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Mayweather Vs McGregor: Speculation increases for “Superfight”

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Dana White reached out to Floyd Mayweather this past week, sparking further rumours of a possible “Superfight” between the undefeated boxer Mayweather and Irish martial artist, Connor McGregor. White laid out terms for the long-awaited bout with “$25 million” on offer for both participants; what White called “a real offer.”

The speculation regarding a fight between the two has been going on for some time now. Whether it’s on Twitter or in press conferences, the information offered by the fighters themselves has been difficult to verify in terms of anything materialising. McGregor, as an employee of the UFC, would need their blessing were he to join Mayweather in any competitive format. Therefore, this news is a substantial step towards a fight between the outspoken, and highly popular, pair.

The bout, were it to happen, would be a boxing match; likely to Mayweather’s advantage. McGregor, a boxer in his youth, is often commended for his pugilistic prowess in the Octagon. Mayweather, currently holding an astonishing record of 49-0 with 26 KO’s, will likely not enter the ring unless he feels as able as he did in 2015’s “Fight of the Century” against Manny Pacquiao.

Two individuals, who have dominated the arenas in which they compete, offer an intriguing match-up. McGregor would be without the options of grappling, kicking or wrestling. This alone would be a challenging task without the opponent being as skilled or as established as Mayweather.

On the other hand, Mayweather is approaching 40 years of age. Certainly, he will be able to approach excellent levels of fitness despite this, but hours in the gym can only do so much. He has crafted a spotless career with careful and deliberate decisions on his opponents; Mayweather’s rightful pride at his success is as much of an obstacle as anything else.

McGregor secured a boxing license back in December, and the pair have both expressed strong interest in participating. When the fight would happen is unclear, but it almost certainly will happen if Mayweather, in particular, is comfortable with the terms and expects to be able to put up a suitable defence of his untarnished record. Both have things to lose; McGregor’s need to defend his remaining Lightweight belt will surely take precedence over a fight like this. $25 million would cast a shadow over anything McGregor has earned from any individual match. These two men have financial interests potent enough to trigger a fight sooner rather than later.

Nothing is confirmed, of course. However, this latest comment from Dana White holds weight as a legitimate turning point after months of rumours. With both under the constraints of time, we can remain quietly hopeful for one of the most hotly anticipated match-ups of the decade coming to fruition before the year is out.

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Tom Killeen

Tom Killeen

Sports Editor at The Yorker. 3rd Year History Undergrad.