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Floyd Mayweather, Conor McGregor exchange shots over alleged ‘cartel’ issues

Esther Lin, Showtime

Maybe Floyd Mayweather is angling for a rematch with Conor McGregor. Or maybe it’s just Floyd being Floyd.

Either way, the undefeated boxing superstar came out swinging at the UFC lightweight champion over Twitter on Wednesday.

The allegation alluded to in Mayweather’s tweet was a rumor which popped up back in late November, one which was vigorously denied by the McGregor camp.

Mayweather defeated McGregor via 10th-round TKO in a boxing match in Las Vegas in August. The matchup drew a reported 4.3 million North American pay-per-view buys, which made it the second-biggest PPV event of all-time.

In recent weeks, UFC president Dana White claimed his company was holding talks with Mayweather about getting involved with the UFC. But Mayweather shot those claims down.

More recently, White laid out a plan in which the UFC will attempt to proceed with the lightweight division in 2018: Either McGregor fighting interim champion Tony Ferguson in March, or Ferguson facing top contender Khabib Nurmagomedov, with the winner meeting McGregor over the summer.

McGregor’s coach, John Kavanaugh, said his camp is advising McGregor to make his next fight a mixed martial arts bout, rather than a return to the ring.

McGregor, who is not one to let such comments as Mayweather’s slide, didn’t take long before replying to Mayweather’s tweet.

But that wasn’t the end of it. The back-and-forth continued later in the afternoon Wednesday on Instagram, with both fighters taking a follow-up shot.

You violate and I will demonstrate!!

A post shared by Floyd Mayweather (@floydmayweather) on

Violate these nuts

A post shared by Conor McGregor Official (@thenotoriousmma) on

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