The saga between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Conor McGregor continues to play out in the press and social media.
McGregor arrived to Las Vegas to allegedly meet face to face with Mayweather to close a deal for a mega pay-per-view boxing match.
Mayweather told close friend and TV broadcaster Stephen A. Smith that a deal with McGregor was “very, very close.”
But then Mayweather issued a statement on social media, where he denied that he was going to unretire and told everyone NOT to believe any rumors regarding any potential fights.
However, hours later Mayweather issued another statement on social media, where he asked McGregor to work out his issues with the UFC and then get together with his management to work out a deal.
The biggest obstacle in making the fight a reality is McGregor’s exclusive contract with the UFC.
According to UFC President Dana White, McGregor still owes them four fights and then he’s a free agent to do as pleases.
There have been rumors that White had a meeting with Mayweather’s adviser, Al Haymon, to discuss the fight. White would neither confirm or deny that meeting when approached by members of the press.
The two athletes have been trading words through the press for at least a year. Showtime Sports head Stephen Espinoza believes a deal between the two fighters is certainly possible.
“It would take an unprecedented deal to make this happen – we’ve seen unprecedented deals that allowed mega-fights to happen before,” Espinoza exclusively told Sky Sports.
“It’s an uphill battle, simply because it’s never been done before. But we have two potential combatants who are interested and motivated in making it happen, plus tens of millions of people around the world who are eagerly anticipating the match. I hear the criticisms and the public outcry that it may be one-sided but I don’t necessarily agree.
“We can go through the history – there were fights that were uniformly expected to be one-sided but, when they happened, there was a much different result. The Oscar De La Hoya-Manny Pacquiao fight was criticized but it turned out differently. It’s no foregone conclusion that this is a Mayweather victory – yes, he is one of the most skilled boxers of modern times but McGregor has his own set of assets and strengths.”