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Floyd Mayweather Jr.’s Unexpected U-Turn on MMA

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Recently retired boxing megastar Floyd Mayweather Jr. is looking to expand his roster of fighters on The Money Team beyond boxing and delve into the market of MMA promotion.

Mayweather Jr. and his TMT promotion already have 13 pugilists to its credit, including Sweden’s WBC super-middleweight champion in Badou Jack.

Talking to FightHype, “Money” Mayweather doused any hope of boxing fans who wanted him to make a quick return to the ring—opting to concentrate on his new promotional venture.

“They [boxing] want me back. It’s time for me to go over to MMA. It’s time for me to start promoting fights for MMA—I’m ready to get involved with that business now and, of course, you already know what the MGM Grand stands for: “Mayweather Gets Money.” I’m still doing that—every month, the check comes in.”

This is an interesting development from Mayweather Jr.—if there’s anything Money knows better than being a supreme in-ring general, it’s the art of promotion. Though, you can’t help but think this is all bluster to throw boxing fans off the scent of a swift return to the sport that is as inevitable as death itself.

Whether you believe Mayweather Jr.’s words or not, it’s a glaring change in tune from the unbeaten American—who retired at the tail end of 2015 having beat Andre Berto in a unanimous decision, retaining his WBA (Super), WBC, Lineal and The Ring welterweight titles as well as his perfect 49-0 record.

Just eight months ago, the financially-focused Mayweather Jr. commented to FightHype that there wasn’t enough money in mixed martial arts to even stoop to its level by talking about the sport nor its most headline-grabbing fighters in Ronda Rousey and Conor McGregor.

“I’m in the $100million business, not the $100,000 business. I shouldn’t even be stooping to certain levels, because it doesn’t make ….View full article