Speculation about the proposed Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor bout continues to rage on.
Both fighters have made it clear that they want what could potentially be the most profitable combat sports event in history to go ahead. Speaking at a Q&A event in Manchester last month, McGregor reaffirmed his commitment to getting a deal done with Mayweather saying that he sees it as the next move for him in his career.
“I have my eyes on one thing, and that’s Floyd Mayweather,” McGregor said. “Me and Floyd have got together and figure it out the same way him and Manny [Pacquiao] figured it out. Once we come to a set number that I’m happy with, he’s happy with, then we go to the customers, we go to the promoters, the buyers. And then we get it done.
“That fight is more than just being explored. That fight’s been in the works for a while now. There’s a lot of steps to get done, there’s a lot of things to get done, but it’s the fight to make.
“A guy said to me, ‘why conquer one world when you can conquer two?’ So I’m going to conquer two.”
The boxing ring has always been Mayweather’s place of business but, according to UFC fighter and analyst Dan Hardy, a fight between the two taking place in a boxing ring is the only chance that the 49-0 boxer has at getting his hand raised. In a true fight, Hardy says that McGregor would be successful every time.
“Mayweather doesn’t beat anybody in the top 50 in mixed martial arts, in any weight class”, Hardy said in an interview with SquareMile.com.
“In a boxing match, Mayweather is probably the best technical boxer in the world, and I don’t see any boxer being able to hang with him under boxing rules. But if we’re talking about fighting, actual knuckles banging, and we’re talking about who’s going to win a fight, Mayweather loses to every fighter in the UFC roster.”