Saturday 16 December 2017

'Money' fight odds cut as McGregor gets boxing licence

Conor McGregor has been granted a boxing license Photo: David Fitzgerald/Sportsfile
Conor McGregor has been granted a boxing license Photo: David Fitzgerald/Sportsfile

Tom Rooney

Four days after the UFC stripped Conor McGregor of his featherweight title, the California State Athletic Commission announced that the Dubliner has been granted a boxing licence.

McGregor, who became the first UFC fighter to hold a title in two divisions after dethroning Eddie Alvarez in a lightweight title bout last month, has made no public statements regarding the loss of his title or his intentions to box in California.

Since defeating Alvarez with such a dominant performance, McGregor has admitted that he will take a break from the Octagon to pursue other interests, as well as prepare for the arrival of his first child.

However, the odds of a much-mooted but still highly unlikely super-fight with Floyd Mayweather Jr have significantly shortened.

The Crumlin man and 'Money' Mayweather, who won multiple world titles and retired with a 49-0 record, have used the American media to sling insults at each other, but until now, that's as far as things have gone.

Were the bout to materialise, it would most likely have to be in Las Vegas - the base of Mayweather's operations and the fight capital of the world - which would be a problem for McGregor.

The Las Vegas Review Journal received confirmation from the Nevada State Athletic Commission that McGregor has applied for a boxing licence there, but he still owes the body a $75,000 fine and community service after he was sanctioned for throwing bottles and cans at Nate Diaz during a press conference before their rematch in August.

One other potential problem for the fight though is that Mayweather, should he come out of retirement, would look to box only on the Mexican holidays of Cinco de Mayo and Mexican Independence Day in order to maximise the saleability of the bout, as he has done for a number of years.

With McGregor and partner Dee Devlin expecting their first child in May, and the Cinco de Mayo weekend falling on the May 5-7 next year, any fight between the two may have to wait until September.

Irish Independent

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