Reportedly, Floyd Mayweather Is "Legitimately” Considering A Rematch With Conor McGregor
Mayweather v. McGregor 2 might be in the works as it's been reported Floyd Mayweather is “legitimately” considering a rematch.
The news of the possible fight came just a few days after Money Mayweather stated he could make “a billion dollars” if he signed to the UFC. This is a claim that has been given more life due to the reported stipulations of the possible rematch between the two.
On his podcast, The Joe Rogan Experience, UFC commentator, Joe Rogan, claimed Mayweather and UFC commissioner Dana White are in talks about scheduling the McGregor/Mayweather rematch, but this time under MMA rules instead of the standard boxing regulations.
“Floyd talked about it apparently,” Rogan said on Tuesday (Dec. 19). “This is one thing I can tell you, Dana (White) told me that Floyd wants to make a deal in the UFC. Like legitimately. So, I texted him, 'Is Floyd really talking about fighting in MMA?' And he goes, 'Yeah, he's f*****g crazy. I told him he'd get killed but he's still talking about doing it.'”
Yet while many people are speculating this move is one to provide McGregor with an opportunity to avenge his loss against Mayweather, ESPN’s MMA Insider, Brett Okamoto, doubts this is a likely matchup.
“Even if Mayweather is serious about a UFC deal, it is highly unlikely he would face McGregor (21-3), UFC's lightweight champion. The Nevada State Athletic Commission sanctioned a boxing match, but it would be much harder to justify sanctioning an MMA fight, where Mayweather would face an even greater disadvantage than McGregor did in the boxing ring,” explained Okamoto.
Despite safety concerns, the money surrounding this possible fight is enough to motivate Mayweather and his team to find a way to make the match a reality.
"There was no way I thought that fight was going to happen, but when you sit down with a smart guy like (Mayweather adviser) Al Haymon, a very intelligent guy, anything is possible," White told ESPN. "And Floyd, as much as he does the money thing and this and that, Floyd was actually very easy to work with. I was impressed."
With White’s optimism and Floyd’s possibility of gaining a billion dollars, it is likely that a UFC fight between McGregor and Mayweather will become a possibility, especially since Floyd has expressed earnest interest in making it a reality, and according to White, anything Floyd talks about comes to life.
“It's real,” White explained. “He was talking about (boxing) Conor McGregor. Was that real? Have you heard Floyd talk about many things that aren't real? He usually tips his hand when he's in the media, and then that s*** ends up happening.”