Ex-pound for pound king Floyd Mayweather is ready to swap his boxing gloves for the open-fingered MMA variety, according to UFC President Dana White.
As rumors swirl of Mayweather making a shock transition to the octagon, potentially for a rematch with Conor McGregor, White has revealed negotiations are ongoing.
“We’re talking to Floyd about doing a UFC deal,” White told ESPN.
“It’s real. He was talking about [boxing] Conor McGregor. Was that real?
“Have you heard Floyd talk about many things that aren’t real? He usually tips his hand when he’s in the media, and then that s— ends up happening.
“We’re interested in doing something with Floyd. Everything is a realistic possibility. Mayweather vs. McGregor f—ing happened. Anything is possible.”
During an interview recently, Mayweather touched on the fact he could make ten figures if he decided one day to cross over to using his feet and submissions.
“They just called me not too long ago and asked me to come back,” Mayweather told Fight Hype.
“I can come right back. If I wanted to, I can come right back to the UFC. I can go fight in the Octagon.
“I can do a three- or four-fight deal in the Octagon and make a billion dollars. Remember, I’m Floyd ‘Money’ Mayweather.”
On whether he really believes a UFC fight will happen for Floyd, White added: “There was no way I thought that fight was going to happen, but when you sit down with a smart guy like Al Haymon (Mayweather’s advisor), a very intelligent guy, anything is possible.
“And Floyd, as much as he does the money thing and this and that, Floyd was actually very easy to work with. I was impressed,” he said.