After well over a year teasing that it may happen, it is now one step closer to becoming a reality. Conor McGregor, the UFC Lightweight Champion has singed a bout agreement to participate in a boxing match with superstar Floyd Mayweather. UFC President Dana White, who has had his issues and a bit of a strained relationship with his top-grossing fighter, confirmed the contract signing on of all places Inside the NBA on TNT.
"It is an honor to sign this record breaking deal alongside my partners Zuffa LLC, The Ultimate Fighting Championship and Paradigm Sports Management. Conor said in a statement.
" The McGregor side is done," White said Wednesday during an interview on "Inside the NBA" on TNT. "I'm starting to work on the Mayweather side now."
This will no doubt be a huge, huge fight in the combat sports world, with the vast majority believing Conor has zero chance to beat Mayweather. Floyd, career record 82-0, would be taking this fight as a payday for the most part, as he has nothing left to prove in a boxing ring and has stated previously on a couple occasions he wants to retire. This one is mostly for the benefit of the UFC, as it will no doubt co-promote the fight and bank away millions of dollars. Conor is the only one here with anything on the line, brash and outspoken, he has for the most part backed it all up in the cage, but this is different. Boxing is not the same as MMA, and as much as i adore Conor as a fighter and think he can make a fight out of this, I wonder how he will handle the elusiveness of Mayweather.
The ball is in Floyd's court now, as the fighting world awaits word on if he will sign. Conor and his new son certainly seem ready.