Conor McGregor isn’t interested in a rematch with his undefeated boxing rival Floyd Mayweather Jr, although the pair reportedly netted $600 million when “Money” easily defeated the UFC legend in 2017.
Mayweather recently claimed that a rematch with McGregor in 2023 was being discussed as either an exhibition or an official fight, but McGregor snapped back on Instagram and wrote: “#notinterested”.
It’s been nearly five years since Mayweather and McGregor teamed up in a mega crossover fight in Las Vegas in August 2017, which saw “Money” give the UFC superstar a boxing lesson by earning an easy TKO win in secured the tenth round.
Only speak to sports mailMayweather discussed his plans for the rest of the year and detailed how he might face McGregor again.
“I want to go out and have fun this weekend [against Mikuru Asakura]’ Mayweather said of an upcoming MMA fight for which he could reportedly earn $20 million for nine minutes of action. “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 or 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 McGregor proved to be his last professional fight, bringing his record to 50 wins and zero losses or ties.
He’s reportedly made around $280 million from the Blockbuster fight, not to mention his alleged gambling winnings, which he’s occasionally referenced over the years.
Meanwhile, McGregor took home a reported $130 million from his first and only pro boxing match, despite looking like the freshman he was.
Retired welterweight and McGregor’s sparring partner Paulie Malignaggi (36-8) thought the UFC star was a weak challenge.
“Just think of it this way,” Malignaggi told DailyMail.com in 2017, explaining that he hadn’t trained before their sparring sessions. “If I can show up in 20, 30 percent shape, less than 24 hours [after] do a cross country flight and go 12 rounds with you and defeat you in most of the 12 rounds, you have a problem when you go up against Floyd Mayweather.
During McGegor’s training camp, the MMA star’s team posted pictures of him allegedly dominating Malignaggi on social media. However, the Brooklyn-born Malignaggi insists he was pushed onto the silver screen and that the images were misleading and were meant to give fans confidence McGregor had a chance to beat Mayweather.
“People choose to be fooled,” Malignaggi said of the throngs of McGregor supporters who bought tickets and bet on the fighter. “They wanted to be deceived, but the writing was on the wall.”
Another sparring partner, South African welterweight Chris Van Heerden, told the Wall Street Journal in 2017 that he didn’t “give.” [McGregor] every chance’ on the way to battle.
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