It’s been about a year now, and the words among Floyd Mayweather-Conor McGregor continue.
In a interview with Showtime this past Friday night, the boxing icon has reiterated the time is now for the fight between the two big combat sports names to happen.
"I’m here to say today, 2-24 on my birthday, they keep throwing the Conor McGregor name out there. Conor McGregor, like I said before, I’m here. Let’s make it happen," Mayweather said. "Let’s make the fight happen. Let’s give the fans what they want to see. There’s only one fight out there that’s important and that’s Mayweather and Conor McGregor."
— SHOWTIME Boxing (@ShowtimeBoxing) February 25, 2017
According to Mayweather, the biggest roadblock on the path to this bout right now is McGregor’s employers at the UFC. Mayweather said since McGregor, the UFC lightweight champion, is under exclusive contract, the UFC has to sign off on the fight. There’s even a chance in this scenario they ask to be a co-promoter for the bout.
When asked about how much money he would need to fight McGregor, Mayweather said that shouldn’t matter right now.
"We already know what my number is. My team and us, our number is there," Mayweather said. "He has to get his thing in order with his team. Once Conor McGregor speaks with the UFC and his bosses, and then we can make it happen. Because we already know that Floyd Mayweather is his own boss. We’ve got Showtime [pay-per-view], Mayweather Promotions, which is the past and present and the future of sports and entertainment."
Some still criticize the hype of this fight and say it is a waste of time, as this fight would bring two great fighters from two different sports together. Oddsmakers currently have Mayweather listed as much as a 25-to-1 favorite.
But, Mayweather says, don’t count McGregor out.
"Every time Conor McGregor goes out there and compete and win, he do it standing up," Mayweather said. "When Conor McGregor did lose, he lost on the ground. He didn’t lose standing up. So he’s a hell of a fighter and a very, very tough competitor and he has the will to win.
"The UFC gloves is no different from boxing gloves, they just a little bit smaller but if a guy got power, he got power and Conor McGregor got power."