Great – or, alternatively, bad – news, fight fans: Conor McGregor is set to go one-on-one with Floyd Mayweather. Maybe.
According to England’s The Sun, the UFC Featherweight Champion and the undefeated (though retired) five-division world champ “are on the verge of agreeing to the richest fight in boxing history,” a megabrawl supposedly set for this summer in Las Vegas – you know, the site of UFC 200. The newspaper reports that Mayweather will earn £100 million (or $144 million U.S.), while McGregor will take home £7 million (just over $10 million U.S.) for stepping inside the ring.
Of course, none of this has actually been confirmed, with The Sun citing an anonymous source who says both men just need to agree on the fight purse and sign all the paperwork to make the bout official. An announcement is supposedly set to be made in the coming weeks.
“Floyd went mad after Conor said he would crush him and knock him out in 30 seconds. He’s obsessed with making Conor eat his words,” the source added. “[The fight] was agreed [to] in principle on May 2, but Floyd wouldn’t reveal the identity of his opponent until last night, when he told friends he’ll be fighting McGregor.”
Earlier this year, McGregor challenged Mayweather to a fight, after Money gave an interview in which he (very accurately) noted that the media praised the Irishman’s smack-talking ways, while simultaneously calling him “cocky and arrogant” for doing the same thing.
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“[It’s] so biased,” Mayweather said. “All I’m saying is this: I ain’t racist at all, but I’m telling you racism still exists.”
“Floyd…don’t ever bring race into my success again,” McGregor shot back on Instagram. “I am an Irishman. My people have been oppressed our entire existence. And still very much are. I understand the feeling of prejudice. It is a feeling that is deep in my blood.”
McGregor had also previously claimed he would “dismantle” Mayweather if the two ever met inside a ring. Now, it would seem he’ll finally get his shot.
Or maybe not, because there are still plenty of questions about the proposed bout between the two: Like, for example, will UFC allow McGregor to compete? What’s happened to his proposed rematch with Nate Diaz, which was set for UFC 200 before McGregor balked at the promotional schedule for the event and was summarily removed by UFC president Dana White? Why would Mac agree to fight Mayweather in a boxing match? And isn’t Floyd retired anyway?
Neither man has made mention of the fight on social media, and a spokesperson for UFC did not respond to Rolling Stone‘s request for comment on the matter by press time.