The hotly-anticipated super fight between Conor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather might have just taken a giant step towards happening after the UFC champion was issued with a professional boxing licence in California.
The Irishman's agent, Audie Attar confirmed to ESPN (via the Daily Mirror) that the California State Athletic Commission had granted the licence and now executive director Andy Foster is looking for "appropriately matched-up opponents".
McGregor has previously hinted that he would be interested in a fight with the retired boxer, but did suggest – albeit with a twinkle in his eye – that he would demand $100million for the privilege.
However, promoters, fans and money spinners may find it difficult to convince Mayweather to step back into the ring as the 39-year-old was unhappy with the comparisons made between himself and the Dublin-born fighter.
And while talk over a meeting between the two men in the boxing ring has been ongoing, as of yet there has been no breakthroughs.
Mayweather, who retired with a stellar record of 49-0, felt that the comparisons between the two of them were disrespectful, despite McGregor having made history at UFC 205 by being the first man to hold two titles across two weight divisions at the same time.
UFC chief Dana White recently hit out at Mayweather and told him to have respect for McGregor because there is nobody on earth who can do what he does.
“Conor McGregor, if he touches you, you go to sleep,” the report has White as saying.
"Floyd puts people to sleep too, with his fighting style, not with his hands.
"Floyd can say what he wants about Conor, but even other fighters have to respect him. He’s special.
"Floyd’s never even come close to doing to other fighters what Conor does.”
Mayweather's last fight came against Andre Berto in September 2015, and so far he has shown no interest in coming out of retirement for anybody, but a big money bout with McGregor will likely be the closest thing to convincing him to step in the ring once again.
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