A crazy rumor made its way through the sports world on Friday when The Sun, a British tabloid of somewhat dubious repute, reported that Conor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather are on the verge of agreeing to a fight in Las Vegas this summer.
The paper said that McGregor would earn $10.1 million while Mayweather would earn a whopping $144 million. An agreement, The Sun said, "is imminent." It also quoted a source who explained the rationale: "Floyd went mad after Conor said he would crush him and knock him out in 30 seconds, he’s obsessed with making Conor eat his words."
Those words came last August, when McGregor said he would "dismantle [Mayweather] in seconds." He also spoke about what a big deal it would be for him and the now-retired pound-for-pound boxing king to get into the ring.
"But if you’re talking about a fight that could generate half a billion – it’s this one. There’s never going to be another boxing fight like this. Only a cross-style match between Mayweather and me could generate that kind of interest and revenue," he told The Guardian.
He's not wrong. A fight between these two would be the biggest thing to hit boxing since gloves, the only problem is there's almost no chance at all it happens. That is, at least, the opinion of crack MMA reporter Ariel Helwani.
He makes good points. Add to this the fact that McGregor agreeing to an out-and-out boxing match would be a asinine move and you've got yourself a rumor that's hard to believe. Dana White's denial all but confirms it's untrue.
But if you're looking for a little hope that maybe, just maybe, this insanity will become reality, there's this tweet from McGregor's coach which, in an obviously intentional typo, suggests, well, we're not sure. You be the judge.