Some new details emerged over the weekend about the potential boxing match between Floyd "Money" Mayweather and UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor. Both fighters shed some light on key aspects of the fight, including a potential date and location. On Friday night at Madison Square Garden, half of the super fight shared a potential timeframe for when the bout may occur.
McGregor told Lance Pugmire of The LA Times that a date in the fall is close to being settled, saying:
“[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.”
McGregor was at MSG to corner his training partner Michael Conlan, who was successful in his professional boxing debut, stopping his opponent Timothy Ibarra in the third round. No stranger to stirring up the media, the loud and brash UFC champion went on a tirade in front of the media in attendance, saying in part:
McGregor's statement's about the fight comes just a few days after UFC President Dana White said he won't get in the way of the fight taking place, with White telling TMZ:
"It doesn't make a lot of sense for my business, but I would never keep Conor from making that kind of money.”
And for Mayweather’s part, he has an idea of where he’d like to face McGregor. The 49-0 boxer said in a media scrum in Russia that he would prefer the fight take place in Moscow, telling RT:
“I want to give people the spectacle: the MMA world vs. boxing world. This fight can be organized in Moscow. I would choose to Moscow, if I were asked today."
The fight between Mayweather and McGregor has been eating up headlines in recent months, as it went from fan and media-driven fantasy discussions to an actual possible matchup.
After McGregor's ascent up the UFC ladder, and becoming the first fighter to hold two UFC championships concurrently (the featherweight and lightweight titles), he now has his sights set on big money fights in the sport of boxing.
The bout would be one of the biggest fights of all-time for either sport, and would no doubt grab the attention of mainstream sports fans. With Mayweather, McGregor, and even Dana White all realistically envisioning a future where the two stars of their respective sports actually step in the ring, the fight seems more and more like an eventuality.