There was much eye-rolling and shaking of heads among fans of combat sport on Thursday, as a report in The Sun claimed that Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Conor McGregor were on the verge of signing to face each other in the summer.
If you are in the densely populated camp that has written this story off as mere tabloid nonsense and were hoping that the talk surrounding it would quickly fade, you probably won’t enjoy this recent interview with Floyd Mayweather Sr.
At an Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame event on Friday, the elder Mayweather suggested that not only were rumours of his son’s comeback true, but that the former pound-for-pound king of boxing intended to fight someone from a different combat code upon his return.
“He had told me the other day that he was going to take another fight,” said the 63-year-old former boxer. “He says[it’s against] some kind of MMA fighter”.
The comment obviously prompted more specific questions about McGregor, whom Mayweather Sr. subsequently claimed would be in for a beating were he ever to fight “Money May”.
“We don’t care about that man, we’d beat the hell out of that man,” he said. “My son can whoop him. He’s dead. He’s a dead man”.
In line with The Sun report, Floyd also indicated that were the contest go ahead, it would be held under boxing rules.
“That’s what everyone has been saying,” said Floyd. “I’ll tell you this, if it’s not MMA fighting, Conor is going to get the hell beat out of him. I know lil’ Floyd ain’t going for being an MMA fighter, so that means that Conor is going to get the hell beat out of him still.”
Regarding a timeline for the supposed match-up, Mayweather Sr. stated that while he was unaware of the specific details, he expected it to happen quite soon.
“I really don’t know exactly when, but I’m pretty sure it’s going to come around pretty soon. Won’t be that long.”
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