Conor McGregor
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In the past few weeks, Floyd Mayweather has been teasing a rumored jump into MMA.

According to Conor McGregor, talks of a rematch between the two were underway, but he now claims the boxing legend has abandoned negotiations for another fight, saying he’s proud of his “son” for opting to stay retired.

“I am happy for Floyd and his recent announcement that he is out of these current fight negotiations. It is the reason I never seeked [sic] the rematch in the first place. I was happy for him in retirement,” the UFC superstar wrote on Instagram.

“My game is a very unforgiving one. It is not like other games. I understand completely him staying retired. I will now carry on in my negotiations and see where it goes. Have a great retirement Junior. Now come here and give your old man a hug for old times’ sake. I’m proud of you son. Yours truly, Senior.”

Mayweather (50-0, 27 KOs) earned a TKO over McGregor in their August 2017 boxing match. There was talk of a rematch when Mayweather posted videos of himself in a cage and hinting that he may enter MMA.

“What are the odds?” he said in the video, while grinning. “What are the odds?”

The UFC and Dana White have maintained that McGregor will return to the Octagon sometime this year. So far, there’s no confirmed date. It’s rumored that he would face interim champion Tony Ferguson, but now, Ferguson is slated to face Khabib Nurmagomedov for the UFC lightweight belt at UFC 223.

In a recent post on Instagram, McGregor mentioned a trilogy fight with Nate Diaz, saying it will “be special”, but added that “there is no rush”.