While The Sun is a tabloid, it does not do batboy eaten by aliens stories, so there is likely something to it, although likely not near as much as they report.
FLOYD MAYWEATHER and Conor McGregor are on the verge of agreeing the richest fight in boxing history.
The Sun can reveal that undefeated Mayweather, considered one of the greatest boxers of all time, is set to go toe-to-toe with the UFC star in Las Vegas this summer.
Money Mayweather — currently retired with the joint best boxing record in history of 49 wins from 49 fights — is set to earn £100million (US$145,000,000) in the boxing bout, while McGregor will take home £7million (US$10,000,000).
Both sides just have to agree on the purse and sign the paperwork — which sources say is imminent — and an announcement is likely to be made in the coming weeks.
A source told The Sun: “Floyd went mad after Conor said he would crush him and knock him out in 30 seconds, he’s obsessed with making Conor eat his words.
“Floyd is calling the shots. It’s strictly boxing and Conor will have to lose roughly 25lbs.
“It was agreed in principle on May 2, but Floyd wouldn’t reveal the identity of his opponent until last night when he told friends he’ll be fighting Conor.”
The outspoken pair have clashed before when Mayweather claimed the Irishman’s popularity was partly down to racism.
Earlier today the UK Sun reported that Conor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather had agreeing to a box match and even agreed to terms, but not yet signed. The news sent the MMA world a buzz with speculation even though most knew the fight was very unlikely especially with the Sun’s reputation.
Kevin Iole of Yahoo Sports was able to speak to UFC President Dana White about the report who of course shut it down directly:
With Conor McGregor seemingly at odds with the UFC and with Floyd Mayweather hinting about ending his retirement, a report that emerged from The Sun, a U.K. tabloid, that Mayweather and McGregor were on the verge of a deal for a fight, was given an ever so slight bit of credibility.
The Sun reported Mayweather would make $144 million while McGregor would get $10.1 million in U.S. dollars.
But UFC president Dana White laughed when asked if the report was true. He said it is completely false.
“It’s not true; it’s just a tabloid story,” White said. “And as far as I knew, Floyd is retired and he’s been on a world-wide vacation and hasn’t even been thinking of fighting.”