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McGregor vs Mayweather? Not if White Has Anything to Say

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The biggest-selling newspaper in the UK, Rupert Murdoch’s The Sun, is reporting that Conor McGregorand Floyd Mayweather Jr are set to announce that the pair will box in Vegas.

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.

Jame Beal and Matt Heath-Smith have the story.

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.”

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Highly passionate MMA Journalist, and I've followed the sport ever since my favorite fighter, Vitor Belfort won the heavyweight tournament at UFC 12. After that I've tried to go to every local MMA event around the Gulf Coast and surrounding areas and decided to make it a point to have a career in some aspect in the fighting sport other than fighting in general (didn't want to ruin my face). I'm currently enrolled at Southeastern Louisiana University working towards a degree in Communication. I cover MMA, Boxing and Football for The Daily Star newspaper in my hometown of Hammond, Louisiana, in addition to working as a promotional writer for a local Boxing promotion known as BoxnCar and I cover boxing for 8countnews.com however SciFighting.com is my home. My main goal is to bring more publicity to MMA in my area and to the sport as a whole as all of us involved with the sport are merely scratching the surface and laying the foundation of what mixed martial arts competition will be further down the road.