Since April 1st, the UFC has been dealing with fight cancellations on top of the major commotion that Conor McGregor caused during Thursday’s media day that forced three fights to be scrapped off the UFC 223 card. Observing from the other side of the combat sports realm is Floyd Mayweather Jr., who had something to say about McGregor’s recent actions.
Floyd Jr. gave his take on the incident in an interview with Showtime’s Jim Gray after the Erislandy Lara vs. Jarret Hurd boxing match in Las Vegas on Saturday night.
“I feel that when you have reached such a high status, you have to carry yourself in a classy way,” Mayweather said. “Meaning, I know that when we fought, we both sold the fight, the world loved what we did. But outside the ring, you have to carry yourself like a gentleman.”
As for his MMA transition, Mayweather asserted that both Showtime and CBS would need to be involved if he were to do a multi-fight deal. He also assured that he is not looking to box again, and if he ever came out of retirement, it would be in the Octagon.
“Retirement has been great, but as you know and everybody knows, I go on retirement, I come back. Is it possible I come back? Yes, but if I do come back, it has to be in the Octagon.
Mayweather adds that his return would also be heavily dependent on how much he would be offered.
“Only if the money is right,” Mayweather said when asked if he would indeed fight in MMA. “You gotta talk to Showtime, CBS and my team. You talk to my team about that, we all get on the same page, and we’ll see. Of course, the number’s gonna be crazy.”
The 41-year-old Mayweather is targeting a fight at 145-pounds against McGregor for his would-be UFC debut.