When talk of a Floyd Mayweather – Manny Pacquiao fight first began in the world of boxing, it took years before it came to fruition. Not only that, but given that Manny wasn’t a trash talker, talk of them fighting each other only came up when one or the other had a bout of their own.
The Floyd Mayweather – Conor McGregor saga is a whole different beast entirely. With both men being as vocal as they are, and social media reaching a point that wasn’t yet realized during the years of talking about Mayweather – Pacquiao, it seems as though this fight is on another level in terms of coverage.
It was just yesterday that we reported on Mayweather’s latest rant towards Conor, and here we are less than 24 hours later, and Floyd is at it again.
But this time, he offered up something a bit more substantial than just some more run of the mill trash talk. Courtesy of FightHype:
“When I faced Arturo Gatti, I went to his turf. He was the A side, I was the B side. I beat him. I didn’t cry, I didn’t complain. When I faced Oscar De La Hoya, he was the A side, I was the B side. I didn’t cry, I didn’t complain. I beat him and I became the A side. For Conor McGregor, I’m coming out of retirement, just to fight Conor McGregor.”
Clearly, with so much talk of a fight, Mayweather ending his retirement was a given. This, however, is the first time we’ve heard him actually say those words.
There was another first in this interview as well. The mention of a date:
“I don’t want to hear no more excuses about the money, about the UFC. Sign the paper with the UFC so you can fight me in June. Simple and plain. Let’s fight in June. You’re the B side, I’m the A side. We’re not here to cry about money. I’m tired of all this crying about money and talking about you want to fight. You blowing smoke up everybody’s ass. If you want to fight, sign the paperwork, let’s do it.”
Check out the video below to hear Floyd utter the words, “Today, I’m officially out of retirement for Conor McGregor,” and so much more: