It’s a fight that many still believe to be total fantasy. However, it’s now been confirmed that very real Conor McGregor vs Floyd Mayweather negotiations happened behind the scenes.
Over the summer, talk of a super-fight between the two titanic characters heated up to such an extent that a new twist in the saga was emerging everyday. However, after Conor’s rematch with Nate Diaz was confirmed for UFC 202, talk of a McGregor vs Mayweather bout began to slow down to the point that eventually, the undefeated boxer stated that he was moving on.
Despite this apparent end to the saga however, Conor McGregor reignited the rumours once again after he dropped Mayweather’s name during the UFC 205 press conference on Tuesday evening.
Asked who would give him the toughest fight out of all the UFC stars that were present in Madison Square Garden on the night, the MMA champion stated that he didn’t feel anyone could offer him much in the promotion.
‘I’m looking around, I don’t know what anyone else has for me around here. I might have to jump up, drag Floyd Mayweather out of bed and see what he’s at again.’
Mayweather was interviewed by TMZ Sports after the conference and, rather than stating that the fight was still dead in the water, the 39-year-old suggested that the match up was still a real possibility.
Discussing a potential McGregor vs Mayweather super-fight on ESPN First Take on Wednesday night, boxing analysts Max Kellerman and Stephen A. Smith broke down the ins and outs of the negotiations between the pair.
Kellerman specifically explained how Mayweather negotiates while also laying out the reasons why Conor McGregor has serious leverage in deciding the split of the potential purse.
Smith on the other hand, had some real insider information as he stated that he had spoken to Mayweather recently and that the retired boxer explained to him why they had parked the fight for the meantime.