On May 6, 2016 a report surfaced in Rupert Murdoch’s The Sun that UFC featherweight champion Conor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather Jr, the greatest boxer of his generation, were about to announce they’d be boxing in Vegas. The source of the story of Mayweather’s team. The next day Mayweather Sr confirmed the pair would be fighting.
The pair have endlessly bickered since. Most recently Mayweather revealed his opening offer to McGregor. And during a Facebook Live interview with Brian Campbell, he returned to the slights.
“I’m not just the face of boxing, I’m the face of mixed martial arts also,” said Mayweather, as transcribed by Jed Meshew for MMA Fighting. “And I’m not an MMA fighter but I do support all contact sports. I haven’t seen an MMA fight in a while but anytime I see an MMA fighter that wants to take a picture with me, I’m gonna take a picture with them because they go through a lot. Fighters go through a lot to get to a certain level and MMA fighters go through a lot just like boxers go through a lot.”
“I want to tell everybody this, right now. Conor McGregor, do he want to fight? Absolutely not. I’m trying to see if he really want to fight but we can’t make the fight happen because he’s not his own boss. And I want the world to know this: just a fight, two fights ago, he was [knocks table twice] tapping out. He was just [knocks table twice] quitting.
“A lot of fighters – legendary fighters, fighters of today, MMA fighters – everybody says, ‘Floyd Mayweather do us wrong.’ Call me what you want to call me but I’m not a quitter. I don’t quit.”
“I’m an old dude. We believe in working smarter not harder, and the best business move for me is Conor McGregor.”
Here’s the thing, Floyd. McGregor wants to fight you. Every male fighter in MMA would fight you. Every female fighter would take the fight too. But you want to box McGregor, and his contract says he cannot engage in a prize fight without permission. That permission comes from UFC president Dana White, who has two words about this whole thing, “Call me.”
Call him, it’s the easiest boxing match you can get.