Updated: Dana White Denies, But Reports Indicate Ridiculous Mayweather-McGregor Match “Close” To Being Made
Breaking: Reports Indicate Ridiculous Mayweather-McGregor Match “Close” To Being Made
By: Sean Crose
Word is out that Floyd Mayweather is close to reaching an agreement with MMA star Conor McGregor to meet in a boxing ring. At least one Irish paper has reported on the rumor. So has Yahoo’s Kevin Iole. So has ESPNs Stephen A Smith. Indeed, Smith spoke with Mayweather himself, who claimed the bout is “close” to being done. Nothing, however, is official at this point.
However, Dana White indicated to TMZ Sports that the reports are not true.
With that in mind, I’ve reached out to McGregor’s gym in Ireland, as well as the man’s management. As of this writing, no confirmation or denial of these rumors has been forthcoming. Boxing Insider will update if and when further information becomes available.
What makes a potential Mayweather-McGregor boxing match unique is the fact that it is a blatant and open money grab on the part of everyone involved – save perhaps for the hyper confident McGregor – who, by the way, has never boxed professionally in his life. There’s essentially no two ways to look at this. It’s a novelty act, after all, and nothing, not even a stunning McGregor upset win, will change that. Hopefully the fight, should it be made, won’t be promoted as a serious endeavor.
Mayweather has proven to be a massively lucrative money earner in the past decade. Not so much so McGregor, but then again, the UFC, who McGregor fights for, doesn’t pay big stars the way boxing does. McGregor is enormously popular at the moment, though, and there’s little doubt this circus would bring in lots of attention and revenue.