McGregor-Mayweather clash inches closer

The war of words continues between Conor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather – but it does appear that their hugely anticipated boxing clash is inching closer to being agreed.

In what will likely be the first $1billion fight in history, UFC supremo Dana White has admitted that the fight will happen and that is a huge hurdle, probably the biggest, now cleared.

McGregor is an MMA fighter and is contracted to UFC, so without White giving the green-light, the fight would have little chance of happening.

“I do – I do think it’s going to happen,” White told US talkshow host Conan O’Brien when asked about the potential match-up.

“I think it’s going to be a tough deal. There are obviously a lot of egos involved in this deal and a lot of people, so that always makes it tougher. But on the flip side, there’s so much money involved.

“I just don’t see how it doesn’t happen.”

Mayweather has been quick to respond to the latest chat but he already stated that he is officially ‘out of retirement’

“For Conor McGregor, I’m coming out of retirement, just to fight Conor McGregor. I don’t want to hear no more excuses about the money, about the UFC,” he said just before White’s comments.

And since then he added to “I just want to say, Dana White, I was overseas when they told me what you said. I wanna say, good work Dana White. Conor McGregor, they said you finally opened your mouth and you’re back to talking s**t and I say that’s cool too.”

“With me, it is what it is. If I can’t do nothing, everybody knows I can fight, if i can’t do nothing else. But when I’m not in the ring, I’m a gentleman. Outside the ring, I’m a gentleman.”

Mayweather – who boats the record equalling 49-0 record in the squared circle – added: “It’s about what I say. It’s whatever I say. Like I’ve said before, it is what it is. If it happens, it happens. We’ll just see.”

McGregor himself remains convinced that he has what it takes to beat Mayweather – although the bookmakers do not agree with WilliamHill listing him as large as 7/1 to beat Mayweather – who is 1/16.

“Watch me take over boxing,” he said after watching compatriot Michael Conlan win on his professional debut at Madison Square Garden in New York.

“Trust me on that. No one in this boxing game knows what’s coming. Trust me on that. When I step in there, I’m going to shock the whole goddamn world. Trust me on that.

“Look me in the eyes. Twenty-eight years of age, confident as a m**********r, long, rangy, dangerous with every hand. Trust me, I’m going to stop Floyd and you’re all going to eat your words.

“The whole world is going to eat their words.”

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