Floyd Mayweather Jr: 'Conor McGregor fight very close'

Both McGregor and Mayweather have spent the best part of a year teasing the possibility of the cross-sport spectacle that would surely be the richest fight in combat sport history.

A report by the Irish Sun on Tuesday revealed that the two sides have reached an agreement for a mega-fight in Las Vegas.

One will have to wait and see whether that transpires.

Floyd Mayweather Jr. says that he is "very, very close" to securing a fight with MMA star Conor McGregor.

"He would mainly bring up Floyd in passing, but over the past month or two it's started to become more serious".

More recently, Mayweather said, "I believe the fight could happen". That is what is enough to get him in the frame for a fight with Floyd Mayweather, even though in sporting terms he does not merit it.

McGregor is under contract with the UFC, and despite the bout being negotiated as a boxing match and not a mixed martial arts fight, his contract would require either permission from the UFC or the promotion's involvement.

The issue for McGregor is that this strategy has never worked against Floyd Mayweather, who is a defensive mastermind who has proved to be hard to hit even from the world's most talented boxers.

McGregor attained his boxing license late previous year and is reportedly in the process of resolving his issues with the Nevada State Athletic Commission.

McGregor hasn't fought for the UFC since becoming Lightweight Champion in November, and has nothing on his schedule as he awaits the birth of his first child.

The UFC also hosted a fight night last December in Albany and will bring a pay-per-view UFC 210 to Buffalo this April. White has said that all negotiations for a potential Mayweather-McGregor fight would have to go through him. As Marnell said, there are several parties involved that are demanding a huge slice of the pie. As reported by MMA Mania, during the UFC 208 Q&A session Friday, the Russian also called McGregor "not loyal" and "disrespectful of the UFC".

  • Loretta Pittman