Boxing legend Floyd ‘Money’ Mayweather admitted only a UFC fight could bring him out of retirement, but is not targeting a Conor McGregor rematch.
The former five-weight world champion retired from the boxing ring in August of 2017 after stopping the two-weight UFC world champion Conor McGregor in the 10th round of their ‘money fight’
Mayweather defeated the likes of: Manny Pacquiao, Oscar De La Hoya, Shane Mosley, Miguel Cotto, and Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez to earn himself a record of 50-0, breaking former heavyweight champion Rocky Marciano’s record of 49 straight wins without defeat.
Since the blockbuster summer showdown between the two kings of boxing and MMA, rumours of a shock rematch inside the UFC Octagon have risen, as increasing reports have surfaced that Mayweather is considering a transition into MMA.
UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley has even offered to help Mayweather in training for the transition of sports.
Mayweather said: “It is possible I do come back, but if I do come back, it has to be in the Octagon.
“I spoke with my team, I spoke with (adviser) Al Haymon. Al Haymon says no. If I do come back, Showtime and CBS have to be involved.”
Mayweather said he is targeting a surge in the featherweight division within the UFC (145 lbs) which is the closest weight category to his former chosen welterweight division (147 lbs) which the American spent the latter part of his career competing at.
“Retirement has been great, but as you know and everyone knows, I go into retirement and I come back,” he added.
However, he admitted that a rematch with McGregor isn’t his focus.
The possibility of a Mayweather and McGregor rematch may have been put to bed as the former UFC dual champion got into trouble this past week as he attacked a UFC bus in an attempt to goad the new UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov.
McGregor and his ountarage went looking for the Russian after an incident involving Nurmagomedov and teamate Artem Lombov days prior. Fighters Michael Chiesa and Ray Borg were forced to pull out of their UFC 223 fights with injuries sustained after the bus attack.
The 29-year-old McGregor was charged by New York City Police Department (NYPD) with teammate Dillon Danis paying the $50,000 (£35,500) bail fee, leaving the next court hearing to be held on June 14.
This incident left Mayweather to question weather his Irish rival will be focused on a rematch, as the 41-year-old commented: “McGregor has other things to deal with.”
McGregor lost his UFC lightweight championship on Saturday night as Nurmagomedov defeated Al Iaquinta to capture the title.