Conor McGregor might have announced his retirement Sunday morning, but Floyd Mayweather Jr. wondered if the former UFC featherweight and lightweight champion could still have some unfinished business.
McGregor shared a photo of a retirement cake he received to his various social media accounts.
Mayweather commented on Instagram and hyped up a possible rematch:
According to ESPN's Ariel Helwani, McGregor's representatives had been in discussions with UFC about a July fight but were unable to reach any sort of agreement. The identity of his opponent—not financial details—was the biggest source of the impasse.
Given his popularity and drawing power, walking away from the sport is McGregor's best leverage in any negotiations.
Perhaps fighting Mayweather could be his next step. The two faced off in August 2017, with Mayweather securing a 10th-round TKO.
McGregor referenced an "inevitable rematch" on Twitter in May and said he'd come out on the winning end the second time around:
Conor McGregor @TheNotoriousMMA
Thank you Mike, and just know that for the inevitable rematch, with the knowledge I now hold of Floyd’s style, plus under the tutelage of my old school boxing coach, I will crack the puzzle, and I will beat Floyd. I promise my life on it. It is great to see you back Iron Mike ❤️ https://t.co/NDrVnEaukm
Both stars would have a vested interest in exploring another encounter.
The full payouts weren't disclosed, but ESPN's Dan Rafael reported Mayweather was guaranteed at least $100 million and McGregor took home a minimum of $30 million.