The Floyd Mayweather/Conor McGregor Fight Rumors Continue to Swirl Around
Every time we think the Floyd Mayweather/Conor McGregor fight rumors are dead, they find a way to spring back to life and continue to tease us…
In recent weeks, the rumors surrounding the fight mostly died down. McGregor touched on them every now and then, but for the most part, there wasn’t any real evidence of progress being made on the fight. But that ended on Tuesday when The Sun reported that the fight was, more or less, a done deal. According to a source who spoke with The Sun, McGregor was planning to be in Las Vegas this week to sign a contract and agree to fight Mayweather.
The Sun has a reputation for being wrong, and their report seemed flimsy at best, as it didn’t contain any real details concerning the fight and seemed to rely on one lone source. But then, ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith appeared on First Take amid all the rumors and revealed that there was at least a little bit of truth to them. According to Smith, he had spoken with Mayweather at an NBA game on Saturday night and been told that Mayweather and McGregor were “very, very close” to working out the terms for their proposed super fight. Mayweather even told Smith that he was confident the fight would happen.
And that’s not all. In addition to reporting on the interaction between Mayweather and Smith, ESPN’s Brett Okamoto also revealed that McGregor was scheduled to arrive in Las Vegas on Monday night. And since Mayweather lives and trains in the city, the thought now is that McGregor might actually be in town to speak with him about a fight. The Nevada State Athletic Commission has also confirmed that they are aware of ongoing negotiations between the two sides.
It sounds as though we are still a long ways away from actually seeing Mayweather and McGregor fight. One NSAC spokesperson talked to ESPN about it and said the fight “still seems like a long shot.” But at the same time, the spokesperson admitted that there is a lot of money at stake and that “people tend to figure it out” when there’s a big payday at the end. So…maybe this fight will happen after all?
If we’ve learned anything at this point, it’s that Mayweather and McGregor aren’t going to let the rumors surrounding their proposed fight die quietly. They’re going to keep them going, regardless of whether it actually leads to a fight or not. So for now, they are alive and well, whether we like it or not.