Floyd Mayweather Jr just turned 40 years-old and it seems that the legendary boxer’s birthday wish was to compete against Conor McGregor in the squared circle.
“I’m here to say today, 2-24 on my birthday, they keep throwing the Conor McGregor name out there,” McGregor said during an interview on Showtime. “Conor McGregor, like I said before, I’m here let’s make it happen.
“Let’s make the fight happen. Let’s give the fans what they want to see. There’s only one fight out there that’s important and that’s Mayweather and Conor McGregor.”
Mayweather went on to talk up McGregor’s chances if they did fight, praising his striking skills and punching power.
“I mean cause every time Conor McGregor goes out there and compete and win, he do it standing up,” Mayweather said. “When Conor McGregor did lose, he lost on the ground. He didn’t lose standing up. So he’s a hell of a fighter and a very, very tough competitor and he has the will to win.
“The UFC gloves is no different from boxing gloves, they just a little bit smaller but if a guy got power, he got power and Conor McGregor got power.”
The 49-0 boxer then went on to address the elephant in the room – the fact that McGregor is still under an exclusive contract with the UFC for the next four fights.
“He has to get his thing in order with his team. Once Conor McGregor speaks with the UFC and his bosses, and then we can make it happen. Because we already know that Floyd Mayweather is his own boss. We’ve got Showtime [pay-per-view], Mayweather Promotions, which is the past and present and the future of sports and entertainment.”
That’s likely to be easier said than done however, as UFC president Dana White stated in a separate interview with TMZ Sports yesterday that he expects ‘The Notorious’ to be defending his lightweight title next.
“I expect his next fight to be in the UFC in mixed martial arts,” White said. “It will be the winner of Khabib (Nurmagomedov) and (Tony) Ferguson.”
White was aso dismissive when asked where things were with negotiations for McGregor Vs Mayweather, stating that, “I don’t know where we’re at. We’re nowhere with it. We’re nowhere.”