Floyd Mayweather Jr. doesn’t need to come out of retirement for any boxing bout, but to earn a little extra cash, or make easy money on the side wouldn’t do him any harm at all. If he does decide to come back for that, then it will definitely be a boxing match with lightweight kingpin, Conor McGregor.
On Wednesday’s edition of ESPN’s “First Take,” Mayweather said:
The only thing that I’m probably interested in is probably thefight, I’m a business man and it makes more business sense.
Following months of rumors, Mayweather also said on SportsCenter that his team already offered McGregor a $15 million purse plus pay-per-view points for the bout and he would make $100 million.
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 know how much money Conor McGregor has made. I’m pretty sure he hasn’t even made $10 million in an MMA bout. We were willing to give him $15 million and then we could talk about splitting the percentage, the back end percentage on pay-per-view.
Back in November 2016, McGregor was granted a boxing license in California, which may have been his way to gain leverage with the UFC toward a potential future Mayweather bout. The Irish sensation is currently taking some time off and waiting out his options for 2017.
Let us know if you think Mayweather vs. McGregor will happen in the not too distant future.