Conor McGregor might have retired but a rematch with Floyd Mayweather could be on the cards. Now fans might think with McGregor retired, how would this fight possibly occur but it must be noted here that retirements don’t actually mean much in terms of finality for the Irishman.
In 2016, he had announced his first retirement and then come back to the ring. Once again he returned from his second retirement, which he announced in 2019, with a one-round TKO victory over Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone at UFC 246. McGregor had also said that he planned to be active throughout 2020.
Meanwhile, it looked like UFC president Dana White along with Mayweather were going to work together and promote some fights. But with age not on Mayweather’s side a comeback seemed in doubt. But according to White, he does want to come back.
“Floyd and I still have dialog and go back and forth. We’re still interested on both sides,” he told TMZ.
“I know he would rematch Conor McGregor. But I don’t know if you’ve heard, but Conor McGregor is retired.”
“When I’m doing things right now and running business, I don’t even think about Conor.:
“He is retired right now. He is not fighting. Per my contract with the fighters, I owe them three fights a year. If I do not deliver three fights a year I have to pay them their money. Conor McGregor is retired.”
In 2017, McGregor was beaten by Mayweather in the Las Vegas Money Fight in 2017. Mayweather, 43, racked in around $300million while the Irishman collecting around $100million.
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Last month Mayweather added fuel to the speculations and told Forbes that he might be interested in fighting McGregor again.
“For now, I’m happily retired,” Mayweather had clarified. “You never know, but it would have to be worth it. Just like gambling right? Juice worth the squeeze no matter who the opponent is.”