Floyd Mayweather Sr confirms talks of fight with Conor McGregor
Maybe the rumors of a fight between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Conor McGregor aren’t quite as far-fetched as initially believed.
British outlet The Sun reported on Friday that Mayweather and McGregor were going to fight against each other in a boxing match this summer. UFC boss Dana White dismissed the report as false and said it was just a tabloid story. But Floyd’s father, Floyd Mayweather Sr., said in an interview Friday that his son has talked about fighting an MMA fighter who was later mentioned as McGregor.
“He had told me the other day that he’s going to take another fight,” Mayweather Sr. said about Floyd Jr. “He told me it’s (against) some kind of MMA fighter.”
Mayweather Sr. didn’t seem to know all the details surrounding the potential fight, saying he had heard it would be in the boxing discipline rather than MMA. Though he thinks his son needs to get back in the habit of training more, he does think such a fight will happen soon.
“Pretty sure it’s gonna come around real soon. Won’t be that long.”
The potential fight between Mayweather and McGregor reportedly was going to pay Floyd £100 million and McGregor £7 million.
McGregor has been in a dispute with the UFC allegedly over the promotion for his rematch with Nate Diaz at UFC 200. The UFC pulled McGregor from the fight, leaving the Irishman to talk about retiring. One report even said that McGregor was in a pay dispute with the UFC.
Mayweather has not fought since beating Andre Berto in September in what he said was his final fight. That fight completed Floyd’s six-fight contract with CBS/Showtime, meaning another bout would require a new deal. There have also been recent signs such as these that Mayweather would be fighting again.