Conor McGregor has done a lot of trash talking towards Floyd Mayweather, initially proposing the idea of a super-fight. But now it’s the professional boxer that is making news with his quotes, claiming he’s ready to make the bout a reality in 2017.

Before McGregor became the biggest star in UFC, Mayweather was the king of combat sports and pay-per-view. He was the world’s top boxer until he called it quits in September 2015, maintaining his perfect record while making far more money than any other fighter in history.

READ: 10 times Conor McGregor has bashed Floyd Mayweather

Mayweather is a master of promotion, and even if the fight never happens, he’s certainly added plenty of interest in seeing him go toe-to-toe with McGregor.

Here are some of Mayweather’s most notable quotes about McGregor:

“It may not be a rumor. Keep y’all fingers crossed, it may be a boxer versus an MMA fighter.” May 7, 2016

Mayweather first gave credence to the idea that he could fight McGregor last May. A rumor that turned out to be false claimed that the two fighters were close to making a deal. Even though the report wasn’t true, Mayweather recognized the interest a bout could draw, and the two have been engaged in a public feud of sorts ever since.

“Never compare Conor McGregor to me. That's a total disrespect. Once again, I'm an elephant. An elephant don't beef with ants. An elephant is so large, he don't even see ants.” Nov. 15, 2016

The trash talk between McGregor and Mayweather was largely one-sided until TMZ caught up with the undefeated boxer. Seemingly having had enough of McGregor’s boasting, Mayweather wanted to make sure it was known that he is the more accomplished fighter. That fact can’t be argued, considering he’s gone 49-0 as a boxer and McGregor was forced to tap out in his fight with Nate Diaz a year ago.

“We're the ‘A side.’ How can a guy talk about making 20 or 30 million if he has never made eight or nine million in a fight.” Jan. 11, 2017

It’s what Mayweather said on ESPN's “First Take” and a point that he's made over and over again—he’s the bigger star and should be paid more for the fight. McGregor has asked for $100 million to make the bout official, but Mayweather doesn’t think the UFC champion should get close to what he’s making. Mayweather made well over $200 million for his May 5 fight against Manny Pacquiao, and he’s made it clear that he won’t come out of retirement unless he’s going to get a nine-figure payday.

“Before you ask for $25M, be worth more than $25M. You have the “2” and the “5” right but you meant to say $2.5M not $25M.” Jan. 19, 2017

This was in response to UFC president Dana White’s offer to pay both Mayweather and McGregor a purse of $25 million to get a deal done. Mayweather caused a stir on the internet when he tweeted a picture of his estimated net worth compared to McGregor’s. The figures might not be accurate, and McGregor’s almost certainly isn’t, but the point was made. Mayweather hasn’t made as little as $25 million for a fight in years, while McGregor’s highest guarantee has been just $3 million.

 


 

“Stop blowing smoke up everybody’s ass. Sign the paper. Sign the paper.” March 6, 2017

Speaking with ESPN as he spends some time in the United Kingdom, Mayweather has made it clear that he’s ready for a fight. He claims that he’s offered McGregor $15 million, and he’s simply waiting for the UFC star to agree to the terms. The decision isn’t simply up to McGregor since he’s under contract with UFC, but Mayweather doesn’t seem to have time for any of McGregor’s excuses.

“There’s a lot of barking but there’s no biting...You talking all that shit, you acting like you want to fight, I don’t think you really want to fight.” March 9, 2017

With McGregor doing so much talking without a deal in place, Mayweather has accused McGregor of not wanting to actually step inside a boxing ring, via FightHype. McGregor likely has no chance to defeat Mayweather, and the world class boxer knows it. But if Mayweather is truly prepared to fight McGregor, the fight could be made before the end of 2017, considering the amount of money that both sides stand to make.