McGregor signs his half of the Mayweather deal
UFC Lightweight World Champion Conor McGregor has this morning confirmed that he has signed his part of what he described as “historic” deal to fight the unbeaten five weight boxing world champion, Floyd Mayweather. This historic fight has been talked about for over a year now, at first the sporting world thought it was just pipe talk as there were so many obstacles to overcome for this to happen.
Mayweather officially retired after beating Andre Berto at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas in September 2015, the victory over Berto took Mayweather’s record to 49-0, and we thought we had seen the last of Mayweather in the ring. Ever since Mayweather retired, the pair have been in a constant battle over social media, fueling speculation that the world biggest super fight could happen. On a tour of the UK in March Mayweather officially came out of retirement
“Now Conor McGregor, I'm officially coming out of retirement just to fight Conor McGregor. I don't wanna hear anymore excuses about the money.
"Sign the paperwork with the UFC so you can fight me in June, simple and plain. Let's fight in June. You're the B-Side, I'm the A-side.
"I'm tired of all this crying about money and blowing smoke up everybody's a**. If you want to fight, sign the paperwork and let's do it."
The two most important stumbling blocks for the fight were; 1, McGregor had to obtain a boxing license, because he was at loggerheads with the Nevada State Athletic Commission over an unpaid fine. This obstacle now seems to have been negated after Anthony Marnell Chairman of the NSAC released the following statement
“He has a settlement agreement he’s agreed to, so he needs to drop his legal action that he was talking about taking, he needs to pay his fine and pay the attorney, and then he would be eligible for a boxing license.
"That could happen today or whenever that happens. As long as he’s done what he’s agreed to, he’s probably going to get a boxing license."
The final hurdle was that McGregor would need to get the backing of UFC president Dana White. With McGregor under contract to the UFC, the Irish star would need to find an arrangement that UFC would allow him to take the biggest fight in history. At first White had dismissed the possibility of the fight happening, but now it looks like there is no reason why it can’t.
White confirmed this morning "The McGregor side is done," White told ESPN. "I'm starting to work on the Mayweather side now.
"I'm not saying the fight will happen, but I've got one side done, now it's time to work on the other. If we can come to a deal with Haymon and Mayweather, the fight's gonna happen."
Shortly after White’s statement, McGregor told themaclife.com “The first and most important part of this historic contract has now officially been signed off on, Congratulations to all parties involved."
Now we all eagerly wait for Floyd Mayweather’s response, and a date to be set for the biggest fight in history.
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