During the Showtime broadcast of Premier Boxing Champions, featuring the Carl Frampton vs. Leo Santa Cruz II main event, Floyd Mayweather was interviewed about the latest regarding a potential superfight with him and UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor.
Despite months of rumors and endless hope, Mayweather may have given some more bright light to boxing and MMA fans who want to see this fight happen.
"The fans want this fight. The fans have been asking for this fight," Mayweather said. "It’s all about entertainment. He’s very entertaining. He’s very outspoken like myself. So let’s give the fans what they want to see."
Earlier on Saturday, McGregor took part in a live Q&A session with Ariel Helwani in Manchester, England, with an audience of about 5,000. To little to no surprise, most of the questions asked focused on the potential fight with Mayweather. McGregor said that he believes the fight will probably happen at the end of this year or early next year.
"That fight is being more than explored — that fight has been in the works for a while now," McGregor said. "It’s a fight the people want, it’s the fight I want."
UFC President Dana White made an offer of $25 million for the fight to happen, but Mayweather turned it down. McGregor says it’s because Mayweather has had fights that are worth a lot more, citing the $100 million in guaranteed purse Mayweather had when he fought Manny Pacquiao in May 2015.
"I’m happy an offer was made, we’re getting there," McGregor said. "We’re moving up. It’s still not there yet, but it’s closing in on it. If Manny and Floyd did half a billion, this is a billion dollar fight. People gotta pay for it."
White, however, is less than optimistic this fight will ever occur.
"The chances are about the same as me being the backup quarterback for [Tom] Brady on [Super Bowl] Sunday," he said on Saturday during the UFC’s Fight Night event.
But Mayweather shares the same positive mindset as his foe.
"I believe the fight could happen. He’s a tough competitor and has proved throughout the years in the UFC that he can fight standing up," Mayweather said. "So, we’ll just have to see what the future holds."
And White’s own champion fighter, McGregor, has even guaranteed he will be in a boxing ring next. To him, the Mayweather bout is his ultimate focus. This may also be in part because McGregor may not be exactly thrilled with his potential UFC opponents and challengers, ranging from lightweight title contenders Khabib Nurmagomedov and Tony Ferguson to familiar foes like Jose Aldo and Nate Diaz.
"The next time I fight I will step through the ropes with gloves on," McGregor said. "I got my eyes on one thing and that’s Floyd Mayweather."