[Watch] Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs. Conor McGregor

Floyd Mayweather Jr., Conor McGregor

[Watch] Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs. Conor McGregor

Here's how the boxing legend and MMA star are fueling reports about a mega bout.

Published May 9, 2016

On Friday, a rumored report surfaced about Floyd Mayweather Jr. coming out of retirement to take on Conor McGregor in a mega fight, which would have the boxing legend up against the MMA star with projected revenues of over $1 billion.

Within The Sun's story, there was even a claim that Mayweather would rake in $144.8 million, while McGregor would pocket $10.1 million in the unprecedented boxing match for the ages.

Although UFC president Dana White wrote off the rumored blockbuster bout as nothing more than "just a tabloid story," while speaking with Yahoo Sports, Mayweather and McGregor did their parts to douse the hot reports with gasoline over the weekend.

During an interview with FightHype.com Saturday, Mayweather never mentioned McGregor by name, but acknowledged the possibility of the two clashing in the near future.

"It's possible... it's possible," Mayweather said of the mega bout. "There was a name shot at me. The rumors that ya'll been hearing is the rumors that I started. It may not be a rumor. Keep your fingers crossed. There may be a boxer versus an MMA fighter. We just don't know."

Peep Floyd's full statements.

The following day, on Sunday, McGregor did his part, posting a Photoshopped fight promotion poster of himself staring down Mayweather on Facebook.

Whether this fight actually happens or not remains to be seen. However, consider this — if Canelo Alvarez's knockout punch of Amir Khan on Saturday night paves the way for an Alvarez-Gennady Golovkin blockbuster fight, then Mayweather-McGregor could be the only bout to upstage them.

Let's hope this happens.

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Written by Mark Lelinwalla

(Photos from left: Harry How/Getty Images, Steve Marcus/Getty Images)


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