Earlier this year, one of the hottest topics in combat sports was boxing legend Floyd Mayweather Jr.’s potential move to MMA. Mayweather and his team repeatedly expressed interest in a move to the UFC’s Octagon, while UFC President Dana White suggested there had been negotiations between the boxer and the promotion, and UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley even offered to train the boxer.
Well, it sounds like we can finally put all of that talk to bed. For now, at least.
Speaking to TMZ Sports earlier this week, Mayweather assured that he’s got no time to think about fighting. He’s too busy with other things, like investing in the construction of the tallest tower in New York City, apparently.
“I’m so busy, I got so many different things going on, on the outside,” Mayweather said (transcribed by Milan Ordoñez for BloodyElbow). “If you haven’t heard, I’m building the tallest building in New York City. I’m one of the investors, I invested nine figures, actually.”
While Mayweather is closing the door on fighting in MMA right now, he did admit that he might backtrack down the road.
“I’m not thinking about fighting right now,” he said. “Two weeks from now, you can do an interview with me because I can contradict myself. I’m only human.”
“So, two weeks from now, you ask me the question, guess what I’m gonna say, ‘I’m fighting in MMA.’ And then two months from then, I’mma say ‘I’m not fighting in MMA, I’m not fighting in boxing.’”
“Actually I don’t know what I’m doing, but I do know one thing: I’m paid.”
So, from the sounds of it, Floyd Mayweather will not be fighting in MMA or boxing — though it might be wise to double-check with him on that in a few weeks’ time.
This article first appeared on BJPenn.com on 6/14/2018.