Mayweather denies McGregor deal...then talks up potential fight
Floyd Mayweather has denied claims he has agreed to fight UFC champion Conor McGregor, before issuing a social media message confirming he is still interested in a fight with the Irishman.
Five-weight boxing world champion Mayweather, who has previously stated he would only return to the ring to fight the Irishman, said he was "happily retired" in posts shared on his social media pages.
This despite rumours that McGregor was close to announcing a deal to fight Mayweather later this year, with the boxer responding with an apparent denial that he was ready for a return to the ring.
"There seems to be several rumours floating around media recently however, let the record show, there hasn't been any deals made in regards to a fight between myself and any other fighters.
"I am happily retired and enjoying life at this time. If any changes are to come, be sure that I will be the first to let the world know."
McGregor became UFC's first simultaneous two-weight champion in November when beating Eddie Alvarez for the lightweight belt in New York. He has since vacated his featherweight belt.
Here is Mayweather's post in full:
Although there has been several rumors circulating thru media suggesting that I will have an upcoming fight, I'd like to set that record straight and state that there has been no deals made on my behalf in regards to a bout with any fighter at this time. I am happily retired and enjoying my life! Rest assured that if any changes come about, I will be the first to let the world know!
Mayweather later sent out another message urging McGregor for resolve his dispute with the UFC over his release from a contract with with them as he opened the door to a potential fight.
This is not the last we have heard about this enduring saga.