The speculation continues in a saga which was deemed “a tabloid story” right from the outset.
The potential Floyd Mayweather-Conor McGregor fight has received more coverage now than Dana White or anyone at the UFC could dream of getting for a UFC event but it continues to plod along with hints and suggestions coming from both camps daily.
At this point everyone knows the story: Mayweather starts a rumour, McGregor plays along in jest, or so it appeared, then Floyd Mayweather Snr. started the ball rolling with the first suggestion that the fight was more than just a playful rumour, to keep both fighters in the spotlight.
As of late, things have begun to heat up however, with statements from Mayweather himself suggesting he has a master plan, Dana White asking ‘Money’ to call him and ‘The Notorious’ tweeting hints every few days.
Perhaps the biggest intimation that the fight will become a reality is McGregor’s sudden change in physique. Up until recently the Dublin native has been very vocal about fighting Nate Diaz in a rematch at welterweight but the latest images of ‘The Notorious’ suggest that he is moving closer to the size he was when he fought at featherweight.
The image below shows McGregor before UFC 196, when he fought Nate Diaz at welterweight:
My angel glows in the dark. pic.twitter.com/M9aNKDiO47
— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) February 29, 2016
And this is the latest photo he has posted to his official Twitter account:
Self motivated. pic.twitter.com/M5xLrjSCpt
— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) May 15, 2016
While this could obviously point towards McGregor returning to the UFC to defend his belt, considering Jose Aldo and Frankie Edgar are getting ready to square off at UFC 200, the bout would not be until after the summer at the earliest.
Not one for sitting around, McGregor clearly has another fight in mind at a lighter weight. The Mayweather fight is reported to be at 147lbs, just two pounds heavier than the featherweight limit.
McGregor also dropped his latest hint via Twitter this morning, showing off his new Reebok boxing shoes. McGregor is sponsored by Reebok since the introduction of the Reebok deal with the UFC and there is no doubt that the boxing shoes were ordered for something a little bit more special than just training.
Boxing boots. pic.twitter.com/LBI1xo4Hiy
— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) May 17, 2016
Many, including SBG’s head coach John Kavanagh, expected an announcement for a McGregor fight in the octagon before now. Watch this space closely. Stranger things have happened.
Paul O’Dea, Pundit Arena
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