Conor McGregor is “not interested” in a rematch with Floyd Mayweather even though the American advised them to fight next year.
Mayweather stopped McGregor in the 10th round of the final fight of his professional career in August 2017.
The 45-year-old has competed in three exhibition bouts since then and will face Mikuru Asakura in another this weekend.
Mayweather revealed on Wednesday talks are at an advanced stage with McGregor regarding a fight in 2023, with a decision still to be made whether it will be a show off or a “real fight”.
But Ireland’s McGregor took to social media later on, posting a picture of their first fight with the caption: “#notinterested”.
Speaking to the Daily Mail, Mayweather said: “I wanted to go out there this weekend and have fun. Then I had another exhibition in Dubai in November [against British YouTube star Deji] and me and Conor McGregor in 2023.
“We don’t know if it will be an exhibition or a real fight. But there has been talk of both. I prefer exhibitions.
“I didn’t get into a fight where I would receive a real punishment.
“So people like Conor McGregor and people who aren’t very successful, like YouTubers or UFC guys, I don’t mind bumping into people like that.
“But nowhere would I put myself in a position where I would hurt myself or hurt myself.”