Floyd Mayweather shrugs off Khabib Nurmagomedov, Conor McGregor, talk of fighting MMA

LAS VEGAS – Floyd Mayweather spent part of his Thursday holding court at his boxing club to promote his upcoming exhibition fight with Tenshin Nasukawa.

After initially hitting a snag, Mayweather (50-0 boxing) and kickboxing sensation Nasukawa (28-0 kickboxing, 4-0 MMA) will meet Dec. 31 at Rizin FF 14 in a fight scheduled for three rounds, three minutes each, straight boxing rules, and no judges.

“It’s kind of like an amateur fight, but it’s not an amateur fight, because even amateur fights go on your record,” Mayweather said. “This is not going on my record.”

Essentially, this “special bout” (Mayweather’s words) is meaningless.

That would explain why Thursday’s meeting with reporters covered a wide range of topics, including his thoughts on Conor McGregor and Khabib Nurmagomedov, and whether we’ll ever see Mayweather compete inside an MMA cage.

Below are some of the major highlights (which you can watch in the video above), as well as the full 35-minute session at the bottom of the page:

On McGregor and Nurmagomedov still talking about him

“I’m the face of just combat sports period. Whether it’s boxing or MMA, I’m the face of it all. … I’m not even worried about those guys. Conor McGregor, he already know what happened with that. Khabib running his mouth. He wants to get in there, I’ll take care of him, too.”

On a potential fight vs. Nurmagomedov

“If it happens, it happens. If it don’t, I’m still going to have a great life.”

On fighting MMA with special rules

“Everything is always on my times. I’m the A-side always. I’m not going to fight in an MMA ring. If I do fight in a MMA ring, boxing only. Everything is my rules, it’s my way. I worked hard to put myself in the position that I call all the shots, simple and plain. He may be a kickboxer, but he got to abide by my rules, simple and plain. And if he raises his feet, it’s in the contract, I get some more money.”

On fighting pure MMA

“I’m not a (expletive) degenerate. I’m not going into nobody else’s cage and do what they do. I would’ve did that from the beginning. I’m a boxer. Floyd Mayweather is a boxer. And if anybody wants to compete against me or fight against me, it’s in the cage. Simple and plain.”

On criticism over the Rizin exhibition bout

“I mean, everybody got something to say about Floyd Mayweather. You know what? A lot of people want to speak on Floyd Mayweather. Well, do what Floyd Mayweather did, accomplish what Floyd Mayweather accomplished, do record breaking things like Floyd Mayweather, and then you can say what you want to say. At the end of the day, nobody has done what I’ve done in the sport of boxing. I mean, these guys still going out there, they’re getting two and three million for a fight, for 12 rounds. We talking about sparring. I’m getting that for sparring. I make more than that just for sparring. That’s what I’m getting. A lot of the times, what we need to do is reevaluate, sit back and learn from Floyd Mayweather instead of trying to knock Floyd Mayweather.”

On his interest to do more exhibitions

“I’m retired. I’m older. I’m in my 40s, so like I said before, I’m going to continue to do exhibitions, but I’m going to pick and choose who I want to do an exhibition for. I’m the A-side. And that’s simple and plain.”

On clearing up confusion with Rizin after the first press conference

“We talked, we ironed things out, we got to what we got to, I’m getting what I want to get, and it’s three rounds. It’s kind of like an amateur fight, but it’s not an amateur fight, because even amateur fights go on your record. This is not going on my record.”

For more on Rizin FF 14 and the upcoming Bellator schedule, visit the MMA Rumors section of the site.

Source: USA Today – MMA Junkie

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