Tuesday 24 January 2017

McGregor fuels Mayweather rumours as he gets boxing licence

Published 02/12/2016 | 02:30

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

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.

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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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