Although Conor McGregor has missed out on the opportunity of fighting in UFC 200, it seems the Irish MMA practitioner might appear in another high-profile match. According to rumors, this could be a fight against retired undefeated boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr.
"The rumors that y'all been hearing is the rumors that I started," Mayweather told FightHype.com. Reports stating the fighters are in talks for a multimillion-dollar fight this summer circulated last week.
Although the match is only a rumor, and UFC President Dana White has already shot down the idea of it, some people still believe that the fight could happen. One of these is Floyd Mayweather Sr., the father and trainer of Money.
According to the former professional boxer, there's a strong possibility that the fight will happen and that it will most likely follow boxing rules instead of those of the UFC or for MMA. Of course, he predicts that his son will dominate McGregor.
"Yeah, that's what I thought they would do," he said about the rumored fight's rules according to Complex. "That's what everyone has been saying. I really don't know exactly when, but I'm pretty sure it's going to come around pretty soon. Won't be that long."
"I tell you this, if it's not MMA fighting, Conor is going to get the hell beat out of him," he added. "I know lil' Floyd ain't going for being an MMA fighter, so that means that Conor is going to get the hell beat out of him still."
Rumors about the fantasy crossover match began last year just before Mayweather Jr. fought Andre Berto. As a rising star at that time, McGregor boasted that he has the skills to put the boxer away.
Things then escalated after various fight fans and sources started generating hype about a potential bout between the two. McGregor even joined in by uploading a mock fight poster for the match.
Mayweather Jr. is also hinting that the fight between him and McGregor could happen in the future. But, as he previously said, he will not come out of retirement for a less a payday less than nine figurs.
"It was a name that was shot at me but the rumor that ya'll been hearing - the rumors that I started - may not be a rumor, so keep your fingers crossed," he said according to News.com.au. "It may be a boxer versus an MMA fighter."
"Every time I go out there and compete at the highest level, my number is of course $100 million or better," he added. "I feel like I can demand that because I've broken all records in the sport of boxing."