Tuesday 23 May 2017

McGregor fuels Mayweather rumours as he gets boxing licence

UFC superstar Conor McGregor. Photo: Brian Lawless/PA Wire
UFC superstar Conor McGregor. Photo: Brian Lawless/PA Wire
Ger Keville

Ger Keville

UFC superstar Conor McGregor has reportedly been granted a boxing licence in California, as speculation of a possible match-up with Floyd Mayweather ramps up.

The Dublin UFC champ, who is expecting his first baby with his girlfriend Dee Devlin, last month became the first fighter to hold two UFC belts simultaneously.

The 28-year-old didn't hold them for long, however, as he vacated his featherweight crown this week. The belt was given to interim holder Jose Aldo, whom McGregor beat with a 13-second knockout in December last year.

Now the mixed martial artist could be headed for the boxing ring.

"He got a licence and a federal ID," California State Athletic Commission executive officer Andy Foster said. "He's a California boxer now. I'd love to see him fight in California. It just needs to be the right opponent. Certainly a high-level opponent."

The news will fuel rumours of a potential super-fight between McGregor and Mayweather.

"If the odds were good enough, I'd put a few quid on it for next year," McGregor's coach John Kavanagh said this week.

However, last night Mayweather's representatives dismissed the suggestion.

"It's all a game. It's all a calculated effort to gain more fans," Ellerbe said. "He got a boxing licence. Congratulations to him. Conor McGregor can say anything he wants to, but he has a boss and his name is [UFC president] Dana White. He is under contract to the UFC and if he wanted to fight Floyd Mayweather in a boxing match he can't because his bosses wouldn't allow that to happen."

The two have already sparred through the media over the past year. McGregor said recently he wanted $100m (€94m) to take on Mayweather in the boxing ring.

"Tell Floyd and Showtime, I'm coming. I want $100m cash to fight you under boxing rules 'cause he's afraid of a real fight," he said.

Mayweather, meanwhile, has said: "I'm an elephant, elephants don't beef with ants."

Irish Independent

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