In recent weeks, there’s been reports that Mayweather, McGregor and the UFC are talking, in an effort to book the long rumored, boxing match. While the fight hasn’t been finalized, even UFC President Dana White has said there’s so much money to be made, he doesn’t see how the bout won’t go down.
Of course, the consensus is that Mayweather Jr. – one of the greatest boxers of all time – will dominate McGregor. But, when TMZ caught up with the decorated and undefeated pugilist, Mayweather Jr. had this to say about the UFC lightweight champ (quote via MMA Junkie):
“I can’t sit right here and knock Conor McGregor,” Mayweather said. “I’m not here to knock a guy. He’s the second biggest name in MMA, so I’m not going to sit here and knock Conor McGregor. He went out there and did what he had to do. It’s obvious he’s done something right thus far to get to the point to where he’s at. So I’m not here to bad-mouth him.”
“I’ve been off for a couple years, and I’m 40 years old, so I’m a lot older, and he’s still in his 20s,” Mayweather added. “That could play a major key, and he’s a heavy hitter. So we’ll just see. Has he signed a contract yet? Absolutely not. In due time, we’ll just see.”
Interesting. Now is Mayweather Jr. maybe playing the promoter role here a bit? As a means to drum up additional interest in the fight? Probably. Although, if the bout gets booked, and McGregor starts ramping up the trash talk, chances Mayweather Jr. won’t be complimenting the UFC champ.