Dana White: UFC, Floyd Mayweather in Talks for Boxer to Join MMA Promotion

Adam Wells@adamwells1985Featured ColumnistDecember 20, 2017

Floyd Mayweather Jr. rests in his corner between rounds in a super welterweight boxing match against Conor McGregor, Saturday, Aug. 26, 2017, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Isaac Brekken)
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Floyd Mayweather Jr. could bring his unique talents to the world of mixed martial arts. 

Per ESPN.com's Brett Okamoto, UFC President Dana White said the MMA promotion is talking to Mayweather about a deal:

"We're talking to Floyd about doing a UFC deal. It's real. He was talking about [boxing] Conor McGregor. Was that real? Have you heard Floyd talk about many things that aren't real? He usually tips his hand when he's in the media and then that s--t ends up happening.

"We're interested in doing something with Floyd. Everything is a realistic possibility. Mayweather vs. McGregor f--king happened. Anything is possible."

However, Mayweather denied White's claims to FightHype's Damon Martin:

“That’s not what I said. Exactly what I said is this, if I made a billion dollars before, I could do it again. If I chose to get in the UFC and fight three fights or fight four fights and then fight Conor McGregor, I could make a million dollars, which I can. I can do it in three fights or even four fights, I could do make a billion dollars if I choose to get into the Octagon and fight.

“We just don’t know what the future holds for Floyd Mayweather. I don’t look forward to getting back in a boxing ring. That’s what I don’t look forward to doing. I’m just saying I could — I’m not doing it — but I’m saying what I could do to make a billion dollars quick if I wanted to do that. That’s what I was saying.”

White and Mayweather got to know each other well when they were negotiating a deal that allowed McGregor to step into a boxing ring against the undefeated superstar. 

During a Dec. 12 live stream on Instagram, via Fight Hype, Mayweather said UFC had offered him a "three- or four-fight deal in the Octagon [to] make a billion dollars."

Following his win over McGregor on Aug. 26, Mayweather said his boxing career was over. 

"You won't see me in the ring no more," Mayweather said, via Fernanda Prates and John Morgan of MMAjunkie. "Any guy that's calling me out? Forget it. I'm OK. I had a great career. I had a tremendous career."

Mayweather is 40 years old and has never competed in mixed martial arts. He is always in search of ways to make money. His boxing match with McGregor earned the second-biggest pay-per-view numbers ever with 4.3 million buys, behind only his 2015 bout with Manny Pacquiao (4.6 million). 

Bringing Mayweather to the UFC and setting up a potential rematch with McGregor in the MMA world could lead to another massive buyrate that would be financially beneficial to everyone involved.