Fresh rumours have surfaced across a number of different media platforms that UFC poster boy Conor McGregor and retired boxing great Floyd Mayweather are set to meet in a mega-fight.
The bout would be the richest in boxing history. Mayweather is believed to be set to earn £100 million, while McGregor will most likely take home £7 million should the clash materialise.
It has been circulating that both parties just have to agree on the purse and sign the paperwork, which sources say should occur sooner rather than later.
The meeting would be a boxing match, despite McGregor’s speciality being in Mixed Martial Arts (MMA).
The Sun has quoted an anonymous individual in Mayweather’s camp as saying: “Floyd went mad after Conor said he would crush him and knock him out in 30 seconds, he’s obsessed with making Conor eat his words.
“Floyd is calling the shots. It’s strictly boxing and Conor will have to lose roughly 25lbs.
“It was agreed in principle on May 2, but Floyd wouldn’t reveal the identity of his opponent until last night when he told friends he’ll be fighting Conor.”
While McGregor and Mayweather share many of the same qualities they also have their fair share of differences.
In an interview with Fight Hype, Mayweather once said: “They say he talks a lot of trash and people praise him for it, but when I did it, they say I’m cocky and arrogant.
“So biased. Like I said before, all I’m saying is this: I ain’t racist at all, but I’m telling you racism still exists.”
In response McGregor hit back on Instagram, declaring: “Floyd Mayweather, don’t ever bring race into my success again.
“I am an Irishman. My people have been oppressed our entire existence. And still very much are. I understand the feeling of prejudice. It is a feeling that is deep in my blood.”
Nothing has been confirmed at this stage. However, the idea makes sense. After being removed from the UFC 200 fight card for skipping his media obligations, McGregor was furious. The Irishman is of the belief that the UFC should give him preferential treatment for putting the company on the map and generating huge amounts of money. This would be the perfect way for McGregor to hit back at Dana White.
On the other hand, Mayweather hinted at a return to boxing earlier this week.
“Right now, I’m happy on this side, but I’ve been talking with CBS and Showtime and you just never know,” he told Showtime television interviewer Jim Gray.
“If I came back, of course, it would have to be a nine-figure payday.”