Speaking in the latest presser of his New Year’s Eve exhibition fight against Tenshin Nasukawa, the retired boxing legend has blurred claims on an upcoming MMA debut. Mayweather knows where he belongs — the sport he thinks he’s the greatest at.
Reporters haven’t let the buzz around an MMA fight between Mayweather and UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov pass during the presser. The highest paid athlete then made it clear that fighting mixed martial artists would mean they’d have to cross sports.
“I’m the face of just combat sports, period. Whether it’s boxing or MMA, I’m the face of it all… I’m not even worried about those guys. Conor McGregor, he already knows what happened with that.”
“Khabib running his mouth. He wants to get in there, I’ll take care of him, too.”
My Rules, My Way
Mayweather vowed to never fight Conor McGregor, Khabib nor anyone else in MMA. Anyone who wants to get a shot at the phenomenal boxer would have to abide by his rules.
“Everything is always on my times. I’m the A-side always. I’m not going to fight in an MMA ring. If I do fight in an MMA ring, boxing only. Everything is my rules, it’s my way.”
“I worked hard to put myself in the position that I call all the shots, simple and plain. He may be a kickboxer, but he got to abide by my rules, simple and plain. And if he raises his feet, it’s in the contract, I get some more money.”
His ‘biggest fight in combat sports history’ against McGregor ended in a tenth round technical knockout in his favour. Mayweather is firm about being one of the greatest boxers of all time, and never a mixed martial arts fighter.
“I’m not a f*cking degenerate. I’m not going into nobody else’s cage and do what they do. I would’ve done that from the beginning. I’m a boxer. Floyd Mayweather is a boxer. And if anybody wants to compete against me or fight against me,. Simple and plain.”
“I’m retired. I’m older. I’m in my 40s, so like I said before, I’m going to continue to do exhibitions, but I’m going to pick and choose who I want to do an exhibition for. I’m the A-side. And that’s simple and plain.”
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