Mayweather v McGre­gor

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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.

Mayweather’s re­sponse

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.”

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