Floyd Mayweather Jr. will be in action later this month as part of the Super RIZIN show in Japan, where he will box Mikuru Asakura.
There’s another fight that the former boxing champ is pushing for, however: a rematch with Conor McGregor.
Mayweather won the pair’s first meeting, dubbed “The Money Fight,” in 2017, earning a TKO victory in the tenth round to improve to 50-0 as a pro boxer. It was McGregor’s first professional boxing match.
A former WBA, WBC, IBF, IBO, IBA, and The Ring welterweight champion (as well as holding belts at super featherweight earlier in his career), Mayweather retired after the bout, and his since made sporadic appearances in exhibition matches around the globe. Those include a 2018 pairing with Tenshin Nasukawa for RIZIN, and more recently, a match-up with Logan Paul.
Now, Mayweather says talks have been held about a sequel to his fight with McGregor, which could come either as an exhibition, or a proper professional fight.
“We don’t know if it’s going to be an exhibition or a real fight. But there’s been talks of both,” Mayweather, 45, said in an interview with Sportsmail recently. He would go on to state that his preference was for an exhibition contest. “I am not into fights where I am going to take any real punishment.”
Mayweather’s reason for boxing McGregor, and YouTube creators like Logan Paul, lays in the idea that they can’t actually hurt him. “So, guys like Conor McGregor and guys that don’t really hit hard such as YouTubers or UFC guys, I don’t really mind colliding with those kinds of individuals but nothing where I am going to put myself in a position where I am going to harm myself or hurt myself,” he stated.
McGregor, however, replied with just a photo of himself in the ring with Mayweather in 2017, adding the hashtag “not interested.”