Floyd Mayweather has been talking a lot lately, but his message isn’t exactly clear.
He’s been focusing on promoting with his company, Mayweather Promotions, and on Thursday he said that he’s definitely done fighting. “Am I coming back? Absolutely, not,” Mayweather told the New York Post Thursday. “I want to live through these fighters.”
This contradicts his statement just a day earlier on ESPN’s First Take, when he said that he was offering UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor a $15 million purse for their long-discussed megafight that would likely be one of the biggest pay-per-views in history. Mayweather added that he would only fight McGregor if he were guaranteed $100 million, and McGregor even responded to the statement with a bitmoji illustration on his Instagram page that featured him standing over a defeated Mayweather.
A day later, Mayweather assured the public that he’d never fight again.
“Different days you feel different ways,” Mayweather said. “Today I feel a little different from how I felt yesterday. Today there’s 100 percent chance I want to stay away from the sport of boxing. I’m older. Next month I’ll be 40. I gave boxing a lot, and boxing gave me a lot. I had a great career. It’s time to help other fighters accomplish their dreams.”
He said that Mayweather Promotions isn’t just about finding world champions, but about giving fighters the opportunity to reach their full potential.
One thing is for sure, though: Mayweather is a promoter, and if he (and McGregor) can find a way to keep themselves in the conversation by dangling a guaranteed pay-per-view hit in front of boxing and MMA fans, then he’ll do it—fight or not.
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