Though Floyd Mayweather is on the record saying he wants to fight UFC star Conor McGregor in June, the Irish fighter is targeting a different date for the mega-fight.
As the legendary boxer and McGregor try to set up a boxing match that would be one of the biggest fights in history, the drama has played out in a very public way.
Everyone has seemingly weighed in on whether they think the fight will actually happen and who they think would win if it does take place.
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Now, according to MMAFighting.com, McGregor has announced his target date for the fight, which he wants to happen in September:
“[September] is what I’m thinking," McGregor said. "That’s what the word is. That’s what we’re close to doing.
“I’ve tried to talk to Floyd. I flew to Las Vegas to have talks with Floyd and then he retired. He just doesn’t want to see me. He’s petrified. Wouldn’t you be? No one knows what to expect with me, and they shouldn’t.
“Because I don’t know what to expect either.”
Obviously, since the two fighters can't even agree on the month in which the fight should take place at this point, there's still a lot of work to be done before fans see them get in the ring together.
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Still, it's promising that they both seem on board with the plan and are willing to make the fight happen. McGregor said he's been working on his boxing skills and thinks he can take Mayweather down:
“I’m ready to box," he said. "I’ve been ready for a long time. The game’s going to be in shock when I step in the ring. Trust me on that.”
That will be easier said than done, obviously, as Mayweather is 49-0 in his legendary boxing career. The chance to go a perfect 50-0 and best Rocky Marciano's all-time record will have Money extra motivated to teach the loud-mouthed UFC star a lesson.
However, McGregor, at age 28, is 12 years younger than Mayweather, so he has the youth element on his side. He's at his physical prime, even though he hasn't fought (UFC or otherwise) since he defeated Eddie Alvarez in November of last year.
Mayweather, at age 40, hasn't fought since taking down Andre Berto in September of 2015, so he's had an even longer hiatus from serious competition than McGregor.
We can talk for hours about hypotheticals for this potential mega-fight, though. At least today's news gives fighting fans a tangible target date so we can see the legendary fighters settle it in the ring.
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