It has become a story of intrigue and mystery to rival even those of the famous Sherlock Holmes. Though Floyd Mayweather has become a master of the “will they, won’t they?” story line since he took charge of his own promotional duties through his company Mayweather Promotions, has anything the hype master ever achieved come close to garnering this level of fanfare and bluster from fans and commentators alike?
One immediately thinks of his fight with Manny Pacquiao, which took the better part of a decade to come to fruition, and failed to live up to the enormous levels of hype that its labyrinthine story had garnered.
While the pomp and circumstance surrounding that bout was largely due to the prodigious skill of the two boxers and the intriguing match up that they presented, Mayweather’s potential fight with Conor McGregor finds its appeal largely through the perceived incongruity of the two fighters, coming as they do from two separate fighting disciplines.
Though many in the world of boxing are greeting the potential bout between Conor McGregor and Floyd “Money” Mayweather with an upturned nose and a derisive snort, The Notorious certainly isn’t among those of little faith, who believe that the fight would be akin to a leisurely Sunday afternoon stroll for Floyd Mayweather Jr.
Rumours of negotiations between 28-year-old UFC fighter Conor McGregor and undefeated boxing legend Mayweather Junior have been circulating for months – every time it appears that the fight is all but agreed, extenuating circumstance or denials from the fighters themselves have served to crush fans’ hopes. Now, though, that all appears to have changed.
It seems that, finally, after months of red herrings and false trails, of vain hopes dashed cruelly against the rocks, we can start to get seriously excited about the reality of Conor McGregor vs Floyd Mayweather. McGregor himself, speaking to The Mac Life, has confirmed that he has agreed terms and signed a contract for the fight;
“It is an honour to sign this record breaking deal alongside my partners Zuffa LLC, The Ultimate Fighting Championship and Paradigm Sports Management. The first, and most important part of this historic contract has now officially been signed off on. Congratulations to all parties involved. We now await Al Haymon and his boxer’s signature in the coming days.”
It is the most unequivocal piece of evidence we have thus far that a fight between the pair is a reality to which we can look forward in the very near future. Dana White, who had at one point been considered a major stumbling block for the bout due to McGregor’s contract with him in the UFC also seemed to confirm that the fight is close to being signed off on by both fighters.
Talking to Shaquille O’Neal on TNT’s postgame show for the NBA Eastern Conference Finals, White affirmed: “McGregor’s side is done, I’m starting to work on the Mayweather side now. I got one side done, now it’s time to work on the other.” Fight fans everywhere; it’s time to get excited, it seems like we are a matter of days away from a big announcement on the new fight of the century.