Conor McGregor takes fresh swipe at Floyd Mayweather amid reports fight date is set
UFC star enjoys another social media dig at the undefeated American boxer with signs pointing to much-anticipated bout finally happening
Conor McGregor has been fairly quiet lately by his standards, but the UFC star’s war of words with Floyd Mayweather is ramping up again.
ESPN reported on Tuesday that Mayweather Promotions plans to file a request with the Nevada State Athletic Commission for an August 26 Las Vegas megafight between the retired boxing star and UFC lightweight champion.
The fight is seemingly near with the Commission’s website stating a “boxing event” will be held by Mayweather Promotions at the MGM Grand on that very date, to be televised by United States television network Showtime.
“There are negotiations ongoing, but none of us wants to turn this into the circus that the Mayweather-[Manny] Pacquiao negotiations were, so I think it’s best if we keep all the business discussions private until the deal is done,” Showtime Sports executive vice president and general manager Stephen Espinoza told ESPN.
But mixed martial artist McGregor was quick to take another shot at the undefeated American on social media.
A post shared by Conor McGregor Official (@thenotoriousmma) on Jun 12, 2017 at 9:43pm PDT
The Irishman pretended to confuse the 40-year-old Mayweather with his 64-year-old father, Floyd Mayweather Sr, a former champion boxer himself and trainer to his son.
The picture shows Mayweather Jr back in the gym recently with a young sparring partner.
A former five-division world champion who went 49-0 in his career, Mayweather has not fought for 23 months but says he is willing to come out of retirement to face McGregor in a much-anticipated boxing bout at welterweight.
The fight has previously been held up by negotiations over the purse split, with the boxer claiming his is the “A-side” and deserves a bigger slice of revenue expected to be in the hundreds of millions of US dollars.
UFC president Dana White said last month he has an agreement in place with McGregor to fight outside of the promotion in a boxing match, but that he had yet to come to a deal with Mayweather.