Stop me if you’ve heard this one before.
Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) President Dana White insists his lightweight champion, Conor McGregor, will NOT fight retired boxing legend Floyd Mayweather Jr. in a boxing vs. mixed martial arts (MMA) crossover fight.
Then again, White also said UFC wasn’t for sale.
“Conor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather have agreed to a deal to fight and have both settled on their respective fees,” a source close to “Notorious” told the Irish Sun. “The contract hasn’t officially been signed yet because of a third party hold-up, but all the details have been agreed on.”
Then we have this:
Breaking: NSAC chairman Marnell confirms there have been "real discussions" with "the real players involved" on McGregor vs. Mayweather.— Brett Okamoto (@bokamotoESPN) February 14, 2017
The fight could be announced within two weeks, according to the report.
In addition, Mayweather told ESPN that his oft-teased McGregor showdown is “very, very close” while attending last Saturday's Golden State Warriors-Oklahoma City Thunder basketball game.
I guess that means he can’t do this.
While his combat sports brethren believe this is nothing more than a publicity stunt, White has gone on record to make a legitimate offer to Mayweather, though each side has a different idea of who brings what to the table, at least in terms of revenue.
Hey, I guess anything is possible.