Five years ago, weightlifting legend Floyd Mayweather faced off against UFC icon Conor McGregor in a historic match in which boxing met MMA.
Now, it looks like two of the famous sportsmen will meet again in 2023, but it is yet to be decided if it will be an exhibition or a professional competition. It’s hardly a trivial matter, considering both the feud between the pair and Mayweather’s history boasting of his undefeated record.
Billed as ‘The Money Wars’, the match was originally estimated to have generated around $600 million in revenue (ESPN), more than any other pay-per-view event in the sport’s history. With both boxers renowned for their love of money and having previously fought for ‘The Money Belt’, it’s no secret that Mayweather’s motives are in this fight.
While comparing, The Irishman McGregor may have another goalas he sought to overcome the defeat he suffered in his professional boxing debut against Mayweather 50-0.
The two-weight UFC champion often talks about his desire to return to the boxing arena, especially after surviving ten rounds against one of the all-time greats. Furthermore, a broken leg in his final fight with Dustin Poirier may have been enough to convince McGregor to switch to boxing and away from the brutal kicks of mixed martial arts.
Since receiving a reported $280 million from their encounter and retiring from a professional fighting career, Floyd Mayweather has participated in a variety of exhibitions. ‘TBE’ has played against Tenshin Nasukawa, Logan Paul, Don Moore and this Saturday he will be playing against Mikuru Asakura in Japan.
Now the five-category world champion is focusing back on McGregor, he revealed in a Interview with Sportsmail.
“I want to go out there this weekend and have fun [against Mikuru Asakura]. Then I have another exhibition in Dubai in November and me and Conor McGregor in 2023.”
“We didn’t know if it was going to be an exhibition or a real fight. But there have been talks about both. I prefer an exhibition. “
“I didn’t get into a fight for which I would take any real punishment.”
Recalling the construction antics last time, it won’t be long before McGregor responds to confirm or deny the plan.