Things move fast when it comes to Floyd Mayweather, the UFC, and billion-dollar deals. Within 48 hours, we’ve had Floyd Mayweather say he’s got the ability to jump to the UFC and make a run in the cage, where takedowns will be spammed, while UFC president Dana White spoke to ESPN saying that it’s all real. “We’re talking to Floyd about doing a UFC deal. It’s real,” White said. “He was talking about [boxing] Conor McGregor. Was that real? Have you heard Floyd talk about many things that aren’t real?”
White has a point, and he hammered it home with the fact that no one — absolutely no one — thought Mayweather-McGregor was going to happen until Floyd started discussing it in the media. “He usually tips his hand when he’s in the media, and then that sh*t ends up happening. We’re interested in doing something with Floyd,” White continued. “Everything is a realistic possibility. Mayweather vs. McGregor f*cking happened. Anything is possible.”
Now Mayweather is coming out saying that he could make a billion bucks… if he wanted to. But he doesn’t seem to want to (six months of sprawl training is hard). In an interview with FightHype, he cleared the air:
“Exactly what I said is this: If I could make over 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 billion dollars. Which I can. I could do it in three fights or even four fights — I could make a billion dollars. If I choose to get in the Octagon and fight.”
Okay then, so that brief flirtation with combat sports insanity is over, maybe, until it isn’t and Floyd Mayweather is fighting Ronda Rousey in 2020.