Floyd Mayweather insists the next time he will fight will be inside the Octagon, but only if Showtime co-promotes.
The latest chapter in the saga of Floyd Mayweather coming to MMA developed last week when Mayweather told Showtime’s Jim Grey, that the only way he’d debut in the UFC is if it were a similar promotion deal to his 2017 fight with Conor McGregor.
One one side of the equation is Dana White, who has outright denied the idea of working with Stephen Espinoza and Showtime Sports, due to issues over the aforementioned 2017 clash. The other side is Espinoza and Showtime Sports, who claim “Nothing is off the table.”
“The objective is to do events that do good business and, more importantly, provide good entertainment to the fans,” Showtime president of sports and event programming Stephen Espinoza told Sky Sports, despite incurring criticism from White last weekend.
“No one wants to hear about disputes between executives, or personal rivalries. They want to see big events and big fights. There are no rivalries that would prevent us working with anyone, to get business done.”
Mayweather confirmed to Showtime last weekend: “It is possible I do come back, but if I do come back, it has to be in the Octagon.
“Retirement has been great, but as you know and everyone knows, I go into retirement and I come back.
“I can do whatever I want, when I want to, and how I want to.”
Espinoza continued: “I have a good relationship with Floyd but he is coy with us, as well. Whether he has an MMA fight, a hybrid fight, we’re not sure. Floyd likes to keep people guessing.
“But we know he is attracted by mega-events and constantly topping whatever he did last. That’s a tall order.
“We have a good working relationship and an effective marketing machinery. So we are an important element of anything that Floyd does in combat sports.”
Original Story: Sky Sports