So which is which really?

Friday’s rumor of a Floyd Mayweather Jr. versus Conor McGregor bout spread like wildfire, although it began as an absurd tabloid report:

It gained enough steam for oddsmakers to make a betting line out of it:

Even McGregor’s coach John Kavanagh, teased with this Tweet:

However, UFC President Dana White was quick to douse the fire. In an interview with Yahoo Sports’ Kevin Iole, White downplayed the rumor:

“It’s not true; it’s just a tabloid story. And as far as I knew, Floyd is retired and he’s been on a world-wide vacation and hasn’t even been thinking of fighting.”

Floyd Mayweather Jr. has been retired since September 2015 and in fact, these were his most recent Instagram posts:

The retired life. www.themoneyteam.com

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Cairo, Egypt #Pyramids #Sphinx #Africa Photo credit: @greg_larosa_tmt www.themoneyteam.com

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Not only is Floyd retired, but he looks and sounds happily retired. However, this ESPN report came out last week:

And Floyd also gave this recent interview:

Nine figures is a lot of zeroes on the payslip. But believe it or not, the tabloid rumor fit the billing. According to the report, Mayweather would be getting $148M and Mcgregor  $10.1M. So is Floyd Mayweather Jr. really coming back to make 9 figures against Conor McGregor? The UFC has already said no, because McGregor is under contract with the UFC. But just when we thought the rumor was slowly dying a natural death, Mayweather’s father resurrected it again with this interview:

So which is which really? To fight or not to fight? The plot thickens.