Floyd Mayweather is set to come out of retirement again after agreeing on a deal with the UFC. It’s unknown at this point who he will fight and under what rules, but ‘Money’ confirmed it on his Instagram account. Mayweather is one of the world’s most successful boxers with an unbeaten record of 50-0.
He already has a history of dealing with the UFC, beating Conor McGregor to win his 50th fight. That was back in 2017. Since then Mayweather has been inactive, although he did appear at an exhibition for RIZIN. In that New Year’s Eve bout, he knocked down the much lighter Tenshin Nasukawa three times to end the ‘fight.’
But now it looks like he’s coming back again properly. Would you be interested in watching ‘Money’ fight? And if so, what UFC fighter would you like him to take on next? You can bet that he’s going to make a lot of dollars out of whatever decision he makes.
— Dana White (@danawhite) November 22, 2019
As you can see from the image above, White and Mayweather are getting pretty chummy. But maybe not so much that Mayweather won’t take his headphones out of his ears. Anyway, sitting courtside, the pair of them showed off their good relationship. White retweeted the following:
“@danawhite and I working together again to bring the world another spectacular event in 2020.”
At the time of writing, nobody really knows what this could entail. There are thoughts linking Khabib Nurmagamedov and Jorge Masvidal to a fight with Mayweather, but that’s all just speculation. He’s already beaten one MMA fighter, why not put a beating on another.
— Yasuke (@PrettyBoyYasuke) November 22, 2019
Mayweather appeared to confirm his return with the above post on his Instagram. He looks lean and mean at the tender age of 42. He wrote: “Coming out of retirement in 2020.” Of course, he has been known to blatantly lie for headlines in the past. But this does seem legitimate. However, a few weeks ago he did conflictingly tell Reuters:
“I’ve got calls to get back into the ring, but my health is my wealth. Boxing is a very, very brutal sport. In the last few years, a lot of fighters have died inside that squared circle. You have got to know when to hang it up. I had a great career.”
It will be fascinating to see exactly what this comeback will entail. Dana White has made several attempts to get into boxing before. He hopes that his new promotion Zuffa Boxing will one day be able to stand in opposition with the IBF, WBC, WBA and WBO.
One of the main criticisms of boxing today is that there are too many belts. White wants to solve this by offering a single belt per division using a similar model to the UFC. Of course, the problem with that is that there is just so much money in boxing and individual fighters have massive deals with various networks.
This makes it very difficult to convince them to adhere to a more autocratic model like the UFC’s. In short, that’s why UFC fighters keep calling out boxers. They want to make more money.