White shared a photo of himself with boxing icon Floyd Mayweather Jr., along with the CEO of Asian fighting promotion Rizin Fighting Federation, Nobuyuki Sakakibara.
White wrote, “HOOOOOOOLY SH********!!!!!! WTF is goin on here?” See the tweet below:
— danawhite (@danawhite) April 7, 2021
It’s unclear why White met with Mayweather and Sakakibara. The UFC’s president tweet could either be teasing a potential partnership with the other two parties or a massive troll. However, that fact the three met signals the former.
White and Mayweather have alluded to a potential team-up in the past but it never came to fruition. They also worked together to promote Mayweather’s boxing bout with UFC superstar Conor McGregor in 2017.
Furthermore, Mayweather is no stranger to Rizin. “Money” competed in an exhibition boxing bout under the banner in December 2018, defeating Tenshin Nasukawa.
Whatever the meaning is behind the post, White’s tweet yielded a major amount of engagement from MMA fans. See some of the tweets below:
Negotiations to air Rizin events on fightpass, with Floyd as the middle dude, probably. Or maybe Rizin is bleeding money and trying to get Dana to buy them.
— DRAGON OF ZEON (@JustinTLiger) April 7, 2021
Floyd coming to the UFC 👀 pic.twitter.com/jIoqumud6K
— Hassan 🪐 (@KingHassan__) April 7, 2021
— Kevin Thang (@Skip2MyJays) April 7, 2021
Dana vs Floyd
— Connoisseur of Combat (@ConOfCombat) April 7, 2021
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Mayweather Plans on Competing in Several Exhibition Bouts in 2021, Including a Fight in Japan
In February, Money revealed via social media that he hopes to box in multiple bouts this year. He has a few names in mind, specifically YouTube stars Logan and Jake Paul, as well as rapper 50 Cent.
Mayweather was scheduled to box Logan Paul earlier this year, however the fight has been postponed. In the post, Mayweather also said he plans on competing in Japan, which could explain his meeting with Rizin’s CEO.
This year I will focus on several exhibitions. I will have an exhibition in Tokyo, Japan again. Of course the one with Logan Paul and I ; and if Jake Paul can get past his next opponent Ben Askren, I will have an exhibition with him as well. I also heard that 50 cent would fight me but claims I’m too small. If he wants to lace up at the end of the year, we can do an exhibition then. I don’t care about weight class with any of these guys. The Paul brothers will make great money with the events, but with 50 cent It has to be “Winner Take All”.
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Mayweather Hasn’t Boxed in a Professional Match Since His Fight Against McGregor
Money hasn’t competed in a professional boxing match since he teamed up with the UFC president to promote a contest with McGregor. The two met inside the ring in August 2017 and Money left as the winner via 10th-round TKO.
The victory improved Mayweather’s record to the coveted 50-0 mark. Since then, Money has competed in one exhibition bout: the TKO victory over Nasukawa in December 2018.
At 44 years old, it’s unclear if Money ever intends to compete in another professional boxing match again.