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Mayweather to return only for McGregor

Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Conor McGregor | AP

MANILA, Philippines – Floyd Mayweather Jr. said he will only come out of retirement to fight just one man.

And that man isn’t even a boxer.

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The retired Mayweather is eyeing a bout with UFC star Conor McGregor, which according to him is the only fight he will take.

"If I do fight, it's only against Conor McGregor ... not against nobody else," he recently told ESNews.

"Because this matchup is so intriguing. You have (a boxer) against an MMA fighter – one of the best MMA fighters to ever ... stand up and do it. He's a strong fighter, and when I look at his fights, he's a little faster than I thought he was," the boxer continued.

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Mayweather, who announced his retirement after fighting Andre Berto last September, will remain in the annals of boxing history for his involvement in the sport’s richest bout ever.

The undefeated American’s showdown with Manny Pacquiao in May last year sold at least 4.6 million pay-per-view units and raked in over $410 million in revenue. The two superstars earned career-high purses fighting each other, although the fight was a critical failure with Mayweather contented to boxing Pacquiao on his way to a unanimous decision win.

But the financial incentive is all that matters to the man who calls himself “Money.”

And Mayweather believes a fight with McGregor will surpass the PPV figures of his showdown with Pacquiao, who also announced his retirement after taking on Timothy Bradley last month.

"We probably could break that number," Mayweather added. "Anything is possible."

Apart from having another huge payday, the Las Vegas-based pug is eyeing to break heavyweight great Rocky Marciano’s 49-0 record, which he matched after outpointing Berto in another uneventful outing.

Mayweather is optimistic that his team can finalize a clash with McGregor, currently the UFC featherweight champion whose career in MMA’s biggest promotional outfit as recently been tentative.

"I'm pretty sure we're going to have a master plan to make that fight happen," Mayweather continued. "It hasn't happened, yet, but we locked down some dates, me and my team, me and Al Haymon, me and Leonard Ellerbe. We locked down some dates, in different countries, in different cities in the United States."

In McGregor, Mayweather sees a tough opponent even though the Irishman lost his recent outing to  a bigger and heavier Nate Diaz last March 5.

“I think in his (McGregor’s) last fight, the guy was too heavy. But, he's going to be OK," said Mayweather, adding that he expects an action-packed bout between him and McGregor.

"I think it will be so entertaining, if we can do it. If we can put a boxer with an MMA fighter. I can't overlook that guy," he said. 

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