Floyd Mayweather has urged Conor McGregor to make a decision on the proposed boxing fight between them and says it makes business sense.
Mayweather retired from boxing in September 2015 and says he is only interested in returning to the ring for a crossover fight with UFC lightweight champion McGregor.
The 40-year-old retired boxer is now a boxing promoter and believes McGregor doesn’t make the decisions and should decide soon, before another loss diminishes his value.
“The difference between me and him is this: He has to fight. If I was him and I was smart, before I lose again in the UFC I’d let Floyd Mayweather kick my a** for a lot of money. It makes business sense,” Mayweather told The Daily Telegraph.
“There’s a difference between being an employee and an employer.
“If someone says ‘I want to fight Floyd Mayweather’, I can simply say ‘yes, let’s make it happen’. But when you’ve got a guy like Conor McGregor he has to talk to Dana White (the UFC president). Dana has to talk to Dana’s bosses.
“Conor’s not a shot caller. When they said ‘Why is Floyd Mayweather not fighting Manny Pacquiao?’, it was because Manny Pacquiao had a boss. I don’t have a boss. We could have easily made the fight happen years ago. Everything happens for a reason.
“The first time I was going to fight Manny Pacquiao I was guaranteed $50 million but I had patience. And when I had patience that fight became a $300m fight.”
“This guy said I’m a p***y, I’m scared, I’m a chicken,” Mayweather said. “All 49 said the same thing and all the results were the same. So with that being said, if Conor McGregor really wants to fight me, we can make it happen. But is he blowing smoke up everybody’s a**? We need to know.
“When I was a young fighter I could brag and boast and say I’m going to take his a** and do this and that. I’m Floyd Mayweather. But once I reached the top I didn’t have anything to say.”
He added: “If you haven’t made $10m you can’t ask for $10m. If you haven’t made 20, you can’t ask for 20.
“What you have to do is go to the Forbes and see what he’s worth. I’m going to give you what you’re worth. If he’s worth five, we’ll give him 10.
“If he’s worth 10, we’ll give him 20. We’re talking about just one fight. We’re going to choose one fight. In one fight I made more than Conor McGregor has made in his whole career.”