Will Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Conor McGregor lock horns one more time?
Earlier this year, Mayweather and UFC president Dana White said they were in talks for the boxing legend to compete inside the Octagon. Talks have cooled down on that front, but that hasn’t kept Mayweather from bringing up the UFC.
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Last week, Mayweather extended an invitation to McGregor to use his gym ahead of his return fight against lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov at UFC 229. McGregor released an expletive-laden statement in declining the offer. One man thinks the back-and-forth between the two combat sports stars is planting seeds for a rematch in the boxing ring.
“I’m just saying, I think they’re gonna fight the same way (in the boxing ring),” Mayweather’s father and trainer Floyd Mayweather Sr. told reporter Helen Yee. “I think Conor McGregor wants that win back that he had, which is never coming back to him anyways. It’s being talked about and it sounds like a lot of interest is in it right now.
“It sounds like [Floyd’s] going to fight again, and Conor McGregor, he wants to fight again. Even though he don’t want to fight again, but he’ll fight again just to show his people what he can do — which is nothing.”
Mayweather beat McGregor by 10th-round TKO in what ended up being the second-highest grossing fight in boxing history. If his son does face McGregor one more time, Mayweather Sr. feels the result will be worse than what happened a little over a year ago.
“This time here, I’m gonna make sure that he gets stretched out,” Floyd Sr. said. “All the way out of the game. I want to make sure he don’t come back no more.”
Before talks of a Mayweather rematch can begin, UFC 229 takes place on Oct. 6 from T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. The fight with Nurmagomedov marks McGregor’s return after being away from the cage for nearly two years.