Floyd Mayweather is serious about the Clippers. (Steve Marcus / Reuters)

Floyd Mayweather Jr. has thrown his hat into the ring of folks interested in purchasing the Los Angeles Clippers if/when the NBA convinces Donald Sterling to sell the team.

It’s a crowded ring, with men of varying degrees of monetary worth (David Geffen $$$$, P. Diddy $$, Rick Ross $$ and Magic Johnson/Guggenheim $$$$ possibly interested).

Mayweather, like Diddy and Ross, was up-front about being part of a group of investors in the team he often roots for at Staples Center.

“I can’t come in here talking about Mayweather only going to get three percent or four percent,” Mayweather said (via Yahoo) at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, where he’ll fight Marcos Maidana on Saturday. “I got to get a solid percentage. But do we want to buy the Clippers? Yes we do. We’re very, very interested in buying the Clippers.”

Mayweather is known for cashing in big on his bets on other teams in Vegas and he says his ability to buy the team is legit.

“Me and my team want to buy the Clippers. And we can afford the Clippers.”

Of course, he’d have to stop wagering on the Clippers or he’d find himself in Sterling’s shoes. As for Sterling, who got into trouble when racist comments became public over the weekend, Mayweather said he has nothing negative to say about the team’s soon-to-be-ex owner.

“Donald Sterling, he’s been getting a lot of negative press,” Mayweather said. “My thing is this: I don’t have nothing negative to say about this guy. He’s always treated me with the utmost respect. He has always invited me to games. Always. He’s always told me, ‘Floyd, I want you to sit right next to me and my wife.’ I don’t know about the mistress [V. Stiviano] , but I’m talking about him and the wife. But the mistress has always tried to send girls by me and I’d be like, ‘No.’ I was always like, ‘No, this is my guy’s seat.'”