McGre­gor is­sued a box­ing li­cence ...reignites May­weather talk

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UFC cham­pion Conor McGre­gor has moved closer to a pos­si­ble fight with five-weight world cham­pion Floyd May­weather af­ter se­cur­ing a box­ing li­cence.

The Ir­ish fighter be­came the Ul­ti­mate Fight­ing Cham­pi­onship’s first dual di­vi­sion cham­pion in Novem­ber.

McGre­gor, (28), has said he wants $100m to meet May­weather, who has pre­vi­ously played down the prospects of a fight.

The li­cence has been granted by the Cal­i­for­nia State Ath­letic Com­mis­sion, al­low­ing him to box in the US state.

McGre­gor’s trainer John Ka­vanagh has said he would “put a few quid on [a May­weather fight] next year”.

He added: “Is it get­ting any close? I don’t know, but it cer­tainly wouldn’t sur­prise me that it’s go­ing to hap­pen.”

Leonard Ellerbe, chief ex­ec­u­tive of May­weather Pro­mo­tions, told ESPN the fight could not take place as McGre­gor is un­der con­tract to the UFC.

“He got a box­ing li­cence. Con­grat­u­la­tions to him,” said Ellerbe.

“Conor McGre­gor can say any­thing he wants to but he has a boss and his name is [UFC pres­i­dent] Dana White.”

McGre­gor beat Ed­die Al­varez last month to win to win the light­weight cham­pi­onship, to add his feath­er­weight ti­tle, though he has since re­lin­quished that belt.

Af­ter the Al­varez vic­tory, he de­manded a stake in the own­er­ship of UFC. —BBC Sport

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