The ongoing saga between Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor has just taken a very intriguing turn. During a recent stop on the UK leg of his Undefeated tour, Mayweather announced that he’s coming out of retirement for the sole purpose of getting in the ring with McGregor.
For all the talk that has built up around the putative showdown between Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor being about the best pound‑for‑pound boxer of the past quarter of a century taking on the brightest star in the history of mixed martial arts, it is not. It has all the hallmarks of a mismatch. This one, like nearly all the others, is about the money.
Manny Pacquiao has kindly thrown a little more fuel on the fire where a fight between Conor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather is concerned. According to an exclusive Fox Sports report, the Filipino boxing star (and senator in his home country) has indicated that if Mayweather—his longtime nemesis—isn’t willing to come out of retirement and throw down with the MMA megastar, he’ll gladly give it a shot.
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The speculation began again on Saturday night. In Las Vegas, Manny Pacquiao returned to the ring for a fight with Jessie Vargas. Sitting ringside was Floyd Mayweather. Pacquiao reportedly invited him and Mayweather’s decision to show up has led many to believe that he will soon give Pacquiao a chance to avenge his blowout 2015 loss to the man they call “Money.”
Floyd Mayweather seems happily retired—aside from the regular and likely meaningless doses of smack talk from Conor McGregor—but it looks like Manny Pacquiao isn’t done yet. In a title bout against Jessie Vargas in Vegas on November 5, Pacquiao showed that he’s still a total pro and precise tactician in the ring. He ended up with the WBO welterweight title for his troubles. And Mayweather was watching.
Heading into his fight with Canelo Alvarez on Saturday night, WBO light-middleweight champion Liam Smith had a record of 23-0-1 and he had knocked plenty of guys out, but he had never been knocked out himself. That all ended when Canelo landed an absolutely devastating blow to Smith’s body in the 9th round of their fight.