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McGregor Says Mayweather Bout is Close, Eyeing September

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(Conor McGregor, photo: Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor spoke recently with the tremendous Lance Pugmire for the LA Times about the coming fight with Floyd Mayweather. The conversation came after Notorious accompanied fellow Irish fighter Michael Conlan at his prizefighting debut, and shouted directions from ringside at Madison Square Garden.

“I know what I was doing,” said McGregor. “Listen, man, I’ve been doing this my whole life.”

“I’m ready to box. I’ve been ready for a long time. The game’s going to be in shock when I step in the ring. Trust me on that.”

McGregor said he and longtime partner Dee Devlin are expecting their first child in eight weeks, and he hopes to box Mayweather in the Fall.

“[September] is what I’m thinking,” said McGregor. “That’s what the word is. That’s what we’re close to doing.

“I’ve tried to talk to Floyd. I flew to Las Vegas to have talks with Floyd and then he retired. He just doesn’t want to see me. He’s petrified. Wouldn’t you be? No one knows what to expect with me, and they shouldn’t.

“Because I don’t know what to expect either.”

There are five factors to making this match:
1. Will it make money?
2. Does Mayweather want to do it?
3. Does McGregor want to do it?
4. Will UFC president Dana White allow it?
5. Can the parties come to terms?

1-4 are all yes. Given that this will be the biggest PPV draw in boxing history vs. the biggest PPV in MMA history, the resulting continent of cash should leave ample room to find agreement. In sum, Conor McGregor will box Floyd Mayweather.

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Aaron Portier
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.