Los Angeles - Floyd Mayweather, already
hinting at a ring return, says it's "possible" he could come out of
retirement to face mixed martial arts star Conor McGregor.
"It's possible," Mayweather said
on Saturday while in Las Vegas for the fight between Saul "Canelo"
Alvarez and Amir Khan.
"It was a name that was shot at
me," Mayweather said in video posted by Fighthype.com. "The rumours
that you all have been hearing are the rumours that I started. It may not be a rumour,
so keep your fingers crossed. It may be a boxer versus an MMA fighter."
Mayweather was asked about a potential
McGregor matchup because British tabloid The Sun reported he and Ireland's
McGregor were "on the verge" of agreeing to meet.
According to the Sun the two would face off
this year in a boxing ring - not an MMA octagon - with McGregor getting about
$10 million to Mayweather's $144 million.
Mayweather, 39, walked away from boxing in
September with a perfect 49-0 record.
That included his last victory over Andre
Berto and his triumph over Filipino ring icon Manny Pacquiao in May of 2015 in
the most lucrative fight in boxing history.
In April, he told Showtime television
interviewer Jim Gray that he might be tempted to return to the ring - if he
could guarantee a "nine-figure" payday.
He said he'd had talks with Showtime and
the CBS network.
McGregor, the hugely popular Ultimate
Fighting Championship featherweight champion, teased his fans on Sunday via
social media about a possible Mayweather matchup, posting what appears to be a
promotional poster for such a clash on Twitter.