Floyd Mayweather Has Already Confirmed He Won’t Fight In UFC


If you thought that all the talk about Floyd Mayweather fighting in the UFC Octagon was complete and utter nonsense, well, you were right.

Barely a day after UFC president Dana White confirmed he was supposedly in talks with “Money” to make a run in mixed martial arts (MMA), Mayweather himself has already put to rest the talk that he started.

After recently fanning those flames by teasing a “billion-dollar” contract with the UFC, “Money” today clarified to FightHype that he didn’t actually say he was going to the UFC, just that he could make a billion if he did:

“Exactly what I said is this: If I could make over a billion dollars before, I could do it again,” Mayweather said. “If I chose to get in the UFC and fight three fights or fight 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.”

Interesting, because White suggested just the opposite was true to Octagon commentator Joe Rogan, even if he thought Mayweather would get destroyed doing so:

“Floyd talked about it. This is one thing I can tell you. Dana told me that Floyd wants to make a deal in the UFC. Like legitimately. I texted him, I go ‘Is Floyd really talking about fighting MMA?’ He goes ‘Yeah, he’s f**king crazy. I told him he’d get killed. But he’s still talking about doing it.”

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A master of staying relevant in the media while not actually fighting, the boxing legend continued on about his supposed retirement by claiming he didn’t know what his next move is.

But if it was the UFC – and it’s most certainly not going to be because he “never” said that – he could make a billion dollars, and quickly:

“We just don’t know what the future holds for Floyd Mayweather,” Mayweather said. “And I don’t look forward to getting back in a boxing ring, that’s what I don’t look forward to. I’m just saying I could — I’m not doing it — but I’m saying what I could do to make a billion dollars quick, if I wanted to do that. That’s what I was saying. I never said I was gonna fight in the UFC. I didn’t say that. I said if I wanted to and what I could. Could and would do is different things. I’m not gonna do it, though.”

After reportedly making around $250 million for his August 26th win over Conor McGregor in boxing, “Money” may be putting that as his new barometer for a bout with an opponent from MMA.

Regardless of the sheer amount of cash involved, however, it’s beyond unlikely that a retired, undefeated legend would put his 50-0 record and legacy on the line to compete in an arena where he has no experience and would most likely get thoroughly worked over in a matter of seconds unless he somehow landed a lucky punch.

At least Mayweather had the common decency to shut down this farce before it gained too much momentum.

Quite the slow week in MMA news; but at least it won’t be full of any more speculation that the aging boxer is coming to the UFC.

  • leonaidis

    I’m not sure he’d get destroyed. Conor was supposed to kill Floyd if he only landed one shot, he landed 111 and not a scratch on Floyd. And Conor is supposed to be one of the top KO artist in the ufc.

    Sure Floyd knows nothing about grappling, but neither does Conor. And Conor is almost a two division champ, Floyd is just talking about making some $$$. If Conor can get two belts with no grappling, I don’t see how Floyd couldn’t just make bank with no grappling.

    And it’s not like you have to be the perfect fighter to make it in todays ultimate entertainment championship. Ronda had no stand up, and she was a dominant champ. Conor has even less skills than Ronda, he has his left. And see where some good marketing and hype got them?

    Conor is a cheap copy of the marketing machine that is Money Mayweather, I don’t see why Floyd couldn’t do the same as Conor and Ronda. He has better fighting skills than both of them. If the ufc got behind Floyd, as they did Conor, I don’t see why he couldn’t make good money.

    • All_Seeing_Eye

      Conor can easily beat Floyd on the ground, not even a question.

      • leonaidis

        Just like he was going to knock Floyd out if he just landed one right? Conor couldn’t beat my grandma on the ground. And she was in a wheelchair long before we put her in the ground, and still Conor wouldn’t know what to do with her on the ground.

        • All_Seeing_Eye

          Yea, ok

        • Murderous1

          You Sir are too smart to go back and forth with these keyboard warrior dummies it’s too bad we can’t train together

          • leonaidis

            Being told you are smarter than a McGregor fan, is like saying “you smell better than shit”. But thanks!!

    • Draven

      Floyd would get killed in the cage. Because his a pure boxer who has never trained or competed in any other combat sports. There’s so many things he would have to learn and its not like he’s got mega punch power either so landing a lucky punch would be highly unlikely, special against a wrestler or ju-jitsu fighter or a well rounded mma guy.

  • Johnny Carcosa

    I told you, no way he’s gonna fight in the UFC and get embarassed