Floyd Mayweather targeted by Bellator MMA breakthrough star AJ McKee

"It's just me wanting to be acknowledged as the best in my sport and sharing a moment with a great from another sport. Hopefully it happens one day."

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AJ McKee is now 18-0 in the world of MMA and is looking to step into the ring with Floyd Mayweather

Floyd Mayweather has been challenged by AJ McKee, the latest MMA fighter who wants to cross over into the boxing ring.

McKee is undefeated at 18-0 as a Bellator MMA champion and, after a breakthrough performance at the weekend where he defeated Patricio 'Pitbull' Freire, he has called out Mayweather.

"I would have a lot of respect for him, straight up," said McKee.

"I'm the best at my sport. He's the best at his sport.

"I would just enjoy sharing that moment with him.

"He's like my dad! I call my dad 'my antique'. If you go hard with my antique in the gym? I will [mess] you up.

"Be careful because if you hurt my antique we've got a problem."

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Floyd Mayweather, left, and Logan Paul fight during an exhibition boxing match at Hard Rock Stadium, Sunday, June 6, 2021, in Miami Gardens, Fla. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)
Image: Mayweather had an exhibition bout with Logan Paul

Mayweather ended his sensational career with a perfect 50-0 record in 2017 by beating the UFC's biggest superstar, Conor McGregor.

He has since competed in exhibition bouts with kickboxer Tenshin Nasukawa and YouTuber-turned-boxer Logan Paul.

McKee aimed a thinly-veined dig at Logan and Jake Paul's involvement in boxing.

"These younger guys who aren't in the sport? They have something to prove," McKee said.

"I don't have anything to prove in boxing against Floyd.

"It's just me wanting to be acknowledged as the best in my sport and sharing a moment with a great from another sport.

"Hopefully it happens one day.

"He told me that he doesn't fight anymore. I said 'cool'.

"But you never know, man. You never know."

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Bellator's AJ McKee on why he wants to become the Floyd Mayweather of MMA

McKee had previously told Sky Sports: "I spoke to Floyd personally and he told me that he doesn't fight.

"But he does exhibition matches!

"It's a respect thing. He fights YouTubers. It's a different level of respect that I carry.

"I wouldn't go in there to knock his head off! I would go for sparring matches, to test my skills and to move around with a great.

"Stylistically I will be undefeated for my entire career. I will not lose.

"I will make that Floyd money too!

"Being undefeated, his work ethic, $100m per fight?

"I have taken the long journey like Floyd. I had no favours. I have taken everything progressively.

"In the near future we will see things change. If not for myself but for other fights."

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