Floyd Mayweather has no interest in coming out of retirement to take on elite boxers, but says he will absolutely fight the likes of Conor McGregor and Khabib Nurmagomedov, if he is paid $300m (£250m).
Mayweather beat McGregor in August 2017, taking his professional boxing record to 50-0, where it still stands to this day a he has gone back into retirement ever since.
The American has stepped into the ring for an exhibition with Japanese kickboxer Tenshin Nasukawa, but has not been tempted into the pro ranks again since stopping the Irishman in the tenth round of their bout,
The 43-year-old is not ruling out lacing up the gloves again, but it will not be against the likes of Errol Spence or Terence Crawford, but only against fighters that he wouldn’t consider a threat to his health.
‘Conor McGregor can’t punch. He can’t punch,’ Mayweather told Shannon Sharpe’s ‘Club Shay Shay’ podcast. ‘I was having fun. I was like, ‘ah this dude punches so soft, it’s cool. I didn’t take no punches, I still got my facilities…
‘So why would I go out there and fight these young fighters – these young lions – and risk my health? I just say: your health is your wealth.
‘So as far as me going out there competing against a guy like Conor McGregor, oh absolutely.’
Asked how much it would cost to get him back in the ring with McGregor or to take on Khabib for the first time, Floyd replied: ‘$150 million? Not enough.
‘Absolutely not, my health is more important… you give me $300 million, absolutely.
‘See, you have to make it make sense, I need to have my facilities also, still be sharp, be able to be agile, hang out with my kids, make smart investments…
‘All those things are very important and play a major part in my life.
‘So, “you need to fight this guy, you need to fight that guy,” listen, they’re called eras for a reason.
‘I had my time, I had my era, so it’s these young fighters’ era now.
‘But it’s okay for me to go fight a Khabib or a Conor and pick up – with those two fights alone I could pick up $600 million. So that don’t hurt.’
McGregor looks set to be back in the boxing ring against former Mayweather opponent and fellow multiple-weight world champion and legend of the sport, Manny Pacquiao.
The bout is not confirmed, but both sides have announced their intention to make it happen in 2021 and that talks are ongoing.
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