Friday 20 July 2018

Conor McGregor makes his position clear on rumours of an MMA fight with Floyd Mayweather

Conor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather trade punches during their fight in Las Vegas
in August. Photo: Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile
Conor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather trade punches during their fight in Las Vegas in August. Photo: Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile
Kevin Palmer

Kevin Palmer

A potential MMA contest between Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor has been rumoured to be under negotiation in recent weeks, but those rumours have now been brought to an end.

Mayweather posted a video hinting he would be interesting in fighting McGregor in an octagon at some point in 2018, after the duo squared off in a boxing contest last August that generated record breaking sums of cash for both fighters.

There were widely reported rumours that an MMA battle may now follow, but Mayweather confirmed he has no intention to fight again in any sport and McGregor welcomed that news in an Instagram post:

"I am happy for Floyd and his recent announcement that he is out of these current fight negotiations," declared the Irishman.

"It is the reason I never seeked the rematch in the first place. I was happy for him in retirement. My game is a very unforgiving one. It is not like other games.

"I understand completely him staying retired. I will now carry on in my negotiations and see where it goes."

He finished with a cheeky dig at his former rival stating: "Have a great retirement Junior. Now come here and give your old man a hug for old times sake. I'm proud of you son. Yours truly, Senior."

The comments from McGregor end one possible route for him to return to MMA, with doubts over his future lingering after his life-changing payday in his boxing debut against Mayweather last year.

More than a few fight fans may breath a sigh of relief that we won't have another Mayweather v McGregor circus added to the sporting diaries after all.

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