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Monday, February 20, 2017

Boxing

Conor McGregor trolls Floyd Mayweather on Twitter, Instagram

Conor McGregor

The same day that buzz circulated about a potential Conor McGregor-Floyd Mayweather Jr. fight being close to happening, the UFC star decided to troll his boxing counterpart.

McGregor sent this tweet on Tuesday evening saying he was in Las Vegas and that Mayweather “retired” upon his arrival:

He posted the same thing on Instagram. That seems to be his way of saying Mayweather is scared of him. It’s also a troll job of Mayweather because Floyd took a similar photo years ago.

A report on Tuesday said that a fight between the men had been agreed upon, but there was one holdup. A follow-up report said the fight was “very close” to happening.

Naturally, as is Mayweather’s habit, he feeds the buzz and gets everyone hyped for a fight, and then he throws cold water on all the rumors (seen here).

One serious roadblock for a fight between them is McGregor’s contract with the UFC. UFC boss Dana White said that a fight is not even close to happening between McGregor and the undefeated but retired boxer.

While some could interpret McGregor’s presence in Las Vegas as even bigger of a sign that he is ready for a fight with Mayweather, he is actually there for his appeal of a water bottle incident before UFC 202 that resulted in a fine from the Nevada State Athletic Commission.

Floyd Mayweather on Twitter shoots down fight rumor

Floyd Mayweather conor Mcgregor

Floyd Mayweather Jr. went on Twitter Tuesday to shoot down a rumor that he is close to reaching an agreement to fight Conor McGregor.

Here’s the note sent from Mayweather’s account:

A report from The Sun that circulated on Tuesday said the two sides had agreed on a deal but were waiting on a third party that’s holding things up (likely the UFC). The speculation was kicked into a new gear when Stephen A. Smith said the fight was very close to happening.

Long seen as a publicity ploy from both sides to generate buzz, it now seems that a crossover boxing match is very much a possibility. McGregor facing Mayweather in his first career professional boxing fight sure would be a big stretch for him.

Floyd Mayweather told Stephen A. Smith fight with Conor McGregor is ‘very close’

Shortly after a report surfaced on Tuesday claiming Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Conor McGregor have come to a financial agreement for a potential fight, ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith fueled the speculation even further.

Smith said on “First Take” Tuesday that he spoke with Mayweather over the weekend at the Golden State Warriors-Oklahoma City Thunder game, and Floyd claimed a bout between him and McGregor is “very close” to happening.

“It’s not finalized. There are details to be worked out. He did not confirm that a deal has been done as of yet, but he had a smile on his face and he said, ‘We’re getting there. We’re getting very very close,'” Smith said. “He believes he has the potential to make even more money than he made fighting (Manny) Pacquiao.”

Money is obviously a huge part of negotiations, especially when dealing with Mayweather. While Floyd has made it clear that he would not agree to anything close to a 50-50 split with McGregor, Smith said the undefeated boxer is “excited” about McGregor’s marketability.

“Floyd is all about business. His whole thing is that it has to be the right deal business-wise and has to be worth his time,” Smith added. “McGregor can market himself. Floyd usually has to market his fights, because with the guys he fought against he had to do all the talking and the promoting. He won’t have to do that with McGregor and he knows it. That part has him excited from a business perspective.”

According to The Sun, Mayweather and McGregor have worked out the financial parameters of the fight. But the Irishman would need permission from the UFC to be let out of his contract for an unprecedented cross-sport fight, and there have been no indications that UFC president Dana White is going to make that easy for his biggest star.

McGregor has already made some outlandish demands about how much money he wants to be guaranteed, but those were likely the starting point in his negotiations. In reality, he needs the fight more than Mayweather. Both men have plenty of money, but McGregor has never seen anything close to the type of money he could make by fighting Floyd.

Report: Floyd Mayweather, Conor McGregor reach agreement for fight

Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Conor McGregor have reportedly taken a huge step toward actually getting in the ring together.

According to The Sun, McGregor flew to the United States on Monday to work out a deal with Mayweather for a fight. The agreement has not been formally signed because of a “third party hold-up,” but both Conor and Floyd are said to have outlined the financial terms of the bout.

A source close to the Straight Blast Gym star told the Irish Sun: “Conor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather have agreed a deal to fight and have both settled on their respective fees.

“The contract hasn’t officially been signed yet because of a third party hold-up but all the details have all been agreed on.

“The fight could even be announced within two weeks.”

The third party hold-up likely has to do with the UFC. Because of his current contract, McGregor would need UFC’s permission to be able to fight Mayweather. UFC president Dana White made a formal offer to both McGregor and Mayweather last month, but Floyd understandably laughed it off.

Even if McGregor and Mayweather have come to a financial agreement (which seems unlikely considering the outlandish demands McGregor has made), there would still be a long way to go. We heard for years that Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao had agreed to a fight before it actually happened, and that was because there were a number of obstacles to overcome. There are even more with McGregor and Mayweather.

Kell Brook, Amir Khan trade Twitter trash talk over fight

Amir Khan

Kell Brook and Amir Khan have been trading trash talk on Twitter the past few days about whether or not they will fight.

Khan said in a recent interview that he offered to fight Brook but that Brook is passing up the opportunity. Brook countered on Twitter saying that is not the case.

The issue here is money. Brook is a title holder and wants closer to a 50/50 split rather than the 70/30 Khan is offering. Brook’s promoter said as much publicly:

Brook then came back on Wednesday and said it should be the winner getting the larger stake:

We’ll see whether the two sides agree to a match. Khan is 31-4 and has not fought since losing to Canelo Alvarez last May. Brook is 36-1, with his only defeat coming at the hands of GGG in September.

Oscar De La Hoya reportedly arrested for DUI

Oscar De La Hoya was arrested for driving while under the influence in California Tuesday night, according to a report.

Law enforcement sources told TMZ that De La Hoya was pulled over for speeding in a Land Rover at around 2 a.m. in Pasadena. Officers suspected he had been drinking, and the 43-year-old reportedly “bombed a series of field sobriety tests” before being arrested for DUI.

De La Hoya has had well-publicized struggles with drug and alcohol addiction in the past, and he has been to rehab multiple times. He went to rehab in 2013 not long after Floyd Mayweather Jr. took a cruel shot at the former champion on social media.

De La Hoya had a record of 39-6 in his boxing career, which ended in 2008. He is still heavily involved with the sport and represents Canelo Alvarez and other fighters through his promotion company Golden Boy Promotions.

Photo: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Floyd Mayweather won $25,000 on Falcons thanks to first half performance

Floyd Mayweather is living up to his nickname and earning a pretty penny on Sunday’s NFC Championship action.

The former boxer took the Atlanta Falcons and the -3.5 spread in the first half, putting $30,000 on that outcome. He was richly rewarded when the team took a 24-0 lead into the locker room.

The man earned the reputation for a reason. It’s things like this, after all, that enable him to brag about his bank account. No wonder he doesn’t think he needs the $25 million on offer to fight Conor McGregor. He’s doing just fine on his own, with a little assistance from the Falcons.

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