Conor McGregor’s one-off boxing match against Floyd Mayweather was key moment in his illustrious career.
While McGregor hasn’t stepped inside the UFC octagon since July 2021, reports have emerged that a sequel fight with Mayweather is in the works.
SPORTbible announced on Twitter that the undefeated boxing legend has confirmed a second fight against his former Irish foe:
“BREAKING: Floyd Mayweather confirms he will fight Conor McGregor again”
Mayweather is set to fight popular social media celebrity and MMA fighter Mikuru Asakura in Japan at Super RIZIN on September 25th. It’s not a serious or competitive bout, but the money is extremely good. According to Floyd, he’ll pocket $20 million for the nine minute boxing match … which could end quickly if Mayweather decides not to play with his food.
In an interview with The Daily Mail, Mayweather talked about the Asakura fight and his future plans.
“I want to go out there this weekend and have fun,” Mayweather said. “Then I have another exhibition Dubai in November and me and Conor McGregor in 2023.”
The boxing G.O.A.T. contender confirmed that discussions were already happening between Team Mayweather and Team McGregor.
“We don’t know if it’s going to be an exhibition or a real fight,” he said. “But there’s been talks of both. I would prefer an exhibition.”
Mayweather’s main issue with ‘real’ fights are that they’d mess up his record, which sits at a very nice and round 50 wins and 0 defeats. After officially retiring from professional competition, ‘Money’ went and filed a number of trademark claims around ’50-0.’ And why would he mess that up competing against someone he considers a non-threat?
“I am not into fights where I am going to take any real punishment,” Mayweather said. “So, guys like Conor McGregor and guys that don’t really hit hard such as YouTubers or UFC guys, I don’t really mind colliding with those kinds of individuals but nothing where I am going to put myself in a position where I am going to harm myself or hurt myself.”
Dana White was quick to pour water on the idea of a second Conor McGregor vs. Floyd Mayweather fight.
“All bulls***,” White said when asked if there was any truth to the rematch rumors. “Those guys are just talking on social media like they do. The Daily Mirror or whatever the hell that tabloid is called is full of s***.”
White had to be dragged kicking and screaming to the negotiation table when McGregor and Mayweather decided to fight each other for the first time. This time, McGregor may be looking to go at it alone for the rematch. ‘The Notorious’ currently has just two fights left on his UFC contract. He can either fight out his deal and leave the UFC, which would allow him to keep all the money made in a second fight. Or he could use his impending free agency to force the UFC to allow the rematch.
Either way, it’s hard to see Conor McGregor turning down an opportunity to make $100+ million off one fight. While the fight may not make much sense from a sporting perspective, there’s more than enough money and ego to turn this questionable bout into reality next year.
While that may be good news for McGregor’s bank account balance, fans were quick to groan at the prospect of a crossover rematch:
“He must be broke”
“Money is the focus not the victory”
Fans also expressed disinterest in another fight between the two combat sports legends:
“No one cares”
“McGregor is finished, no one wants to see this.”
Other fans lamented the state of boxing.
“Boxing has is just a farce now with old pros who can’t retire and Youtubers thinking they can fight. Add on top the ridiculous cost of PPVs and it’s no wonder boxing is dying”