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Morning Report: Conor McGregor targeting September for Floyd Mayweather fight, says it’s ‘close’ to done

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The crossover superfight between undefeated boxing great Floyd Mayweather Jr. and UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor is getting ever closer to becoming a reality.

McGregor made headlines on Friday night while attending the professional boxing debut of his friend, Irish Olympic boxer Michael Conlan. That evening, McGregor confronted members of the boxing media sitting ringside at Madison Square Garden yelling that he would shock the world by knocking out Mayweather in a boxing match, promising that everyone would “eat their words.”

But McGregor didn’t stop there. After the outburst, the UFC lightweight champion spoke with The Los Angeles Times where he elaborated on his outburst, stating that the fight was “close” to done, that they were looking at September for a possible date, and that Mayweather should be scared.

“[September] is what I’m thinking. That’s what the word is. That’s what we’re close to doing.

“I’ve tried to talk to Floyd. I flew to Las Vegas to have talks with Floyd and then he retired. He just doesn’t want to see me. He’s petrified. Wouldn’t you be? No one knows what to expect with me, and they shouldn’t.

“Because I don’t know what to expect either.”

Mayweather recently unretired to pursue the bout with McGregor, suggesting a June booking for the fight, saying he didn’t want to waste anytime. But McGregor’s longtime girlfriend Dee Devlin is expecting the couple’s first child in eight weeks, which doesn’t fit with Mayweather’s proposed boxing date, especially considering the amount of negotiations that still have to take place.

However, at this point it certainly does seem like this fight will happen. Last week, UFC President Dana White said that he “doesn’t see how it doesn’t happen,” and White has long be viewed as one of the biggest impediments to the fight’s potential booking. With White now seemingly on board and fight dates being bandied about, it appears McGregor may actually get his opportunity to “shock the world,” something he says he’s ready for.

“I’m ready to box. I’ve been ready for a long time. The game’s going to be in shock when I step in the ring. Trust me on that.”


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MEDIA STEW

The big video from the weekend.

Post-fight presser.

Free fights.

This is awesome.

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Urijah on the autotune.

Joanna’s got herself a YouTube channel.


LISTEN UP

6th Round.

Knuckle Up.


TWEETS

Farewell.

Everyone respected One Punch.

Rosie.

Taking the loss well.

#nextufcwwchamp has been called.

#wouldwatch.

Gunni with the mountain.

Congratulation @gunninelson and his whole team for a amazing win tonight!! what a night! #AframIsland

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Comeback.

Palmer’s hand got busted up.

Conor had himself a weekend.

Dang, man.

Anderson’s probably got a better chance at paintball.

Savage move.

Awesome.

Tito’s going for the Oscar gold now.

Dinner and studying. Consistency and repetition story of my life. I'm very fortunate. #Atlanta #Boo2

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FIGHT ANNOUNCEMENTS

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TODAY IN MMA HISTORY

2009: At Shooto Tradition 6, BJ Kojima submitted Yuki Shoji with a rear-naked choke to defend his Shooto flyweight championship for the final time. Also that evening, Masakatsu Ueda successfully defended his bantamweight title, winning a unanimous decision over So Tazawa.

2016: Mark Hunt walk-off KO’d Frank Mir at UFC Fight Night: 85. In the co-main event that weekend, Neil Magny scored one of the most epic comebacks in history, stopping Hector Lombard in the third round after suffering an inconceivable beatdown in the first round.


FINAL THOUGHTS

Chocolatito got robbed. That dude put it all out there in his fourth weight division and definitely should have won.

Anyway, enjoy your Monday’s as best you can and see y’all tomorrow.


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