Just hours after UFC President Dana White claimed that he was talking to boxing superstar Floyd Mayweather about signing for the UFC, ‘Money’ has moved to shut down the rumor.
White had stated that Mayweather’s signing was “a realistic possibility,” just days after Mayweather had said he could make another billion dollars by fighting in the UFC.
However, Mayweather has now confirmed skeptics suspicions that there’s no way the boxer was going to risk setting foot in the Octagon.
“People said, ‘Floyd said, Oh, he’ll be fighting in the UFC for a billion dollars’ – that’s not what I said,” Mayweather clarified yesterday in an interview with FightHype.com. “What I said was this: I made a billion dollars. If I made a billion dollars before, I’ll do it again. If I choose to get in the UFC and fight for the UFC, or fight three fights or four fights and then fight Conor McGregor, I could make a billion dollars, which I can. I could do it in three fights or even four fights. I could make a billion dollars.
“If I choose to get in the octagon and fight – fight three fights, three or four fights, and then fight Conor McGregor in the octagon. We just don’t know what the future holds for Floyd Mayweather, and I don’t look forward to getting back in the boxing ring. That’s what I don’t look forward to doing. So, I’m just saying, I could (make a billion in the UFC). I’m not doing it. But I’m saying, what I could do is make a billion dollars quick if I wanted to do that. That’s what I was saying.”
So, in essence, Mayweather was just bragging about what he could do, while White then took the opportunity to use that to generate some additional pubilicity for the UFC.
Clearly ‘Money’ didn’t like that and so he’s wasted little time in putting the rumor to bed once and for all.
It didn’t take long for Word of Mayweather’s response to reach McGregor, who responded with a single word that summed up his feelings on the mater.
“Pussy,” McGregor wrote on Instagram.