Lennox Lewis tweets his views on Mayweather v McGregor 2 with 'modified rules'

  • Jack Figg
Floyd Mayweather Jr. v Conor McGregor

Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor are in negotiations for a rematch.

The two fighting kings set the fight world a light last year as a fight was finally materialised between the two in August 2017 following years of constant back of fourths between both Mayweather and McGregor, with the final outcome grossing an estimated £446million total revenue.

The bout went ten rounds and despite McGregor ultimately getting stopped on his feet, early success in the opening sessions and a competitive effort from the Irishman have led to rumours of a second fight taking place in UFC.

Extraordinary rumours and reports have circulated that Mayweather is set to make a surge in the world of MMA and sign with the UFC, with a rematch with McGregor in place under ‘modified rules’.

Omar Al Raisi of Dantani Sports Network reported the rules would disqualify the use of kicks, takedowns, elbows, or knees, with certain things such as the clinch being allowed. The bout would be with 4 ounce gloves, no shoes, five-five minute rounds in 155 division within the UFC.

And now, former world heavyweight champion Lennox Lewis had his say on this bizarre hybrid fight on Twitter.

He wrote: "So I’m hearing that @FloydMayweather and @TheNotoriousMMA will fight again in the octagon with modified rules! No kicks, no knees, no elbows, no takedowns? But isn’t this just Boxing in the octagon?”

Although talk of the rematch taking place under these unusual circumstances, UFC president Dana White reacted to the news with a brief comment on Twitter.

He wrote: “None of that is even close to true. Dumbest s**t i have ever heard.”

McGregor recently lost his UFC lightweight title following Khabib Nurmagomedov’s win over Al Iaquinta at UFC 223 freeing up ‘The Notorious’ to compete in a blockbuster rematch with ‘Money’ Mayweather.

Neither fighter have officially commented on the rumours of the potential rematch, with McGregor dealing with legal issues following his bus fiasco prior to UFC 223 which led to Mayweather commenting ‘McGregor has other things to deal with’ when questioned about a rematch.

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However, McGregor has made it known he would welcome a second fight following an interview with the BBC predicting he would win a rematch.

He told the BBC: “If I had a rematch, I would correct it, and I would beat him. He’s retired. I’m not gonna start calling him out all the time. I’m gonna leave him to it. If it happens — maybe it will — who knows? I would beat him. No doubt.”

Mayweather is yet to officially confirm a transition to MMA following a boxing career lasting 21 years. 

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