UFC President Dana White has seemingly poured cold water on any plans he and Floyd Mayweather previously had.
Back in late 2019, White and Mayweather had the combat sports world buzzing. The two took a picture together courtside at an NBA game. Both men teased something was in the works.
White appeared on The Jim Rome Show shortly after the tease and confirmed that something was being planned.
“It’s true. We sat at the Clippers game. We started talking and we literally got a deal done right there on the court. And if things play out the way things Floyd and I think they will, I will probably sit down with Al Haymon (Mayweather’s manager) in March and get a deal on paper.
“If everything goes our way, Floyd and I would be doing something in October or November (of 2020).”
White and Mayweather never got to the negotiation table as COVID-19 took the world by storm. While there appeared to be some hope for the two to eventually resume talks, things have stalled.
Speaking to ESPN’s Brett Okamoto, White confirmed that there is no movement on further discussions with Mayweather (h/t BJPenn.com).
“The world imploded after we were talking about doing some things together. I’m just focused on running my business right now.”
At the time of talks between White and Mayweather, “Money” hinted at a return to the boxing ring. He will indeed be coming back but White isn’t involved. Mayweather will do battle with YouTube star Logan Paul in an exhibition match on February 20. Mayweather is also scheduled for the Mega 2021 event in Japan just eight days later.