In an article on USAToday.com, Floyd Mayweather Jr. put the pressure back on Conor McGregor regarding the possibility of a superfight between the two men.
On a publicity tour in England, the 40-year old Mayweather made the announcement that he is “coming out of retirement just to fight Conor McGregor.” The two men have gone back and forth for months now, teasing the possibility of a superfight between the undefeated boxing champion and the current UFC lightweight champion. This is the most serious the public talk – which at once seemed like a publicity stunt – has gotten.
The video was released on FightHype.com. Mayweather said:
“I don’t want to hear no more excuses about the money, about the UFC. Sign the paper with the UFC so you can fight me in June. Simple and plain, let’s fight in June. You’re the B side. I’m the A side. We’re not here to cry about money. I’m tired of all this crying about money and saying you want to fight. You’re blowing smoke up everyone’s ass, if you want to fight, sign the paperwork.”
While this is the most serious the possibility of this superfight happening has gotten, there are still a lot of hurdles to overcome. McGregor and Mayweather likely are still far apart on money, among other things. The June date would coincide with McGregor returning from hiatus as he awaits for the birth of his first child. It’s clear now with Mayweather’s words that he has put the pressure back on UFC and McGregor to work out a deal if indeed they want to go through with the fight.
We will certainly keep an eye on this story as it continues to move forward.