It’s been a wild couple of days to say the least. Floyd Mayweather dropped a little blurb about the UFC, then all of a sudden Joe Rogan was leaking that he’s in negotiations with the organization for an MMA debut. Everyone took it with a grain of salt until Dana White came out the next day and said that all of it was true. Well, it looks like all of that is over. Floyd Mayweather just went on record to clarify his statements and assured everyone he will not be signing with the UFC at all.
“That’s not what I said. Exactly what I said is this, if I made a billion dollars before, I could do it again. 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 million dollars, which I can. I can do it in three fights or even four fights, I could do make a billion dollars if I choose to get into the Octagon and fight. We just don’t know what the future holds for Floyd Mayweather.”
It’s always MONEY season. pic.twitter.com/vdOC5xPrqB
— Floyd Mayweather (@FloydMayweather) December 20, 2017
“I don’t look forward to getting back in a boxing ring. That’s what I don’t look forward to doing. 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 going to fight in the UFC. I didn’t say that. I said if I wanted to and what I could do. I’m not going to do it though.” — Floyd Mayweather speaking to FightHype via MMA Weekly.
He doesn’t have any intention of transitioning into MMA with the UFC, he just wanted to let everyone know that if he did, he’d be able to make a billion more dollars. Of course, there would be the logistics of the glass ceiling of MMA compensation as well as a pesky Reebok deal that would hinder some of those earnings, but hey, they don’t call him ‘Money’ Mayweather for nothing. Luckily, we don’t have to worry about any of that. At least not yet, that is.
This article first appeared on BJPenn.com on 12/20/2017.