American boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. on Tuesday (Wednesday in Manila) clarified that no deal has been made for him to fight Conor McGregor -- or any other fighter, for that matter.
This, after an ESPN's Stephen A. Smith claimed he was told by Mayweather that a superfight with McGregor is "very, very close."
On his official Instagram account, the unbeaten Mayweather posted similar statements emphasizing that he is still retired.
"Although there has been several rumors circulating thru media suggesting that I will have an upcoming fight, I'd like to set that record straight and state that there has been no deals made on my behalf in regards to a bout with any fighter at this time," Mayweather announced.
"I am happily retired and enjoying my life! Rest assured that if any changes come about, I will be the first to let the world know!" he added.
Mayweather and McGregor have been teasing a potential bout for several months now, and according to a report by ESPN's Dan Rafael, the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) is aware that there are "active negotiations" between the two camps.
"There is a lot of real stuff going on. It still seems like a long shot, but when there is a lot of money involved, people tend to figure it out. There are a lot of cooks in the kitchen, but I'm not sure if we're going to eat," said NSAC chairman Anthony Marnell.
"I'm confirming that real people are having real discussions," Marnell also said.
However, Marnell also made it clear that there remains several obstacles to the fight, including the distribution of revenue.
Mayweather has not fought since September 2015, when he easily outpointed Andre Berto to retire with an immaculate 49-0 win-loss record.
Meanwhile, McGregor is the biggest star in mixed martial arts, and the first man to hold two UFC titles at the same time. He still has an active contract with the promotion.
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