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Floyd Mayweather Provides Update On The Possibility Of Conor McGregor Match-Up
Seamus Raftery September 18, 2016 1,469 Views
In recent weeks, there has been renewed talk of a Floyd Mayweather Jr. comeback.
As usual, it was the business savvy fighter himself that prompted the murmurings. The stimulus was an Instagram post in which Mayweather could be seen skipping like a man possessed. The accompanying text read; Hard Work and Dedication. How far are you willing to push yourself to get to the top and stay at the top?
It may have been nothing at all, but people read into these things. Floyd is keenly aware of that fact and he likes to get people talking about him.
But if boxing’s all-time Pay-per-view king did return, who would be chosen as the potential 50th victim of Mayweather’s illustrious career? One of the plethora of talented young welterweights currently dotting the landscape? Perhaps old foe Manny Pacquiao. Or another former rival, Saul Alvarez. Maybe Mayweather would land into the MGM Grand Garden Arena on the back of a flying pig and face Kazakh puncher Gennady Golovkin.
There is of course another interesting option, one that has been discussed at length since the spring – a showdown with UFC featherweight champion Conor McGregor.
When the idea of that fight was first brought up, knowledgeable observers wrote it off as mere fantasy, but as the days and weeks passed, even the most seasoned of cynics began to talk about it with just a hint of uncertainty.
However, just as suddenly as the story came into our lives, it seems that the possibility of the bout as been whipped from the table.
In a recent interview with FightHype, Mayweather was once again asked about McGregor and the chances of a mega-fight with ‘The Notorious’ coming to fruition. His answer was one that we knew deep down was coming since the very beginning.
“I tried to make the fight happen,” began ‘Money May’. “We wasn’t able to make the fight happen(sic). So we must move on.”
Of course, Floyd didn’t leave it at that. Not when there was an opportunity for the tooting of his own horn.
Since the Mayweather/McGregor angle began, a whole host of boxers have offered to fight the SBG product or called him out in some way. Most would prefer the Irishman to step out of his world and into theirs, but some claimed that they would be willing to face McGregor inside the octagon. During an interview with The Sun, Amir Khan proposed a two-fight deal, which would see him face the UFC’s cash cow in both a boxing match and an MMA bout.
Khan has pursued a cross-code clash with more vigour than anyone else.
Amazing fight @TheNotoriousMMA Showed true heart/balls and guts. Well done, have a good rest. See you soon. Call me, we need to talk ?
— Amir Khan (@amirkingkhan) August 21, 2016
Floyd has taken notice.
“Now you got so many other fighters in boxing that want to fight Conor McGregor, but I was the first, once again,” said Mayweather.
“I feel honored to be the biggest name in MMA and in boxing and I don’t even compete no more.”
The artist formerly known as ‘Pretty Boy’ is certainly capable of generating interest and talk, but few would support that last statement with the unwavering confidence that they could have a year or so ago.