Floyd Mayweather Is Coming Out Of Retirement !! To Fight Conor McGregor
|Floyd Mayweather Is Coming Out Of Retirement !! To Fight Conor McGregor|
After many weeks of hints and intimations, Mayweather announced that he was officially coming out of retirement to take on UFC’s biggest star – and wants the much-hyped mega-fight to happen in June.
Mayweather, speaking in Liverpool on the latest leg of his UK tour, told the assembled crowd: “For Conor McGregor … I’m coming out of retirement just to fight Conor McGregor. Simple and plain, let’s fight in June.”
Mayweather’s words represent the most detailed proposal either fighter has offered for the potential showdown.
In a video posted to FightHype, Mayweather was candid about when he wanted the fight to happen. The 40-year-old said: “Everybody get your phone out. Post this to the internet as soon as possible.
ayweather and McGregor have been going back and forth for months about the proposed superfight. At first, it seemed like a pipe-dream, perhaps even a publicity stunt.
But the talk continues to grow louder. And if Mayweather is serious, just maybe the boxing match against the UFC lightweight champion gets done.
Of course, with two massive egos in the negotiating room, petty deal points will be fought tooth-and-nail, aside from the No. 1 matter: money.
“When I faced Arturo Gatti, I went to his turf,” Mayweather said, referring to his first pay-per-view main event. “He was the A side. I was the B side. I beat him. I didn’t cry. I didn’t complain. When I faced Oscar De La Hoya, he was the A side and I was the B side. I didn’t cry. I didn’t complain. I beat him and I became the A side."
It's clear this fight won't get done unless McGregor concedes on a few matters. Mayweather isn't going to walk to the ring first. He's not going to be second on the billboard. And he's surely going to want the lion's share of the purse.
Mayweather claims he didn't even know who McGregor was when the Irishman first called him out last year. But "Money" knows who he is now. And with sacks of money – likely hundreds of millions – awaiting him for what should be an easy night's work, Mayweather is ready to end his second retirement and go for that 50th win.
Now it's McGregor's turn to further build up a fight that may never happen.
|Conor McGregor V Floyd Mayweather|
Mayweather retired undefeated from boxing in 2015 after beating Andre Berto. McGregor, the first fighter in the UFC’s history to hold titles in two weight divisions simultaneously, is currently on a break from MMA as he awaits the birth of his first child.
Any fight would almost certainly be under boxing rules. McGregor has already taken steps to make sure he’s able to fight in Las Vegas by obtaining a boxing license from the Nevada State Athletic Commission.
But the sticking point still looks certain to be money. McGregor has said he wants $100m for the fight – a similar amount to the sum Mayweather made when he fought Manny Pacquiao in May 2015. So far, the only concrete offer has come from UFC president Dana White, who offered both men $25mil
In retort, Mayweather described White as a “fucking comedian”.