxing as well.
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Mayweather responded this weekend in an interview with The Ring Digital by admitting it’s great to be the face of MMA even though he’s never fought in the Octagon ring.
“I try to play in the background now. I let the fighters fight and don’t want to get in the ring and steal a fighter’s limelight. Sometimes the fighter asks me to go in the ring but most of the time I stay on the sideline,” Mayweather explained.
“To be the face of MMA even though I’ve never competed in MMA and still be the face of boxing is just a blessing. I had my time to shine and a great career, now it’s our fighter’s time."
Asked what he thought of Skip Bayless’ view that McGregor could hang with him in the ring, Mayweather responded in the most succinct way: “Everyone is entitled to their own opinion.”
McGregor and Diaz combined made $5 million for the aforementioned battle at UFC 202 but that is significantly less than Mayweather’s $32 million for his final fight, with the former star boxer revealing he will help out in MMA in the future and ensure the competitors get paid what they’re due.
“Eventually I’m going to move over. I will still be involved in boxing but I’m going to be in both MMA and boxing. We’ll make sure, one again, that the talent wins. It’s all about the talent winning,” Mayweather added.