Mayweather: I’m only coming out of retirement to fight UFC’s McGregor

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Many boxing observers and fans were dubious of Floyd Mayweather’s announced plan to retire for good after tying Rocky Marciano’s career record of 49-0. The former pound-for-pound champion insists that he is staying retired, however.

That is, unless he can make the fight with UFC featherweight champion Conor McGregor happen.

“If I do fight, it’s only against Conor McGregor … not against nobody else,” he recently told ESNews (below). “Because this matchup is so intriguing. You have (a boxer) against an MMA fighter — one of the best MMA fighters to ever … stand up and do it. He’s a strong fighter, and when I look at his fights, he’s a little faster than I thought he was.”

Mayweather and McGregor have both been teasing their fans with the prospect of a boxer vs. MMA fighter contest. Mayweather says that if they are to fight it would have to be under boxing rules.

He also believes that a boxing bout between he and “Notorious” would break the pay-per-view sales record that he and Manny Pacquiao set in 2015.

“We probably could break that number,” Mayweather predicted. “Anything is possible.”

Mayweather sounded like he thinks the McGregor bout is more than just possible. In fact, he claimed that he and his team of advisors and managers have already met and laid out dates and cities for the mega-fight to happen.

“I’m pretty sure we’re going to have a master plan to make that fight happen,” he claimed. “It hasn’t happened, yet, but we locked down some dates, me and my team, me and Al Haymon, me and Leonard Ellerbe. We locked down some dates, in different countries, in different cities in the United States.”