Floyd Mayweather retired after earning a tenth round TKO victory over UFC Lightweight Champion Conor McGregor this past August. The boxing great recently appeared at NBA All-Star Saturday Night, where he was approached by Mike Bohn of MMA Junkie.
Bohn reported what he said when speaking with Mayweather backstage at the event and shared via Twitter:
Just saw @FloydMayweather as I was walking backstage and asked him if he's serious about a rematch with @TheNotoriousMMA in MMA: "I already fought Conor, and we're at a basketball game, not an MMA match."— Mike Bohn (@MikeBohnMMA) February 18, 2018
Mayweather had been teasing a debut in mixed martial arts in recent weeks and UFC President Dana White had stated that a rematch between the two should happen in the Octagon.
McGregor got wind of what Mayweather said and issued a statement of his own through Instagram:
I am happy for Floyd and his recent announcement that he is out of these current fight negotiations. It is the reason I never seeked the rematch in the first place. I was happy for him in retirement. My game is a very unforgiving one. It is not like other games. I understand completely him staying retired. I will now carry on in my negotiations and see where it goes. Have a great retirement Junior. Now come here and give your old man a hug for old times sake. I'm proud of you son. Yours truly, Senior.
Besides a potential UFC debut against McGregor, a potential bout with pro wrestler turned MMA fighter CM Punk was recently brough up by Floyd’s uncle in Jeff Mayweather.
The UFC Lightweight Champion has stated that a return to MMA would be next, but there is no time frame as to when that could happen.