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Morning Report: Conor McGregor reacts to Floyd Mayweather saying he wouldn't fight in the UFC

Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor Esther Lin, Showtime

On Wednesday, Dana White momentarily shook up the MMA world when he announced that rumors circulating about Floyd Mayweather Jr. in MMA were true and that the UFC was having “real” talks with him about fighting in the cage. The MMA world was quickly abuzz with the possibility and fighters began lining up for the opportunity to be the one to welcome the all-time great boxer into the land of knees and grappling.

All the fervor was short-lived however, as not long after the story broke, Mayweather refuted White’s claims, saying that his comments were misinterpreted. While never denying that he was in talks with the UFC, Mayweather said that his previous comments were just him saying that he could jump over to the UFC and “make a billion dollars,” not that he would. In fact, he ended the statement by saying that he was “not gonna do that though.”

That must have been music to the ears of Mayweather’s last opponent, UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor who took to social media, and in as succinct a fashion as possible, let Mayweather know exactly how he felt about the big tease from his former opponent.


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McGregor and Mayweather boxed earlier this year in “The Money Fight,” a cross-promotional superfight that ended up being the second biggest Pay-Per-View event of all time, generating almost $600 million in revenue. After the fight, Mayweather retired from boxing but those type of numbers led many to believe a rematch of some kind could be in the offing. And with Mayweather specifically keeping the door open by saying, “We just don’t know what the future holds for Floyd Mayweather,” let the games begin, again.


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I’m not saying Floyd comes to MMA, but I’m also not willing to say he doesn’t. Generating the GDP of a small nation with only a fight is a massive incentive to get back in and do it again, as many times as they can sell it.

And let’s be clear here, none of the parties involved here are dumb. Mayweather could come to the UFC and fight Conor and expect to receive a light touch. Maybe he takes Floyd down, maybe Floyd escapes a position, they stand up for a bit, then eventually Conor taps Floyd gently. Everyone wins and it sets up the greatest trilogy fight of all time, Conor vs. Floyd: Knight Fights.

That’s all for today folks. Take it easy and see y’all tomorrow.



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