Yes, the combat sports world is once again buzzing about the rumored, all-star bout, since it’s been confirmed that McGregor has been granted a boxing license in California. The California Commission’s executive director Andy Foster and McGregor’s agent, Audi Attar, have informed ESPN that McGregor has indeed received his boxing licenses for that jurisdiction.
Attar, however, did not provide any additional details as to why McGregor, a fighter who is contracted by the UFC and cannot compete in any type of bout without the promotion’s permission, would apply for a license. But, obviously, folks are wondering if McGregor’s camp might be targeting a boxing bout with Mayweather.
This past summer, a day rarely went by without talk regarding the rumored bout. Mayweather, at the time, was publicly campaigning for a fight with McGregor. The latter has said he’s down, provided he gets his fair share of the revenue, which would be huge.
In the ESPN story, however, Leonard Ellerbe, the CEO of Mayweather Promotions, dismissed the notion that McGregor is hoping to box Mayweather. Ellerbe also said the following:
“The brass [from WME-IMG] who recently purchased the UFC are very smart people, and they would never — and put this in bold caps — let him step into a boxing ring with Floyd Mayweather because everyone knows what the outcome would be. He would get his ass beat from pillar to post.”
Now, again, the chances of this fight happening are likely small. But, it looks like it’s going to be a running story for the coming weeks.