Floyd Mayweather's latest comments about Conor McGregor were completely out of character
Theirs was the heralded super-fight that, in reality, was never within a country mile of ever materialising, but that hasn’t precluded Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor from continuing to dangle that imaginary carrot.
At the promotional press conference for UFC 205 in New York on Tuesday night, Conor McGregor was asked who would be a fitting opponent in the event he dethrones Eddie Alvarez as the lightweight champion at Madison Square Garden on November 12.
His response was nothing if not typical.
“I’m looking around, I don’t know what anyone else has for me around here. I might have to jump up, drag Floyd Mayweather out of bed and see what he’s at again.”
Indeed, should McGregor unseat Alvarez, he will become the first fighter in UFC history to simultaneously lord over two divisions.
That said, Alvarez, a formidable and well-versed veteran, is unlikely to go quietly into the night, but McGregor was hardly going to admit as much when there were psychological blows to be scored.
Were McGregor and Mayweather to actually square-off, there is no question that it would make for one of the greatest ever spectacles in combat sports.
But here’s the thing, Dana White, the UFC president, is in receipt of the Dubliner’s promotional rights, and would insist the bout take place under his banner, but Mayweather is a well-established promoter in his own right, and the possibility of the two reaching a favourable agreement is pretty remote.
Talking to TMZ, Mayweather, who retired from boxing with a perfect 49-0 record, admitted as much.
"Within my company, I'm the boss," he said. "I call the shots. I think that the fight is very difficult to make. I tried to make that before, it didn't happen but you live and you learn."
Many have compared McGregor to Mayweather, what with his penchant for the braggadocio and obsession with wealth and all its trappings.
If McGregor has tried to replicate his schtick, that’s completely fine by Mayweather.
"If he did take anything from me, if he did steal my blueprint then, I think it's a good thing. I think he's a hell of a fighter.”
While some within the boxing brethren have derided MMA fighters’ grasp of the sweet science, Mayweather claimed to be suitably impressed by the Crumlin man’s pugilistic prowess.
"He can fight. He can box real good. As far as stand up, he's very good at standing up fighting. Everyone is asking me ‘are we going to fight' and I just don't know."
Mayweather is currently enjoying life as a promoter but the potential of an appropriate windfall, presumably from taking on McGregor, could coax him back into the ring.
"I'm loving retirement, but for a couple more bucks you just don't know."