This game of cat and mouse between Conor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather may never end and it’s turning into the most confusing soap opera in sports.
Mayweather reportedly told ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith at the Golden State Warriors and Oklahoma City Thunder game over the weekend that they are “getting very, very close” to making the superfight happen. The timing seemed to add up since McGregor arrived in Las Vegas on Monday to presumably meet up with Mayweather and hammer out the details once he was done doing business with the Nevada State Athletic Commission.
Not long after the story went live, UFC president Dana White texted ESPN’s Brett Okamoto to shoot that down, saying that “no deal is even close to being done.” Mayweather then killed the rumors himself by telling his Instagram followers “there has been no deals made on my behalf in regards to a bout with any fighter at this time” and that he is “happily retired and enjoying my life.”
McGregor’s response? “I am in Las Vegas. Floyd has retired on my arrival.”
I am in Las Vegas. Floyd has retired on my arrival. pic.twitter.com/z9EcxBJaDr
— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) February 15, 2017
Mayweather took to Instagram yet again on Wednesday morning to address McGregor’s comments, telling McGregor he needs to take care of his business with the UFC and then “have your people get in touch with my people.” Even though the money and egos involved seem to be the perfect combination for this fight to happen, this is just another example of why it might actually be too good to be true.
If this fight never happens, at least we’ll always have them duking it out Mike Tyson’s Punch-Out!! style.