Finally, the rumors can be put to rest.
Floyd Mayweather Jr. gave perhaps the clearest indication yet that a potential superfight between him and UFC featherweight champion Conor McGregor won’t be happening anytime soon.
“I tried to make the fight happen between me and Conor McGregor,” Mayweather recently told FightHype.com. “We wasn’t able to make the fight happen, so we must move on.”
A fight between Mayweather and McGregor always seemed like a long shot based on the number of hoops they’d need to jump through. They’d have to agree on the rules — presumably, it’d be a boxing match — and the financial particulars, let alone the fact McGregor is under contract with UFC, and the idea seemingly never gained much traction outside of media chatter about what it’d be like to see the biggest star in boxing face the biggest star in mixed martial arts.
But still, it was an intriguing concept, especially since the fight likely would have shattered pay-per-view records given each combatant’s star power and the novelty of an MMA fighter stepping into the ring to face a boxer of Mayweather’s caliber.
Mayweather is right. It’s time to move on. But it won’t be easy after both fighters left open the possibility of such a unique showdown actually happening for so long.
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