A report surfaced, which Dana White has since rubbished, that Mayweather had stipulated a four-ounce glove and shoeless fight, but with no other actual MMA moves allowed for the rematch.
The boxing fraternity immediately shook its head in disbelief and former undisputed heavyweight champion Lennox Lewis has since questioned what was going on.
“So I’m hearing that Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor will fight again in the octagon with modified rules!
“No kicks, no knees, no elbows, no takedowns? But isn’t this just Boxing in the octagon?” said Lewis.
The reporter who first released the information has since backed away prior to UFC boss White calling it, ‘the dumbest s*** he ever head’ on social media.
“What I’m trying to say is, number one I’m not claiming that the fight is confirmed, absolutely not,” Omar Al Raisi of The Sports Journal told SiriusXM Radio.
“Whether there’ll be takedowns, elbow, or ground game – these are certain things that Floyd has stated, if a rematch happens it will be in the octagon with four-ounce gloves to build up interest, or else no one’s gonna buy it.
“Both parties have not agreed. There’s no pen to paper. These are certain things that were discussed. It went back and forth.
“We saw Floyd confirm it on Showtime. Dana White himself said the fight has a big chance to happen in the UFC and there is big money for Floyd Mayweather to accept it.”
The general consensus among anyone with a single iota of interest in this fight, is that Mayweather has to make the second contest under FULL UFC / MMA rules.
McGregor did this in the initial meeting when losing in ten rounds under Queensberry Rules, therefore it’s only fair ‘Money’ does the same.
This way, Mayweather firmly has the chance to better the 4.4m PPV sales he and McGregor enjoyed last August and have the opportunity to beat the Manny Pacquiao fight record.
Many, many fans – especially on the UFC front, will be queuing up to see what damage McGregor could do the former pound for pound king inside the eight-sided arena, whilst some boxing fans who are firm Mayweather critics would undoubtedly do the same.