A rematch between Conor Mcgregor and Floyd Mayweather might be on the horizon. As reports suggest, a verbal agreement is already done between the parties.
According to The Sun, Mayweather and his camp have offered $158 million to “The Notorious” McGregor for the match. The Irish superstar is reported to have given his verbal consent for the potential rematch.
“The deal is very close to being done. Personal terms have been agreed on by both parties,” sources informed The Sun. The fight is proposed to go down in the Middle East somewhere around March next year with the Gervonta Davis and Ryan Garcia fight as the co-main event.
Some details regarding the fight still need finalizing like the weight class, the number of rounds, and whether it will be an exhibition fight or an official one. The UFC star, McGregor reportedly asked for 10 rounds instead of the traditional 12. Whether the fight can be contested at lightweight is also up to question as The Irishman bulked up massively since recovering from the injury he sustained in his last fight against Dustin Poirier.
“There are arguments about the rounds at the moment with Connor’s team wanting 10 rounds. But the deal and rights are certainly getting there,” said the sources. “Connor will only take the fight providing Floyd is willing to put his professional record on the line – so the fight will not be an exhibition, it will be an official fight.”
However, the biggest hurdle to making the fight official is the UFC and McGregor’s contractual obligation to them. Unlike last time, when UFC president Dana White was over the top with the idea of 2 of combat sport’s biggest icons fighting, White completely rebuked the rumor this time. “it’s total bulls–t,” stated Dana when asked to reflect on the potential fight by TMZ Sports.
The first fight between Mayweather and Mcgregor happened almost 5 years ago in 2017. It made history as the largest combat sports pay-per-view ever, second only to the Pacquiao- Mayweather fight. Conor McGregor, going up against arguably the greatest boxer of all time, in his first professional boxing fight put up a good resistance but was TKO’ed in the 10th round by Floyd. Since then “The Notorious” has returned to mixed martial arts, but barely found any success with 1 win in 4 MMA fights.
Mayweather, on the contrary, has not fought in any professional fight since the boxing legend’s matchup against McGregor in 2017. He, however, did fight in 2 exhibition bouts against the Social media sensation Logan Paul and Japanese kickboxer Tenshin Nasukawa. As per the news, “Money” Mayweather is considering his return to pro-fight as the “end of the Mayweather era and the beginning of the Gervonta Davis era.”
With the grandest icons of boxing and MMA potentially facing each other again, the world of combat sports is waiting eagerly to see whether the Mayweather-McGregor rematch eventually materializes or not.