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2020

TBE v UFC: Mayweather v McGregor rumour threatens to overshadow Canelo v Khan

Phil Jay 06/05/2016

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A near farcical report that Floyd Mayweather is set to come out of retirement to face Ultimate Fighting Championship star Conor McGregor has dominated the rumour mill ahead of the massive clash between Canelo Alvarez and Amir Khan this weekend.

Former Mayweather foe Canelo defends his WBC middleweight title against ex-super lightweight king Khan on Saturday night, although all talk in the build-up is about a potential battle of ‘TBE v UFC’ this summer.

On the back of his Showtime teaser last week – where Mayweather hinted of coming out of retirement to challenge Danny Garcia for the world 147 pound title, the ante has been well and truly upped with unsubstantiated reports from ‘sources’ about a potential match-up.

Mayweather and McGregor are the two standout names in the respective sports, and there is little doubt that any fight between the pair would generate hundreds of millions of dollars. According to the rumours, McGregor is considering switching codes to boxing in order to secure a fight with Mayweather in Las Vegas.

McGregor recently lost a grip on his mantle as UFC champion when going down to Nate Diaz via second round submission in March, but did move up from featherweight to welterweight without seeing his credibility take too much of a hit.

‘The Notorious’ one is still in his prime at 27 years old, whilst Mayweather is pushing 40, although no amount of age gap could compensate for the massive gulf in pugilistic ability and any bout would be as one-sided as you can imagine.

A mixed rules contest would be the only way the sell a fight between Mayweather and McGregor, especially to the die-hard UFC clientele, as both codes await an official denial of what looks on the outside to be laughable gossip.

All focus should rightly remain on what is set to be an entertaining encounter between Canelo and Khan at the newly-built T-Mobile Arena and any Mayweather v McGregor talk should be firmly put to one side.