Throughout the course of 2017, conflicting reports have continued to emerge that UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor has reached a deal for a Floyd Mayweather superfight in the boxing ring.
To kick off the year, Mayweather offered McGregor $15 million for a boxing match, which resulted in UFC President Dana White firing back with a counteroffer, stating that he would be willing to give Mayweather $25 million for a boxing match. Mayweather of course laughed at White’s offer, and called the UFC President a comedian. This was following by a pay-per view interview from McGregor, where the lightweight champ stated that he and Mayweather needed to sit down in a room and negotiate terms for a fight. Just weeks following McGregor’s interview, reports surfaced that Mayweather and McGregor had reportedly reached a deal.
While fight fans were quick to jump on the news, both Mayweather and UFC President Dana White were quick to shut down the reports, stating that no deal had been reached between between McGregor and Mayweather.
Now, McGregor’s manager, Audie Attar is encouraged by progressive talks. He spoke to FightHub:
“It started with Floyd talking, right? And now it’s evolved to the UFC making offers. So it feels more real now than it ever has. That then makes it a very, very intriguing and interesting business opportunity, and athletic opportunity for Conor. So we’re excited. Hopefully it comes to fruition.”
“I think people are sleeping on Conor’s power. Again, Floyd is super experienced, you’re going into his domain. But Conor’s counter-striking, his timing, and his power…Floyd’s never faced anyone with his reach. So as a fan, I’m excited to see that. With the bigger gloves, I don’t think Conor is going to get knocked out. But I do believe he has a chance of knocking Floyd out.”
“I think it’s a great start. It’s great that he’s interested, and happy to hear that. So we’re looking forward to seeing how that develops, and we’ll go from there.”
This article first appeared on BJPenn.com on 2/15/2017.