Floyd Mayweather is coming out of retirement to pursue a fight with McGregor, and he wants to fight the UFC champion in June.
“Today, I’m officially out of retirement for Conor McGregor,” Mayweather said in an interview with FightHype.com during his tour of the United Kingdom. “We don’t need to waste no time. We need to make this sh*t happens quickly. Let’s get it on in June.”
Mayweather officially retired from boxing in September of 2015 after his victory over Andre Berto, moving his career record to 49-0. Since then, Mayweather wanted no part of returning to the ring, until McGregor’s name was brought to the spotlight.
“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.”
Though McGregor has said he expects his next fight to be in the boxing ring, the two-time champion is currently on a break from fighting as the birth of his first born son is expected in May.
The incessant back-and-forth between the two garrulous fighters has been raging for months, as each has parried and jabbed in a (deliberately) public hype war for a fight that, for all intents and purposes, is still very much a long shot. (As are McGregor’s odds, according to Vegas bookies.) Mayweather said in February that a fight was “close to happening,” then took to social media a day later and said “no deal,” in what amounted to yet another double-fake from the talented hypemasters.
So June could happen. Who knows? Maybe “Money” (pun intended) will influence his timeline to move up, as it is looking like the biggest pay-per-view event of all time. If, of course, it ever happens.