Conor McGregor sent the combat sports social media scene into a frenzy after posting a frame from his boxing match with Floyd Mayweather with the caption “I accept.” Since then, those close to the McGregor and Mayweather teams have given legitimacy to the rumors that a rematch between the two superstars is in the works.
Both MMA and boxing fans have mixed feelings about the speculative rematch, but there’s no denying that Conor McGregor vs. Floyd Mayweather 2 has the potential to be the biggest money fight in combat sports history, blowing the previous record set by Mayweather in his 2015 bout against Manny Pacquiao.
Since defeating McGregor via TKO, bringing his professional boxing ledger to a perfect 50-0, Floyd Mayweather has enjoyed retirement by participating in boxing exhibitions. He knocked out Japanese kickboxing prodigy Tenshin Nasukawa in 2019, went the distance in a no-decision exhibition with Youtuber Logan Paul, and most recently pieced up his former training partner Don Moore back in May.
Meanwhile, Conor McGregor has had a rougher path since his $100-million dollar Money Match. He’s gone 1-4 in MMA bouts since then, including losses to arch nemesis Khabib Nurmagomedov in 2018 and back-to-back losses against Dustin Poirier last year. He’s been out of action since brutally snapping his leg during his trilogy fight against Poirier, during which time he’s put on considerable mass.
According to McGregor and his team, he was preparing for a boxing match against Manny Pacquiao in 2021 before losing to Dustin Poirier in Abu Dhabi at UFC 257. He had reunited with his adolescent boxing team, the Crumlin Boxing Club, and supposedly was primarily training the sweet science in his preparation for his rematch against Poirier. That plan obviously backfired, as Poirier was able to exploit McGregor’s boxing heavy approach by bombarding him with brutal calf kicks, eventually leading to a second-round knockout.
While training pure boxing for an MMA bout is inadvisable, some believe that McGregor’s skills in boxing may have improved enough to make a rematch against Floyd more competitive. The age gap was something that was brought up back in 2017 in the build up to their first fight, but it’s even more stark now. Should the two men step into the ring again, Floyd will be 45 and Conor 33.
Although he looked sharp in his exhibition against Don Moore, both men share the same age. The skill gap may not have closed between Mayweather and McGregor, but the only other undefeated being besides Floyd and Khabib is Father Time. Even still, there are many who believe that this fight will play out exactly like their first one did.
Win or lose (and regardless if anyone wanted it or not), both men stand to make a boatload of cash in a rematch. Early projections have Conor McGregor vs. Floyd Mayweather 2 as becoming the first billion-dollar boxing event in history, meaning everyone’s bank account is a winner regardless of how the fight plays out.