Morning Report: Floyd Mayweather responds to Conor McGregor’s retirement: ‘If you decide to come back, I will be waiting to punish you again’


This past weekend was a crazy one for the world of MMA. Amanda Nunes reinforced her status as the greatest female fighter ever, Cody Garbrandt reminded everyone exactly what he’s capable of, and Jorge Masvidal went to war with the UFC over fighter pay. But coming out of UFC 250, the biggest story wasn’t any of that. It was that on Saturday night, Conor McGregor, once again retired from the sport.

McGregor’s retirement announcement was oddly timed as the former two-weight world champion is not currently in the middle of a contract negotiation with the UFC. Instead, the UFC wants McGregor to wait until the end of the year to face the winner of the yet-to-be-announced lightweight title fight between champion Khabib Nurmagomedov and interim champion Justin Gaethje. Explaining his decision, McGregor said that “the game just does not excite me.” Well, maybe Floyd Mayweather can change that.

On Sunday, McGregor posted an image of a retirement cake to his Instagram, and it didn’t take long for Mayweather to react in the comments.

Floyd Mayweather comment from Conor McGregor IG

“If I’m not mistaken, didn’t you tell Mike Tyson you could beat me if we fought a second time? Now you’re quitting! I thought you wanted to beat the best? Well, if you decide to come back, I will be waiting to punish you again.”

McGregor and Mayweather fought in a lucrative boxing match in 2017 dubbed “The Money Fight” that saw Mayweather win by tenth-round TKO. Since then, McGregor has consistently lobbied for a rematch, and just last month renewed his calls for another crack at Mayweather. However, McGregor isn’t the only retired fighter in this duo. Following The Money Fight, Mayweather retired from professional boxing, doing a handful of exhibition bouts but nothing serious. Still, Mayweather has never been far from rumors of a potential return, and in a previous interview with FightHype, admitted that McGregor is one of the few people who could entice him back to the ring.

“If I see an opportunity where I can entertain and have a little fun and make $600 million, why not?,” Mayweather said. “And if I was to come back, why come back and fight a fighter that only can sell out little cities? I like to face guys that got countries behind them. If I am gonna do something, it’s got to be worth it.”

A bout with McGregor would certainly be “worth it”. Their previous contest was the second-highest rated pay-per-view event in history, with Mayweather earning a reported $275 million and McGregor $125 million. With both men looking for something that is going to excite them, it’s hard to imagine anything more enticing.


Results. UFC 250 saw Amanda Nunes and Cody Garbrandt pick up big wins.

Retirement. Conor McGregor explains latest retirement talk: ‘There’s nothing there for me’.

Reaction. Justin Gaethje, pros react to third Conor McGregor retirement announcement.

$$$. Jorge Masvidal claims UFC wants him to take less money for title fight, Dana White responds.

GOAT. Amanda Nunes ecstatic at making history, could pause career for rest of 2020.

UFC. Dana White stumped on Conor McGregor’s retirement, but ‘it’s not like I’m going, holy sh*t, this is crazy’.


UFC 250 post-fight show.

Retirement Reaction.

Coffee Talk.

Conor cribs.

Punching machine.

Free fights.


6th Round. Immediate post-fight reaction to UFC 250.

Severe MMA. Discussing UFC 250, Conor’s retirement, and the sudden push for more money from fighters.


Jorge keeps going.

Respect.

Infinite respect to Cody Stamann.

Like they said . . .

Jon Jones responds to Dana.

Because they like the taste of boots.

Gray Maynard weighs in.

Heavyweight.

Cejudo responds to Sean O’Malley.

Trash talk.

Call out.

Poster.


N/A.


Crazy weekend. You’d think the UFC might look at the surroundings and think “hmm, we should probably do something before all our big stars figure this out.” But nope. Just gonna double down on old tactics. Let’s see if it still works.

Thanks for reading and see y’all tomorrow.


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