2023 will see a much-anticipated boxing rematch going down... or not?
Multiple-time champion and living boxing legend Floyd Mayweather seems interested in facing Conor McGregor again in the squared circle. In a recent interview with Sportsmail, "Money" stated that he looks for a clash with McGregor next year.
"I want to go out there this weekend and have fun [against Mikuru Asakura]. Then I have another exhibition in Dubai in November and me and Conor McGregor in 2023. We don't know if it's going to be an exhibition or a real fight. But there's been talks of both. I would prefer an exhibition. I am not into fights where I am going to take any real punishment."
Mayweather and McGregor first collided in August 2017, when "Money" stopped his adversary in the tenth frame via technical knockout. It was one of the most anticipated fights in boxing history and broke all sorts of records in terms of views. The fighters' purses lived up to the occasion as Mayweather took home over $300 million from the fight, while McGregor grossed around $130 million. Now, Mayweather is looking for an exhibition match that could top those earnings.
"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."
In turn, McGregor doesn't seem keen to lock horns with "Money" again. The Irishman took up to Instagram to share a picture of him landing an uppercut on Mayweather during their 2017 bout. The caption reads a significative #notinterested.
We'll see whether Floyd Mayweather will make an offer McGregor can't refuse in the following weeks.