Mayweather vs McGregor 2: Floyd Mayweather bypassed Manny Pacquiao talks for a second fight with Conor McGregor.
That’s according to Mayweather’s number one news source.
Reports surfaced that the five-weight world champion is eyeing a second big-money clash with McGregor despite dominating the Irishman in 2017.
The pair engaged in an exhibition-style sanctioned boxing match five years ago. For the first three rounds, Mayweather hardly threw a punch.
McGregor, a double UFC champion in MMA, was like a fish out of water despite holding a background in the sport from his teenage years.
As soon as Mayweather upped his work, the Irishman was in trouble. Eventually, he put “The Notorious” out of his misery in the tenth round.
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Now, despite no real clamor for another helping, Mayweather and McGregor are putting the feelers out there.
“Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor are currently in talks for a potential rematch. If it happens, expect Mayweather to pocket another nine-figure payday,” said Fighthype.com.
It’s highly likely that Mayweather is behind the post and gave it the green light. It’s no secret that this media outlet is his go-to when there’s news to break.
The release is certainly only to gauge exactly where the interest lies in the fight. It seems like another test to see if both can achieve another money grab.
Their first Pay Per View sold over four million. If they could get half that now, they would gross the highest PPV event since their initial battle. Nobody, barring Mike Tyson and Roy Jones Jr. in their legends match-up, has come close to that since 2017.
However, it would also be a miracle as there is slim to no actual want for Mayweather vs McGregor 2.
Facing Manny Pacquiao again in a return of their 2015 record-breaker would be the way to go for Mayweather if he’s serious about getting over two million buys.
But with Pacquiao only retired for one year, it’s undoubtedly far too risky for Mayweather to consider, even though they held discussions regarding a Middle East fight in 2020.
If he lost, his ego would never recover.
Right now, Mayweather has a contract for a RIZIN appearance in September. Therefore, the earliest McGregor II could happen is around November or December, notoriously slow months for Pay Per View.
Fresh off of his induction into the International Boxing Hall of Fame this past weekend, Mayweather heads back to the land of the rising sun to work with RIZIN CEO Nobuyuki Sakakibara.
He faces another MMA star in Mikuru Asakura. Mayweather previously fought in Japan on New Year’s Eve 2018 in an exhibition against kickboxing star Tenshin Nasukawa.
RIZIN will announce additional information regarding the September event later this month.
The views expressed in this article are the opinions of Phil Jay.