The Floyd Mayweather v Conor McGregor fight saga has more twists than a Dan Brown novel - we can’t keep up.
Floyd Mayweather has responded to Conor McGregor's claim he is keeping him in retirement by telling the UFC champion to get in touch with his representatives.
Five-weight boxing world champion Mayweather, who has previously stated he would only return to the ring to fight the Irishman, said he was "happily retired" in posts shared on his social media pages.
But then McGregor tweeted a picture of himself sat on a throne in Las Vegas with the caption: "Floyd has retired on my arrival".
I am in Las Vegas. Floyd has retired on my arrival. pic.twitter.com/z9EcxBJaDr— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) February 15, 2017
Despite the fact that a child could have predicted the Dubliner would respond to Mayweather with a comment like that, it appeared enough to make the boxer do a U-turn on his previous statement.
"Listen, Conor McGregor, if you really want to get this fight done, take care of your business with the UFC and then have your people get in touch with my people," Mayweather wrote on Twitter.
McGregor has obtained a boxing licence granted by the California State Athletic Commission, which would allow him to box in the US state, as part of his pursuit of a cross-sport showdown with Mayweather.
However, the 28-year-old McGregor is still contracted to the UFC.
Mayweather retired in September 2015 with a 49-0 record while McGregor became UFC's first simultaneous two-weight champion in November when beating Eddie Alvarez for the lightweight belt.
The 38-year-old Mayweather had earlier played down talk of an agreement between the two camps, posting on Twitter: "There seems to be several rumours floating around media recently however, let the record show, there hasn't been any deals made in regards to a fight between myself and any other fighters.
"I am happily retired and enjoying life at this time. If any changes are to come, be sure that I will be the first to let the world know."