Yesterday, the fight world was abuzz with reports that UFC superstar Conor McGregor and retired boxing legend Floyd Mayweather Jr were in talks to set up a historic super-fight in the ring this summer.
According to the Sun‘s report on Friday, the bout is just weeks away from being confirmed, with big money being discussed (£7 million for McGregor and an insane £100m for ‘Money’ Mayweather), and contracts are on the verge of being signed.
However, insiders have already dismissed the story as false.
According to the Mirror, a source inside the McGregor camp confirmed that Conor has no plans to step into the boxing ring and he’s actually talking to the UFC about a potential return date.
The source reportedly said:
[They] are talking about both events, UFC 201 and UFC 202 with the UFC right now, but nothing’s in stone.
Whether McGregor would fight Nate Diaz in the rematch he is ‘obsessed’ with, or take on the winner of UFC 200’s Frankie Edgar vs José Aldo interim featherweight title match, however, is unclear.
Furthermore, MMA Fighting journalist (generally the accepted ‘man in the know’ on these things) Ariel Helwani quickly dismissed the McGregor vs Mayweather super-fight reports shortly after the news broke.
Writing on Twitter, Helwani described the story as ‘nonsense’.
Absolutely no truth to this McGregor-Mayweather story. I can't believe people are actually falling for this nonsense. … (Cont'd)
— Ariel Helwani (@arielhelwani) May 6, 2016
A) McGregor has a UFC contract. He can't just go fight Mayweather. And b) do you really think he would agree to those pay terms? C'mon now.
— Ariel Helwani (@arielhelwani) May 6, 2016Advertisement
Whether this was simply another ploy by McGregor to get more money for his next UFC bout, or just a false report, it definitely looks like we’ll be seeing the Irish MMA star competing inside the Octagon and not the boxing ring next time around.
Which is probably for the best.