Mayweather on McGregor: ‘If he did steal my blueprint, I think it’s a good thing.’
Just a few months ago McGregor had fake retired from the UFC and was publicly courting a boxing match with former boxing pound-for-pound kingpin Floyd Mayweather Jr. But Mayweather-McGregor superfight never materialized and no serious discussions were ever had about one.
Though at the time both Mayweather and McGregor verbally agreed to a bout, the real problem always looked to be securing the involvement of UFC President Dana White. White holds the promotional rights to McGregor and always appeared to be less than enthused with the prospect of a boxing bout for his biggest star. The UFC has never been in the business of co-promotion and aside from the hundreds of other impediments, the idea of White splitting promotion with Mayweather always seemed slim.
“Within my company, I’m the boss,” Mayweather said. “I call the shots. I think that the fight is very difficult to make. I tried to make that before, it didn’t happen but you live and you learn.”
TMZ Sports also asked Mayweather his thoughts on the idea that McGregor built his own brand by biting Mayweather’s “Money” persona.
“If he did take anything from me, if he did steal my blueprint then, I think it’s a good thing. I think he’s a hell of a fighter. He can fight. He can box real good. As far as stand up, he’s very good at standing up fighting. Everyone is asking me ‘are we going to fight’ and I just don’t know.”
“I’m loving retirement, but for a couple more bucks you just don’t know.”