The respective worlds of MMA and boxing have been going about their business as usual in recent months but ever present, lurking in the shadows, is the long-mooted potential boxing match between Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor.
For what seems like forever, the boxing and MMA supremos have been engaged in a will they won’t they narrative that has led fans on a rollercoaster of emotion as they hype builds and then recedes, only to build once more.
In recent weeks it was announced that the UFC lightweight champion had signed papers for the proposed clash with the legendary boxer and things appeared, at last, to be nearing a point where fans could book their tickets to Las Vegas.
However, weeks have passed without public progress and fans have had to sit on their hands and continue their long wait.
Now, just as things have begun to settle once more, the Irishman has sent the MMA Twitterverse into convulsions with four simple words, five if you include his hashtag.
— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) June 11, 2017
What he is alluding to is anyone’s guess but many are leaning towards the Mayweather clash.
Sign the contract… Conor not getting any younger.. 🤣😂✌🏿✌🏾✌🏽✌🏼✌🏻 pic.twitter.com/hlK21xzKjl
— UFCWeHaveHistoryToo (@NzNwordHistory) June 11, 2017
— Anton (@itsantonss) June 11, 2017
Big Payday #BP
— Brandon Foote (@brandonleefoote) June 11, 2017
— 𝕽𝖆𝖓𝖉𝖞 (@NXTFanNation) June 11, 2017
— 🖼 (@paraheathen) June 11, 2017
— Sean Hastings (@4_hastings) June 11, 2017
Some, clearly in jest, a hoping for something else.
Please be a Dennis siver rematch
— euan (@euan_1874) June 11, 2017
Fighting Marcus Brimage again!
— Kamaru Usman Fan Club (@RougieRightHook) June 11, 2017
Others meanwhile are dreaming of MMA fights and title defences.
WE WANT TONY @TonyFergusonXT
— Blendi (@blendihashani) June 11, 2017
A title defense?!?!?
— Ryan Moody (@ShutdownSafety) June 11, 2017
you vs nate daiz 3
— faris saad (@bigfaris) June 11, 2017
Having been away of the octagon for eight months, a period that would normally see a descent into obscurity, all it takes is one simple message from McGregor for the spotlight to swing squarely back in his direction.
Love him or loathe him, the Irishman is massive news and whatever he is planning, presumably a fight of some kind, it will be one of, if not the, biggest draws of the year.
Now we wait, again.
Gary Brennan, Pundit Arena