Floyd Mayweather confirmed Wednesday morning in the Daily Mail that he is in talks for another fight with Conor McGregor for 2023. The terms of the fight are still being discussed, but Mayweather said he would have preferred the fight to be just an exhibition rather than a real boxing match.
“I don’t get into fights for which I’m going to get any real punishment,” he reportedly told the Daily Mail. “So guys like Conor McGregor and guys who don’t really hit hard like youtubers or UFC guys, I don’t really mind running into people like that, but I don’t mind putting myself in the position I’m in. going to hurt myself or hurt myself.”
Mayweather, 45, retired from boxing for the third time after he defeated McGregor August 26, 2017, 10 round TKO, his 50th career win. He has never lost a professional fight. Since retiring, Mayweather has also made several exhibition matches, most notably against internet star Logan Paul in 2020. On Sunday in Japan, he will face MMA fighter and YouTube celebrity Mikuru Asakura.
As for McGregor, he is still returning to the UFC after losing to Dustin Poirier in 2021 via TKO due to a broken tibia. He has lost three of his four fights in the UFC since fighting Mayweather, including back-to-back losses to Poirier. UFC President Dana White said in June that he hopes McGregor will be able to return to the octagon by the end of 2022 or early 2023 after recovering from his injury.
Another fight between Mayweather and McGregor is likely to be a good one for both fighters. Mayweather reportedly made $275 million from the match, while McGregor made $85 million. Forbes.