If you were one of the gullible goons who thought that Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor were serious about actually fighting, here's some bad news: They weren't.
In an interview with FightHype.com, Mayweather finally admitted that it will never happen. "I tried to make the fight happen between me and Conor McGregor," he said. "We wasn’t able to make the fight happen, so we must move on."
That's not true, of course. Mayweather never tried to make this boxing/MMA superclash happen and neither did McGregor. They're not idiots. But they are excellent self promoters, and self-promotion is what's always been at the heart of this "fight."
Remember when it first became a thing? McGregor had just gotten into a public spat with the UFC over fulfilling his promotional obligations related to his re-match with Nate Diaz at UFC 200. The fight was cancelled and he threatened retirement. Then, voila, a juicy rumor about a fight with Mayweather and all the attention that followed.
That's what this new quote from Mayweather is about too—attention. This "fight" has been off the public's radar for months and "Money" knows he can get some fresh publicity by talking about it yet again.
Mayweather knows that if he throws out another outlandish claim, he'll get even more attention. So that's what he did, telling FightHype.com, "I feel honored to be the biggest name in MMA and in boxing and I don't even compete no more." It'll be interesting to see how that one goes over with McGregor.