Is the dream match of Conor McGregor versus Floyd Mayweather closer to becoming a reality? After the UFC fighter was stripped of his featherweight championship, Conor went and got licensed as a boxer! Is the ‘Notorious’ one challenging ‘Money’ to a fight?
It’s true. Conor, 28, is now a registered boxer. “He got a license [on Nov. 30] and a federal ID,” Andy Foster, California State Athletic Commission executive officer, told MMAFighting.com. “He’s a California boxer now.” Wow. Conor’s deadly left hand has led him to success – including making history in the Ultimate Fighting Championship organization by winning championships in two separate weight classes. Is he about to take his skills to the boxing world?
“He’s qualified,” Andy Foster told MMAFighting.com. “I’d love to see him fight in California. It just needs to be the right opponent. Certainly a high-level opponent. We’re happy to license him. We’re happy he’s a California fighter.”
A “high-level” opponent, eh? How about an undefeated boxer who’s known to have a bigger mouth than the loudest trash-talker in MMA history? Floyd Mayweather, 39, has been throwing shade at Conor, who has been happy to fire back. “I’m a legend, a living legend,” Floyd said after Conor defeated Eddie Alvarez, 32, to win the UFC Lightweight championship. Despite this accomplishment, Floyd wasn’t impressed. “Never compare Conor…to me. That’s total disrespect.”
Floyd’s management team even took it one step further. Upon hearing news that Conor got his boxing license, Leonard Ellerbee, CEO for Mayweather Promotions, clapped back at Conor. “Conor McGregor can say anything he wants to, but he has a boss, and his name is (UFC president) Dana White.” Leonard said, according to USA Today.
“They would never — and put this in bold caps — let him step into a boxing ring with Floyd Mayweather,” Leonard added, “Because everyone knows what the outcome would be. He would get his ass beat from pillar to post.”
While Conor’s new license may have been a way to dare Floyd to exit retirement, it might also be a way to shade the UFC. Conor’s move comes days after the company stripped him of the 145-pound title, naming Jose Aldo, 30, the new champion. Fans were upset over the decision. Maybe Conor wanted to send a message that he’s willing to leave UFC if they continue to mess with him?
What do you think, HollywoodLifers? Do you think Conor’s going to try his hand at boxing or was this just another part of his trash talking?