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Floyd Mayweather needs Conor McGregor fight to pay off IRS tax debt

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Why would one of the greatest pugilists in the history of the “sweet science” waste his time boxing a cage fighter with zero fights inside the ring?

Now we know.

Floyd Mayweather Jr. owes the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) a shitload of money after failing to pay taxes on his 2015 income (see it), and since he refuses to liquidate assets to make good on his debt, “Money” will have to work it off.

Enter Conor McGregor.

“Notorious” has agreed to throw down with Mayweather on Aug. 26, 2017 inside T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, a crossover fight that could pay out $100 million to both combatants.

More on that upcoming bout here.

Mayweather filed a tax court petition on July 5 asking the IRS to allow him a reprieve until his McGregor check clears, according to ESPN, while also seeking a reduction in interest charges and penalties.

Let’s hope McGregor remembers to pay tax on his whopping fight purse, lest he end up like fellow UFC superstar Nick Diaz.

Or worse, fading boxing icon Manny Pacquiao.