An excellent example of how things can change in a small amount of time, it seems Floyd Mayweather is determined for a rematch to be set up between himself and Conor McGregor, this comes after Notorious’ successful UFC comeback, having knocked out Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone in just 40 seconds.
Although technically retired in 2017 after earning a purse over 100 million dollars for his 10th-round knockout of UFC’s golden boy, the legend of boxing last fought in what was seen as a ‘farcical exhibition’ against Japanese kickboxing sensation Tenshin Nasukawa.
The fight didn’t make it past the first round after Mayweather knocked the kickboxer down three times before his corner had to throw in the towel.
At the time it was McGregor who was quick to comment on Mayweather’s fight as he responded to the event by tweeting: “That 9 million won’t keep you on top of my list for long, kid,” in reference to Forbes’ highest-paid athletes list which coincided with a promotional image of his whiskey brand Proper Twelve.
However, now McGregor is back having knocked out one of UFC’s all-time welterweight greats, it’s Mayweather who is desperate for the rematch.
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It’s understandable why it is now the American who is seeking the rematch as McGregor has a lot of excitement surrounding him, as he returns to winning ways and is looking like he is in the best shape of his career.
ESPN reporter Brett Okamoto took to Twitter after the fight to break the news on how badly Mayweather wants the rematch by stating: “Just spoke to Dana White. We finished our interview then he showed me an Instagram from Floyd Mayweather. Said Floyd has been blowing him up all night… no more details than that.”
With the proposed rematch sure to bring in a huge payday for either fighter, it is understandable why Mayweather is so eager to see a deal agreed for the two to square off again.
However, McGregor may not be too keen himself as he has his eyes on competitors in his own sport, a rematch between himself and Khabib Nurmagomedov being the most notable.
McGregor is not Mayweather’s only option as there has been much speculation around an impending rematch between himself and Manny Pacquiao, which would be sure to deliver ‘Money’ a huge payday.
The original fight between the two broke pay-per-view records and Dana White is keen to see it happen again, he commented on the matter saying he believed the fight will probably happen again and that it would make sense.
“Especially the way Manny Pacquiao has looked in his last couple of fights. That’s something that could happen. I truly believe we would add a ton of value to that fight. So anything is possible,” White said.
With a number of opponents linked to Mayweather’s return to boxing, it is becoming increasingly likely that he will return to the ring in 2020, with his most likely opponent being whoever will generate the biggest paycheque.