Floyd Mayweather raises prospect of possible Conor McGregor bout

first_imgFloyd Mayweather continues to stoke the fires of a possible return to thering after the retired multi-division champion dropped hints of apotential bout against outspoken Irish mixed-martial arts fighter ConorMcGregor.With a recent report claiming the two headliners werediscussing a fight, Mayweather advanced the speculation on the sidelines of the Canelo Alvarez and Amir Khan clash in Las Vegas at the weekend.”It’s possible. It’s possible. There was a name that was shot at me,”Mayweather told FightHype.com. “But the rumours that y’all have beenhearing (are) the rumours I started. It may not be a rumour. Keep yourfingers crossed.”The 39-year-old American retired last September after accumulating a 49-0 record during a 19-year career that producedworld titles in five weight divisions and earnings in excess of $800million.He has hardly faded from the scene, however, andMayweather appeared at ringside following boxer Adrien Broner’s victoryover Ashley Theophane last month.Broner then verbally challenged Mayweather, who laughed off that taunt but he did recently allude to acomeback in an interview with Showtime, bringing along with it whispersof a possible rematch against Manny Pacquiao.Dubbed ‘The Fightof the Century’ by promoters, their long-awaited showdown on May 2 lastyear was a disappointing affair, as Mayweather easily outpointed hisFilipino opponent in a low-key and ultra-defensive encounter.However, one more win would put Mayweather ahead of heavyweight great RockyMarciano, who also retired with a perfect 49-0 career record.”It’s not important,” Mayweather told FightHype.com of the record. “I didn’tlet a sport retire me. I was able to retire from a sport and quit on myown terms.”advertisementUFC featherweight champion McGregor was dropped fromhis rematch against welterweight Nate Diaz at UFC 200 in July forrefusing to attend a news conference to promote the event.McGregor, who was choked into submission in a non-title bout against Diaz inMarch, subsequently hinted that he could retire before making an aborted attempt to get back on the card.In response to speculationabout a possible meeting with Mayweather, the Irishman tweeted a mockpromotional poster of the two fighters face-to-face with the caption”MMA Vs Boxing.”last_img