Floyd Mayweather has officially declared he is coming out of retirement to fight UFC star Conor McGregor.
The boxing legend retired 49-0 in September 2015, but has been negotiating with McGregor over a super-fight for several months.
McGregor has already insisted his next fight will be against Mayweather and speaking to a UK crowd during his tour of the country, the American confirmed the bout will happen.
Mayweather and McGregor must convince the UFC to sign off on the fight, but the boxer is targeting a June bout.
‘When I faced Oscar De La Hoya, he was the A side, I was the B side. I didn’t cry, I didn’t complain, I beat him and I became the A side.
‘For Conor McGregor, I’m coming out of retirement, just to fight Conor McGregor.
‘I don’t want to hear no more excuses about the money, about the UFC.
‘Sign the paper with the UFC so you can fight me in June.
‘Simple and plain. Let’s fight in June. You’re the B side, I’m the A side. We’re not here to cry about money.
‘I’m tired of all this crying about money and talking about you want to fight.
‘You blowing smoke up everybody’s ass. If you want to fight, sign the paperwork, let’s do it.
‘Today, I’m officially out of retirement for Conor McGregor. We don’t need to waste no time.
‘We need to make this s**t happen quickly. Let’s get it on in June.’
McGregor and Mayweather have traded verbal blows over fight purses and legacy in the last months, but it seems the fight is edging closer to completion.
Reports that the deal is done suggest that McGregor is just waiting on the UFC to sign off on the bout.
McGregor has never boxed professional and is under contract with the UFC.