Don’t pay too much attention to talk about a rematch between Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor just yet. It’s long been assumed that there could be a follow-up to their first fight, but it has already been two and a half years since Mayweather stopped McGregor in the 10th round in August 2017.
Mayweather hasn’t boxed in a real match since their matchup and McGregor has been focused on his MMA career, losing to Khabib Nurmagomedov in his bid for the UFC lightweight championship in October 2018 and beating Donald Cerrone by TKO last month
Money is driving speculation about a rematch
Boxing champion Floyd Mayweather says he is ready to come out of retirement at age 43 for another bout against Conor McGregor. Beating McGregor raised his professional record to 50-0 and he hasn’t dabbled in any combat since other than an exhibition bout against Japanese kick-boxer Tenshin Nasukawa.
Mayweather is scheduled to make some appearances in Europe and was asked whether the trip would include any time in Ireland, which is McGregor’s native land.
“Man if they pay I’m there to play,” Mayweather told TMZ Sports. And then he couldn’t resist adding that he would be happy to beat McGregor again if the money happened to be right.
Considering that their first meeting in the ring generated 4.3 million pay-per-view purchases and made both fighters quite wealthy, there’s the obvious prospect of another pile of money landing in both men’s laps.
Would Conor McGregor take on another big-name boxer?
Conor McGregor is expected to sign for at least one and probably two more MMA fights this year. He’s already worn the UFC featherweight and lightweight championship belts and might aspire to take a crack at more welterweights or put himself in position for another lightweight title bout.
Even as he studies his MMA path, McGregor has reportedly been discussing a return to the boxing ring. He recognizes a rematch with Floyd Mayweather as a logical option, but another recent report says McGregor has also considering a fight with Manny Pacquiao.
The 41-year-old Filipino lost a unanimous decision to Mayweather in May 2015 and has fought six times since despite becoming immersed in politics in his homeland. He is considered potentially more dangerous for McGregor and also a bigger payday because the Irish star would be the bigger name.
For what it’s worth, McGregor and Pacquiao share the same management company.
Could Floyd Mayweather pull off two fights in one day?
If Conor McGregor really is considering a schedule involving two sports over approximately 18 months, Floyd Mayweather is prepared to one-up him by bringing MMA stars into the ring with him twice in one day.
The boxer’s uncle says talks have been held with UFC president Dana White broaching the possibility of fighting McGregor and Khabib Nurmagomedov on the same day.
The outlandish idea would be set up as a day-night doubleheader, raising the possibility of separate purchases at the box office and two pay-per-view buys with a combined price greater than the $79.99 price on the recent heavyweight fight between Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder.