LOS ANGELES: Floyd Mayweather, already hinting at a ring return, says it’s “possible” he could come out of retirement to face mixed martial arts (MMA) star Conor McGregor.
“It’s possible,” Mayweather said on Sunday while in Las Vegas for the fight between Saul “Canelo” Alvarez and Amir Khan.
“It was a name that was shot at me,” Mayweather said in video posted by Fighthype.com.
“The rumors that you all have been hearing are the rumors that I started. It may not be a rumor, so keep your fingers crossed. It may be a boxer versus an MMA fighter.”
Mayweather was asked about a potential McGregor matchup because British tabloid The Sun reported he and Ireland’s McGregor were “on the verge” of agreeing to meet.
According to the Sun the two would face off this year in a boxing ring—not an MMA octagon —with McGregor getting about $10 million to Mayweather’s $144 million.
Mayweather, 39, walked away from boxing in September with a perfect 49-0 record.
That included his last victory over Andre Berto and his triumph over Filipino ring icon Manny Pacquiao in May of 2015 in the most lucrative fight in boxing history.
In April, he told Showtime television interviewer Jim Gray that he might be tempted to return to the ring—if he could guarantee a “nine-figure” payday.
He said he’d had talks with Showtime and the CBS network.
McGregor, the hugely popular Ultimate Fighting Championship featherweight champion, teased his fans on Sunday via social media about a possible Mayweather matchup, posting what appears to be a promotional poster for such a clash on Twitter.