Floyd Mayweather has confirmed a 2023 rematch with Conor McGregor is in the pipeline and said the highly-anticipated rematch could be a professional fight.
It’s been almost five years since Mayweather gave the UFC superstar a boxing lesson and secured a tenth-round TKO victory in Las Vegas in August 2017.
Mayweather has now revealed he is in final negotiations with McGregor over the terms of their 2023 rematch, revealing it could be a professional fight.
Only speak to sports mailMayweather discussed his plans for the rest of the year and revealed he could face McGregor in a professional fight in 2023.
Mayweather said: “I want to go out and have fun this weekend [against Mikuru Asakura]. Then I have another exhibition in Dubai in November and me and Conor McGregor in 2023.
“We don’t know if it will be an exhibition of a real fight. But there have been talks about both. I would prefer an exhibition.”
When asked why he would prefer exhibition, Mayweather said, “I don’t go into fights where I’m going to take real punishment.
“So, people like Conor McGregor and people who don’t hit really hard like YouTubers or UFC people, I don’t mind bumping into people like that, but nothing where I’m going to put myself in a position that I’m in will harm myself or hurt me.’
Mayweather’s duel with the Notorious proved to be his last professional fight, bringing his record to 50 wins and zero losses or ties.
Mayweather – who insists he wouldn’t change a thing about his career – is said to have made around $280 million from the blockbuster fight.
Meanwhile, McGregor reportedly took home $130 million from his first and only boxing match.
Since then, McGregor has suffered three losses in his last four UFC fights. He also took some time off the Octagon after breaking his leg against Dustin Poirier.
Despite this, McGregor confirmed his desire to return to boxing while competing in the Monaco Formula 1 Grand Prix.
He told Sky Sports: “Boxing is my first martial arts love. I had such a great time the last time I was out there.
“Of course my return will be in the octagon for UFC – this story is far from over, it’s just being written, it’s just the beginning. But boxing, I’m sure I’ll grace the square circle again in the future.’
Meanwhile, Mayweather will be back in action this weekend when he takes on MMA fighter Asakura in an exhibition bout in Japan.
You can catch Floyd Mayweather live on FITE TV this Saturday, September 24th in the fight against Mikuru Asakura