Mayweather mocks McGregor over retirement

Las Vegas, Jun 8 (Agencies) | Publish Date: 6/8/2020 10:21:01 AM IST

Floyd Mayweather has taken a swipe at Conor McGregor for ‘quitting’ before facing him in a rematch - and insists he is ready and willing to ‘punish’ the Irishman again.

The UFC superstar shocked the world on Sunday when he announced his retirement from fighting at the age of 31, just months after making a triumphant return to the Octagon following an absence of over a year.

And now Mayweather has blasted McGregor’s decision to hang up his gloves and accused him of going back on a promise he made just last month.

After ‘The Notorious’ posted a picture of a cake with the message ‘Happy retirement daddy’ written on it to his Instagram account, Mayweather hit back.

“If I’m not mistaken, didn’t you tell Mike Tyson you could beat me if we fought a second time?” Mayweather commented. 

“Now you’re quitting! I thought you wanted to beat the best? Well, if you decide to come back, I will be waiting to punish you again.”

Mayweather and McGregor met in a lucrative boxing match in August, 2017, after the MMA star opted to take part in a crossover bout.

Despite training relentlessly for the fight and repeatedly claiming he would end Mayweather’s 49-fight undefeated streak, McGregor was eventually beaten in the 10th round.

Talk of a mega-money second fight has been ongoing since the first fight despite the American announcing his own retirement, and just last month McGregor vowed to get his revenge.

After heavyweight legend Mike Tyson called him a ‘bad motherf*****’ for lasting 10 rounds with Mayweather, the Irishman tweeted, “Thank you Mike, and just know that for the inevitable rematch, with the knowledge I now hold of Floyd’s style, plus under the tutelage of my old school boxing coach, I will crack the puzzle, and I will beat Floyd. I promise my life on it. It is great to see you back Iron Mike.”

But it now appears that a rematch with Mayweather may not happen after McGregor announced that he would no longer fight for a living.  

On Sunday, he tweeted, “Hey guys I’ve decided to retire from fighting. Thank you all for the amazing memories! What a ride it’s been! Here is a picture of myself and my mother in Las Vegas post one of my World title wins! Pick the home of your dreams Mags I love you! Whatever you desire it’s yours.”

This is not the first time McGregor has said he is retiring from the sport, having made the announcement in March last year only to return less than 12 months later.

He later explained his decision, telling ESPN that he was bored of waiting around for his next fight to be confirmed.

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