Throughout the course of developments made in the Conor McGregor-Floyd Mayweather superfight negotiations, undefeated boxer Floyd Mayweather has remained adamant the fact that he is truly retired from boxing.
With news surfacing earlier this year from the NSAC that both parties have been making progress in negotiations, many believed a fight was all, but official. Mayweather and UFC President Dana White both then revealed that the fight was not close to being finalized. Mayweather released a statement in which he stated that he was truly retired and would keep fans updated if the status of his retirement changed.
In an interview with FightHype, Mayweather formally announced that he was ending his retirement for a McGregor fight:
“When I faced Arturo Gatti, I went to his turf. He was the A side, I was the B side. I beat him, I didn’t cry, I didn’t complain. When I faced Oscar De La Hoya, he was the A side, I was the B side. I didn’t cry, I didn’t complain, I beat him and I became the A side. For Conor McGregor, I’m coming out of retirement, just to fight Conor McGregor.
“I don’t want to hear no more excuses about the money, about the UFC. Sign the paper with the UFC so you can fight me in June. Simple and plain. Let’s fight in June. You’re the B side, I’m the A side. We’re not here to cry about money. I’m tired of all this crying about money and talking about you want to fight. You blowing smoke up everybody’s ass. If you want to fight, sign the paperwork, let’s do it.
“Today, I’m officially out of retirement for Conor McGregor. We don’t need to waste no time. We need to make this s**t happen quickly. Let’s get it on in June.”
This article first appeared on BJPenn.com on 3/11/2017.