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‘Let me kick your a** for a lot of money before you lose again in UFC,’ Floyd Mayweather taunts Conor McGregor

Boxing star says MMA fighter can’t make his own decisions as he’s an employee of UFC

PUBLISHED : Monday, 06 March, 2017, 11:03am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 26 July, 2017, 1:39pm

Floyd Mayweather taunted Conor McGregor, saying the UFC fighter should let the boxer “kick his a** for a lot of money” before his star power fades.

MMA sensation McGregor has been calling out Mayweather over the last year. The retired 49-times unbeaten champ told the Daily Telegraph in an exclusive interview that “we can make it happen”, and scoffed at the Irishman for being an “employee” of UFC rather than a “shot-caller” like himself.

“The difference between me and him is this: He has to fight. If I was him and I was smart, before I lose again in the UFC I’d let Floyd Mayweather kick my a** for a lot of money. It makes business sense,” Mayweather told the Telegraph.

“If someone says ‘I want to fight Floyd Mayweather’, I can simply say ‘yes, let’s make it happen’. But when you’ve got a guy like Conor McGregor he has to talk to Dana White [UFC president]. Dana has to talk to Dana’s bosses.

“Conor’s not a shot caller. When they said ‘Why is Floyd Mayweather not fighting Manny Pacquiao?’, it was because Manny Pacquiao had a boss. I don’t have a boss. We could have easily made the fight happen years ago. Everything happens for a reason.

“I’ve had a 20-year run. You have to give respect to get respect. The UFC is a great company, a cool company. But I still haven’t seen one fighter [in the UFC], and I’m going to give you a low number – from 10 years ago – make $30 million. But we built our brand to make it $100 million a fight and $300 million a fight.

“This guy said I’m a p***y, I’m scared, I’m a chicken. All 49 said the same thing and all the results were the same. So with that being said, if Conor McGregor really wants to fight me, we can make it happen. But is he blowing smoke up everybody’s a**? We need to know.”

“If you haven’t made $10 million you can’t ask for $10 million. If you haven’t made 20, you can’t ask for 20. “What you have to do is go to the Forbes and see what he’s worth. I’m going to give you what you’re worth. If he’s worth five, we’ll give him 10. If he’s worth 10, we’ll give him 20. We’re talking about just one fight. We’re going to choose one fight. In one fight I made more than Conor McGregor has made in his whole career.”