Floyd Mayweather blasts Conor McGregor for 'quitting' before rematch

‘I will be waiting to punish you again’: Floyd Mayweather hits out at Conor McGregor for ‘quitting’ before facing him for a second time… after UFC star promised Mike Tyson he would beat his old rival in an ‘inevitable rematch’

  • Conor McGregor announced his shock retirement at the age of 31 on Sunday
  • Floyd Mayweather has blasted the Irishman for not facing him in a rematch
  • The American defeated McGregor in the 10th round of a boxing match in 2017
  • Mayweather says he is ‘waiting to punish’ the UFC superstar for a second time
  • McGregor says he has retired because there aren’t any fights that excite him 

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.

Floyd Mayweather lands a right hand on Conor McGregor during their boxing match in 2017

McGregor announced his retirement from fighting in a shock statement on Sunday morning 

Total fights – 26

Wins – 22

Wins by knockout – 19

Wins by submission – 1 

Wins by decision – 2 

Defeats – 4

Defeats by submission – 4

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 the 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.

Mayweather commented on one of McGregor’s Instagram posts and challenged him to a fight

McGregor lasted 10 rounds with Mayweather, who hung up his gloves following the fight

‘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.

Conor McGregor announced his shock retirement from UFC again on Sunday morning

McGregor became the only man to hold two belts in different weight divisions back in 2016

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

‘The game just doesn’t excite me, and that’s that,’ he said. ‘All this waiting around. There’s nothing happening.

‘I’m going through opponent options, and there’s nothing really there at the minute. There’s nothing that’s exciting me.

‘They should have just kept the ball rolling. I mean, why are they pushing [Khabib Nurmagomedov vs Justin Gaethje] back to September?

‘You know what’s going to happen in September, something else is going to happen in September, and that’s not going to happen.

The 31-year-old was last seen in the Octagon in January when he demolished Donald Cerrone

‘I laid out a plan and a method that was the right move, the right methods to go with. And they always want to balk at that and not make it happen and just drag it on.

‘Whatever I say, they want to go against it to show some kind of power. They should have just done the fight – me and Justin for the interim title – and just kept the ball rolling.’

McGregor added: ‘I’m a bit bored of the game. I’m here watching the fight. I’m just not excited about the game.

‘I don’t know if it’s no crowd. I don’t know what it is. There’s just no buzz for me.

‘They want to throw me up and down weights and offer me stupid fights. I don’t really give a f***. I’m over it.’


February 17, 2007: Conor McGregor makes his MMA debut against Ciaran Campbell and wins in the first round by knockout 

March 9, 2008: McGregor makes his professional debut and beats Gary Morris in the second round

June 28, 2008: The Irishman’s eagerness to build up his record sees him run before he can walk as he suffers his first defeat at the hands of Lithuanian submission expert Artemij Sitenkov 

2009: In a surprise move, McGregor elects to take the entire year off from professional competition as he looks to focus on his technique 

October 9, 2010: After almost two years out of the sport, McGregor makes a winning return against Connor Dillon in Chaos Fighting Championships 

March 12, 2011: It takes McGregor just 16 seconds to knockout opponent Mike Wood and the referee steps in to end the non-contest  

April 6, 2013: He makes UFC debut against Marcus Brimage in Sweden on preliminary card for Gegard Mousasi vs Ilir Latifi. The bout was stopped in the first round and McGregor won by knockout 

August 17, 2013: McGregor backs up victory over Brimage by beating Max Holloway, only to tear his anterior cruciate ligament during the bout and he needed surgery, keeping him out of action for up to 10 months  

January 18, 2015: After beating Dennis Siver, McGregor jumps out of the cage to confront Jose Aldo as the pair were to go head-to-head in Las Vegas in the Irishman’s first world title shot 

July 11, 2015: Aldo pulled out through injury and so McGregor went on to beat Chad Mendes for the interim featherweight belt 

December 12, 2015: Finally he had the title shot he desired and given Aldo had not lost in years, McGregor’s victory after 13 seconds set a new record for the fastest UFC knockout in a title bout. The bout generated 1.2m pay-per-view sales placing it as second highest in UFC history at the time

March 5, 2016: Having reached the peak with the world title, McGregor was brought back down to earth with a submission defeat to Nate Diaz at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas 

August 20, 2016: Reeling from the loss, the Irishman swiftly agrees a rematch with Diaz and this time wins the contest by majority decision 

November 12, 2016: Holding off from a trilogy bout so soon after gaining revenge on Diaz, McGregor takes on Eddie Alvarez and wins the UFC Lightweight Championship to become the first UFC fighter to hold titles in two different weight classes at the same time

August 26, 2017: After taking time out of UFC – seeing him stripped of his featherweight title in the process due to inactivity – for the birth of his first child, McGregor’s notoriety saw him land a boxing contest with Floyd Mayweather. The Irishman lost but secured a $100m payday

October 6, 2018: Further inactivity saw him stripped of his lightweight title but he made his UFC return in Las Vegas for an eagerly-anticipated clash against Khabib Nurmagomedov which he lost. The fight descended into chaos with a post-bout brawl and both fighters were handed suspensions

January 18, 2020: McGregor makes his long-awaited return to the octagon and demolishes Donald ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone in just 40 seconds in their welterweight clash at UFC 246.

June 7, 2020: McGregor announces his shock retirement from fighting on social media

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