Conor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather entrenched deep in negotiations for rematch

The biggest MMA star Conor McGregor is in discussion to have a rematch with boxing star Floyd Mayweather Jr. Both parties are currently arguing over rules for their crossover rematch.

Conor McGregor snapped his leg back in June of last year when he faced Dustin Poirier at UFC 264. The 33-year-old hasn’t appeared in the octagon since then. But, the time for his blockbuster return is just around the corner as McGregor revealed that his leg is now healed and is now back to training. McGregor also showed interest in having another boxing match.

McGregor has long teased about his UFC return – but while he was all about Usman, Oliveira and even Chandler during his lay off, he’s suspiciously silent right now.

UFC seems to be in some sort of dispute with him behind the scenes, as evidenced by his drop in rankings. Initially McGregor went up in rankings over Tony Ferguson despite his long lay off. But then as the talks of a come back died down he dropped substantially in the official UFC rankings.

UFC rankings in June
UFC rankings in June
McGregor dropped in rankings despite holding his spot for over a year

Conor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather squared off in T-Mobile Arena back in August 2017 in a blockbuster boxing match. It was the second highest grossing combat sports PPV of all time.

With such an interesting build up with the two biggest names in boxing and MMA, many fans wondered if the pair will share the same ring again. During an interview with Sky Sports, McGregor revealed his plan if his injury finally healed.

“Boxing is my first love in combat sports. I had such a great time the last time I was out there. Obviously, my return will be in the octagon for UFC. That story is far from over, in fact it’s just being written. It is just the beginning but boxing, for sure, I will grace the squared circle again in the future.” McGregor said.

Unfortunately, unlike their previous match, UFC president Dana White disapproved of the pair having a sequel.

“Not me, I’m not talking about that. Conor’s return will be in the cage. Conor’s looking to come back at the end of this year, early next year.” White said on The Jim Rome Show.

However, a source from The Sun confirmed that their boxing match is close to materializing and the parties are in discussion right now. The report said McGregor only wants it if it’s a professional boxing match, and it will be the last time Floyd Mayweather ever stepped in the ring professionally

“providing Floyd is willing to put his professional record on the line – so the bout will not be an exhibition, it will be an official. It will be at 155lb. That’s what we know so far.” The report said.

“It will be the last time Floyd ever steps in the ring so it is not one to miss. The deal is very close to being done. Personal terms have been agreed on both parties. It will be one final showdown. And yes records will be at stake. Floyd sees it as the end of the Mayweather era and the beginning of the Gervonta Davis era.”

“He believes it will be the biggest night boxing will have ever seen and has been saying ‘People best be ready because it’s going to be something spectacular’‘. There are arguments about the rounds at the moment with Conor’s team wanting 10 rounds. But the deal and rights are certainly getting there.”