The UFC president has addressed rumours linking featherweight champion Conor McGregor with a superfight against boxing’s Floyd Mayweather.
It’s the story that sounds too good to be true.
The Sun newspaper claims that Floyd is demanding the showdown after some of Conor McGregor’s inflammatory remarks towards him.
“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.”
Dana White though, who was instrumental in pulling McGregor from July’s UFC 200 mega-event, has outright denied the rumour.
“It’s not true; it’s just a tabloid story,” White said via Yahoo.
“And as far as I knew, Floyd is retired and he’s been on a world-wide vacation and hasn’t even been thinking of fighting.”
Despite White being adamant that Mayweather hasn’t entertained the notion of returning, Floyd himself has indeed hinted at the prospect in recent weeks, with the lure of nine-figure paydays perhaps proving too much to resist.
Nonetheless, The Sun have form for concocting ridiculous rumours, particularly in the realm of soccer.
Don’t hold your breath for a ‘Money’ May/Mystic Mac clash anytime soon, with prominent MMA journalist Jeremy Botter claiming that: