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Floyd Mayweather Says He Would Come Out Of Retirement For UFC Debut

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Floyd Mayweather Says He Would Come Out Of Retirement For UFC Debut

After bumping his total wins up to 50-0 in a controversial bout with UFC star Conor McGregor, it looked as though Floyd Mayweather was ready to hang his gloves up for good.

And while that may be true for the ring, the boxer hinted over the weekend that a return could be on the cards in the future - only this time it would have to be to the octagon.

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Mayweather told Showtime's Jim Gray: "Retirement has been great, but as you know and everyone knows, I go in retirement and I come back.

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"It is possible I do come back, but if I do come back, it has to be in the Octagon.

"I spoke with my team. I spoke with [adviser] Al Haymon. Al Haymon says no. I spoke with Showtime. I spoke with [Showtime parent company] CBS. If I do come back, Showtime and CBS have to be involved."

The boxing megastar also let on who he'd like to fight - and it probably won't come as much of a surprise.

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"Showtime, CBS, if we can get together with Dana White and UFC and make a mega fight happen, one fight, it could be against Conor McGregor, we don't know. But we could do a multi fight deal, but Showtime and CBS has to be involved," Mayweather added.

However, a fight with the Irish lightweight champion seems increasingly unlikely as McGregor finds himself at the centre of a criminal prosecution for an attack on a rival's bus following a UFC media day in Brooklyn, New York.

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"I feel that when you have reached such high status, you have to carry yourself in a classy way," Mayweather said of McGregor. "Outside the ring, you have to carry yourself as a gentleman."

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If Mayweather does go into an MMA fight, he said it would be weighing in at 145 pounds. When he boxed McGregor, they fought at 154 pounds.

Asked again if he would come back, Mayweather responded, "Absolutely. If the money is right. You got to talk to Showtime, CBS. The money is going to be crazy. I can do whatever I want to do. I'm Floyd Mayweather."

Mayweather takes on McGregor last year. Credit: PA
Mayweather takes on McGregor last year. Credit: PA

UFC president Dana White has also weighed in on the matter, saying that if it was to happen he was sure Mayweather would be 'well compensated' and that he is 'pretty confident that this will happen'.

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However, one thing that Mayweather made abundantly clear was that if he does eventually fight again it definitely won't be boxing.

Featured Image Credit: PA

Topics: Conor Mcgregor, Boxing, UFC, MMA

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