Floyd Mayweather confirms the rematch: “Me and Conor McGregor in 2023”
A rematch between Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor could happen next year as negotiations are already underway.
The superfight between Mayweather and McGregor made PPV history five years back with over 4.3 million buys, resulting in huge payouts for both fighters. “The Notorious” McGregor reportedly made over $100 million after the bout, while his opponent clocked in at a whopping $280 million. Mayweather impressed in his last bout as a pro with a TKO victory against the UFC star in the tenth round. Considering the money that their first fight generated, it’s no surprise that both Mayweather and McGregor have indicated an interest in a rematch.
“Money” Mayweather has an unblemished record of 50-0, with wins over some of the sport’s biggest names such as Canelo Alvarez and Manny Pacquiao. Despite officially retiring after the McGregor bout, Mayweather has kept busy with several exhibitions. This weekend it’s time for Mayweather to perform yet again as he takes on Japanese MMA fighter Mikuru Asakura. In a recent interview the 45-year-old boxing legend claims to already have two additional opponents lined up.
“I want to go out there this weekend and have fun (against Mikuru Asakura),” Mayweather told Sportsmail. Then I have another exhibition (in) Dubai in November and me and Conor McGregor in 2023.”
“We don’t know if it’s going to be an exhibition or a real fight. But there’s been talks of both. I would prefer an exhibition.”
The reason Mayweather isn’t interested in “real fights” is that he doesn’t want to risk injuries.
“So, guys like Conor McGregor and guys that don’t really hit hard such as YouTubers or UFC guys, I don’t really mind colliding with those kinds of individuals but nothing where I am going to put myself in a position where I am going to harm myself or hurt myself.”
McGregor has hinted at “gracing the squared circle” again, however the UFC star also has his sight set on another UFC title. Despite two straight losses against Dustin Poirier, “The Notorious” wants to compete for gold once he recovers from his broken leg and returns to the octagon!
According to Mayweather, the only thing that remains to be determined for the McGregor rematch to happen is whether or not the bout will be an exhibition.
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