The most talked-about fight in the colliding combat sports worlds of boxing and mixed martial arts could finally be happening. Per The Irish Sun, Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Conor McGregor have come to terms on a proposed boxing match.
The terms and date haven’t been officially announced because of a “third-party hold up,” but according to The Sun, a source close to the Straight Blast Gym (the gym where McGregor trained) the two combatants have ironed out their fees.
McGregor attained his boxing license late last year and is reportedly in the process of resolving his issues with the Nevada State Athletic Commission. He had been fined for a pre-fight incident with Nate Diaz where the 28-year-old Irishman threw a bottle of water.
According to reports, McGregor will satisfy his obligation to the commission by flying to the United States to film an anti-bullying spot for children. This was likely necessary as Mayweather almost always insists upon fighting in Las Vegas.
That should answer any questions about who is the A-side in these negotiations.
McGregor canceled an engagement at The Red Cow Moran Hotel. The hotel posted this message on their website:
“The Red Cow Moran Hotel in association with Industry Entertainment regret to announce that the evening event with Conor McGregor scheduled for Friday 17th February has been canceled due to circumstances beyond their control. An unavoidable schedule change will see Conor McGregor in Las Vegas at the time of the event.”
Mayweather tied Rocky Marciano’s legendary 49-0 mark with a victory over Andre Berto in September 2015. He retired after that bout and he has repeatedly claimed to be happy in his retirement. However, he has helped to keep rumors of a bout with McGregor afloat as The Notorious One has enjoyed a meteoric rise in the world of MMA.
The aforementioned “third-party holdup” could be UFC President Dana White. He has said a fight between McGregor and Mayweather would not happen as the former is under contract for four more fights.
White implied there would be consequences if McGregor moved forward with this bout without the UFC’s permission. White made a less than realistic offer of $25 million to Mayweather in January, but most knew this wasn’t a realistic attempt to get the fight made.
Mayweather and McGregor may have moved on in the negotiations without White and the UFC’s approval. If that’s the case, there could be even more drama forthcoming if McGregor has to battle Mayweather in the ring and the UFC in court.