One of the most profitable fights in the history of martial arts could be a rematch in 2023. Floyd Mayweather Jr said in interview with sportsmail that he and UFC superstar Conor McGregor are working out the final details to play out their 2017 fight.
During the interview, Mayweather stated that it has not yet been confirmed whether the fight will be held as a professional event or as an exhibition. He stated that he preferred the exhibition, saying, “I don’t get into fights where I’m going to take any real punishment.”
Mayweather won the first fight via TKO in the 10th round after a significant lead on the official scoresheets. After McGregor outmaneuvered Mayweather in the early rounds, Mayweather stepped up his punches starting in the fourth round, surpassing the UFC star.
This fight was Mayweather’s last pro fight as he ended his career with a perfect 50-0 record. It was McGregor’s professional boxing debut after establishing himself as the biggest mixed martial arts star on the planet by winning both UFC featherweight and lightweight titles.
Since retiring, Mayweather has had three exhibition bouts, facing Japanese kickboxer Tenshin Nasukawa, social media star Logan Paul and former sparring partner Don Moore. After the Nasukawa stoppage in the first round, there was no official winner under the rules of the exhibition in the fights with Paul and Moore. He is expected to return to the ring for another show in November against social media star Deji, KSI’s brother.
McGregor returned to his UFC career after losing to Mayweather in their first fight and has been 1-3 ever since. In his most recent fight, McGregor suffered a grotesque leg fracture, resulting in his second consecutive TKO loss.