Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor are reportedly in talks over a rematch.
McGregor was beaten by boxing legend Mayweather in 2017 when the Irishman was stopped in the 10th round of what was his professional boxing debut. Mayweather extended his perfect record to 50-0 before hanging up his gloves.
He has since taken part in three money-spinning exhibition bouts against Japanese kickboxer Tenshin Nasukawa, YouTube star Logan Paul and former sparring partner Don Moore. Mayweather is also due to take on MMA fighter Mikuru Asakura in Japan later this year.
But FightHype are reporting that the boxing legend is holding talks with McGregor over a bout which would earn him over $100million. The outlet is known to have a close relationship with the former pound-for-pound star.
Mayweather recently revealed he was open to a second meeting with McGregor, telling Showtime Sports: “Absolutely. He easy. The beef is all these guys look up to me, steal my blueprint and then get to hating on me.”
Mayweather’s promoter then doubled down on his fighter’s claim, adding: “When I say to Conor, if you’re listening, you can get that too. Most definitely. That right, this is very personal. After everything, where they left the ring, they hugged, but things are a little different now.”
McGregor then took to social media to post a picture from his first fight with Mayweather with the caption: “I accept”. The former two-weight UFC champion is currently recovering from the broken leg he suffered against Dustin Poirier last summer.
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McGregor was initially expected to return this summer but has yet to resume full training. He posted footage of himself kicking with his injured leg last week but has yet to team up with trainer John Kavanagh. The Dubliner has always insisted he will fight in the ring again but claimed his next outing will be in the cage.
“Boxing is my first love in combat sports,” he told Sky Sports. “I had such a great time the last time I was out there. Obviously, my return will be in the octagon for UFC – that story is far from over, in fact it’s just being written, it is just the beginning. “But, boxing, for sure I will grace the squared circle again in the future.”
McGregor, who won featherweight and lightweight gold in the UFC, has won only one of his last five fights; his 40-second demolition of Donald Cerrone in 2020. After losing to Mayweather, he was beaten by bitter rival Khabib Nurmagomedov before suffering. back-to-back defeats by Poirier last summer.