A fight between Conor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather has become a possibility now that the UFC star has been issued a professional boxing license in California, as reported by MMAFighting.com.
McGregor’s agent Audie Attar told ESPN last night that the issuance of the boxing license was confirmed by the California State Athletic Commission.
The legendary UFC star made history yet again this month after becoming the first fighter to hold two UFC belts at the same time following a second-round knockout of Eddie Alvarez in their lightweight championship bout.
This report comes a few days after the UFC stripped McGregor of his featherweight championship title, which he won less than 12 months ago. The vacated title was claimed by interim holder Jose Aldo, whom Conor beat in December last year via a 13-second KO.
California State Athletic Commission executive officer Andy Foster confirmed to MMAFighting.com that Conor McGregor is now officially a California boxer.
“He got a licence today and a federal ID. He’s a California boxer now.”
“I’d love to see him fight in California,” Mr. Foster said. “It just needs to be the right opponent. Certainly a high-level opponent. We’re happy to license him. We’re happy he’s a California fighter.”
Conor McGregor has been teasing fight fans about a possible fight with Floyd Mayweather Jr., although no official plans have been announced yet, according to multiple sources.
“If the odds were good enough, I’d put a few quid on it for next year,” McGregor’s coach John Kavanagh said this week.
“I’m not breaking any news saying that there’s conversations going back and forth for the last year or so.”
“Is it getting any close? I don’t know, but it certainly wouldn’t surprise me that it’s going to happen.”
McGregor recently said that he wanted $100 million to fight Floyd Mayweather inside the boxing ring.
“He wants it under boxing rules. He wants a boxing match. He doesn’t want a fight,” Conor addressed the crowd at a club appearance, as reported by TMZ Sports.
“Tell Floyd and Showtime, I’m coming. Tell him to go to them Showtime offices. I want $100 million cash to fight you under boxing rules cause he’s afraid of a real fight,” McGregor challenged.
Mayweather, however, was having none of it, calling the comparisons between him and McGregor “disrespectful.”
“I’m an elephant, elephant don’t beef with ants. Elephant is so large, he don’t even see ants,” Mayweather said.
Floyd reiterated his point in a recent Instagram post showing a photo of a $100 million check, suggesting that the unbeaten boxer is “happily retired” and that he won’t ever fight for money again.
Gotta love these backseat drivers so worried about another man's legacy instead of trying to write their own. Ultimately, I will always have the last laugh. This is just one of my many checks, a cool $100,000,000.00 that I still have every dime of. Y'all still have to work however, I'm happily retired. At the end of the day, it's them Benjamin Franklins that matter to me, so the jokes on you. I've made smart investments, sorry for those who thought that I couldn't read, write, or count. Y'all call them watches, I call them time pieces. Y'all call them boats, I call them yachts. Y'all call them houses, I call them mansions. Y'all charter jets and we own jets. #TMT
“Gotta love these backseat drivers so worried about another man’s legacy instead of trying to write their own. Ultimately, I will always have the last laugh. This is just one of my many checks, a cool $100,000,000.00 that I still have every dime of. Y’all still have to work however, I’m happily retired. At the end of the day, it’s them Benjamin Franklins that matter to me, so the jokes on you. I’ve made smart investments, sorry for those who thought that I couldn’t read, write, or count. Y’all call them watches, I call them time pieces. Y’all call them boats, I call them yachts. Y’all call them houses, I call them mansions. Y’all charter jets and we own jets. #TMT“
The check is dated May 2, 2015, the date in which Mayweather beat Pacquiao in their record-breaking bout. The Mayweather-Pacquiao fight generated an unprecedented 4.6 million pay per view purchases and raked in over $600 million in revenue.
Some experienced judges say that Conor McGregor can more than hold his own against the pound-for-pound boxing champion, noting the superior striking skills he showed throughout his UFC career.
UFC 205: Conor McGregor knocks out Eddie Alvarez in second round for lightweight titl https://t.co/wH6Q2VewGZ— Elisa Robeldo (@ElisaRobeldo1) November 16, 2016
“It comes along once in a lifetime or once every hundred years or what not,” said Mark Henry, the striking coach of UFC lightweight Eddie Alvarez. “I think God has just blessed him with a swing that I’ll probably never see again. Before this fight, I would highly doubt him fighting Mayweather, but I think this dude can take out Mayweather. I’m not even joking.”
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