If it’s a publicity stunt it is becoming a long drawn out one.
Talk of a possible bout between undefeated 49-0 Pound for Pound star Floyd Mayweather and Ireland’s UFC featherweight champion Conor McGregor has been rife for a number of weeks now.
Such talk has upset boxing fans, who point out that despite having an amateur background with Crumlin and proving a talented stand up MMA operator McGregor would be no match for ‘Money’. Others claim its all talk and the bout will never happen, while there are those annoyed that Mayweather is flirting with the idea of breaking a record he holds (49-0) with Rocky Marciano in a ‘circus’ fight.
The ‘it will never happen’ brigade were left considering their position yesterday as Mayweather claimed he would only exit retirement for a $100m bout with the Dubliner.
In an interview with ESNews, Mayweather said that his camp is truly considering making the bout happen.
“If I do fight, it’s only against Conor McGregor, not against nobody else,” said Mayweather.
“(It’s) because this matchup is so intriguing. You have (a boxer) against an MMA fighter – one of the best MMA fighters to ever stand up and do it. He’s a strong fighter and when I look at his fights, he’s a little faster than I thought he was,” he said.
Indeed, Mayweather’s camp are already exploring possible dates and venues for the fight according to the veteran puncher.
“I’m pretty sure we’re going to have a master plan to make that fight happen,” said Mayweather. “It hasn’t happened, yet, but we locked down some dates, me and my team, me and Al Haymon, me and Leonard Ellerbe. We locked down some dates, in different countries, in different cities in the United States.”