Mayweather v McGregor
Floyd Mayweather Jr and Connor McGregor’s cross-sport showdown looks closer to being made after the two men talked up the prospect.
Not fought since 2015
Five-weight boxing world champion Mayweather – who turns 40 next month – signed off his professional boxing career in September 2015, retiring with a 49-0 record. But talks of a bout with UFC champion McGregor have persisted, largely due to the amount of money such a spectacle would generate.
McGregor cleared to box
McGregor has obtained a boxing license as part of his pursuit of Mayweather and in his own inimitable way has been calling the American out. Despite several reservations from pundits about the legitimacy of such a fight, the two want it to happen.
The first billion-dollar fight?
In a question-and-answer session Saturday in Manchester, England, McGregor said he plans to put his UFC career on hold to pursue boxing and a bout with Mayweather, who has not fought since 2015. “I believe this is the first billion [dollar] fight. I think it will happen at the end of this year or the start of next year,” McGregor was reported as saying at the event.
Asked to respond before the Carl Frampton-Leo Santa Cruz fight Saturday night in Las Vegas, Mayweather expressed enthusiasm for the matchup, and that he would want the fight to be at either 147 or 150 pounds and be part of a Showtime pay-per-view package. “Most likely the fight between me and Conor McGregor will happen,” Mayweather told Sky Sports 1. “That’s the only fight that will get me back in the ring. He’s going to do a job on his side and we are going to do a job on my side and hopefully all the fans in the UK come over and support me.”
McGregor taking time off
McGregor has been linked with a switch to wrestling, too, but is currently taking time off as he prepares for the birth of his first child. When asked if a deal could be struck, Mayweather responded: “Absolutely.”