UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor claims he has signed his half of a deal to fight former five-weight boxing world champion Floyd Mayweather.
The rumour mill has been turning ever since a fight between the Irishman and Mayweather was first announced. It has been nearly 8 months since the the carrot was dangled in front of fighting fans, with McGregor’s win over Eddie Alvarez triggering the start of proceedings. McGregor achieved the crown as a two-weight UFC world champion, and challenging Maywether was the obvious route to proceed–apparently.
“The first and most important part of this historic contract has now officially been signed off on,” McGregor, 28, told themaclife.com. “Congratulations to all parties involved.” He said the emphasis was now on 40-year-old American Mayweather and his advisor Al Haymon.
UFC president Dana White confirmed McGregor had agreed terms and that it would now hinge on Mayweather–who would insist the encounter be “straight up boxing” rather than any mix with MMA.
“I’m starting to work on the Mayweather side now,” said White. “If we can come to a deal with Haymon and Mayweather, the fight’s going to happen.”
The two fighters aren’t too physically dissimilar; McGregor is about half an inch taller, with 5 extra pounds in the weight department. Will this spectacle live up to the hype, or will it be a Frankenstein experiment that hurts both sports? Only time will tell if this circus can be a success.