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Floyd Mayweather has his sights set on two UFC stars for a potential return to boxing.
TMZ caught up with Mayweather last weekend and was asked if he’s moved on from his feud with Conor McGregor.
“McGregor was talking that sh-t, so it ain’t over,” Mayweather said. “After me and Khabib (Nurmagomedov) lock up, me and McGregor are gonna lock up again.”
Nurmagomedov had issued a challenge to Mayweather last week, to which Mayweather responded with “we can make it happen.” Two fights with current MMA stars may not be the most noble route for a boxer at Mayweather’s level, but he seems to know where the money is these days. He is also taking credit for keeping boxing and MMA relevant.
“(Mayweather-McGregor), that made the UFC go up a notch,” Mayweather explained. “Then you look at Khabib and McGregor, I’m sure they did great numbers. So what I’m doing is I’m keeping combat sports alive.”
That may be a bit of a stretch but he is probably right that Mayweather-McGregor increased UFC and McGregor’s profile. After doing well over 4 million pay-per-view buys for their boxing match in August 2017, Khabib and McGregor set a UFC record of nearly 2.4 million buys at UFC 229.
Mayweather defeated McGregor with a 10th round TKO last year and hasn’t fought since, saying he was retired. Nurmagomedov then submitted McGregor in the fourth round earlier this month.
It appears that Mayweather is now looking to come out of retirement, but only for the right fight. Right now, the right fight looks to be with UFC’s two biggest stars.