Floyd Mayweather Refutes Dana White’s Claims, He Will Not Fight in the UFC

Floyd Mayweather responds to rumors that he might fight in the UFC

Floyd Mayweather has no intentions of fighting in the UFC and he never did.

That’s the latest from the retired boxing legend, who refuted claims from UFC president Dana White on Wednesday that the two sides had entered into talks to potentially bring Mayweather to fight in the Octagon.

Within hours of those rumors surfacing, Mayweather quickly shut it down by pointing out that he never said he was going to fight in the UFC — only that he could do it and make a billion dollars within a few fights. Just recently, Mayweather had said in a social media chat that he could sign a multi-fight deal with the UFC that would earn him a billion dollars.

Now according to Mayweather, he never actually planned on crossing over and testing the waters in mixed martial arts.

“That’s not what I said. Exactly what I said is this, if I made a billion dollars before, I could do it again. If I chose to get in the UFC and fight three fights or fight four fights and then fight Conor McGregor, I could make a million dollars, which I can. I can do it in three fights or even four fights, I could make a billion dollars if I choose to get into the Octagon and fight,” Mayweather said when speaking to FightHype on Wednesday.

“We just don’t know what the future holds for Floyd Mayweather. I don’t look forward to getting back in a boxing ring. That’s what I don’t look forward to doing. I’m just saying I could — I’m not doing it — but I’m saying what I could do to make a billion dollars quick if I wanted to do that. That’s what I was saying.”

White claimed that he had talked to Mayweather’s team about potentially fighting in the UFC but the 40-year old boxer has quickly shut down that conversation.

Mayweather retired from boxing earlier this year after he earned his 50th professional win with a 10th round TKO against UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor.

The event earned over $600 million in revenue and Mayweather was rumored to cash in with more than $200 in his own pocket from the fight with McGregor.

As much as Mayweather loves money, however, he’s not planning on making any more of it by testing his skills in the UFC no matter how much White claims otherwise.

“I never said I was going to fight in the UFC. I didn’t say that,” Mayweather said. “I said if I wanted to and what I could do. I’m not going to do it though.”

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Damon Martin is a veteran mixed martial arts journalist who has been covering the industry since 2003 with bylines on FOX Sports, CNN, Bleacher Report and numerous other outlets.