Mayweather campaigning for second fight with McGregor, but UFC star ‘not interested’

Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Conor McGregor
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Floyd Mayweather Jr. will perform later this month as part of the Super RIZIN show in Japan, where he will box Mikuru Asakura.

There is one more fight the former boxing champion is pushing for, however: a rematch with Conor McGregor.

Mayweather won the pair’s first meeting, dubbed “The Money Fight,” in 2017, earning a tenth-round TKO to improve his record to 50-0 as a professional boxer. This was McGregor’s first professional boxing match.

A former WBA, WBC, IBF, IBO, IBA and The Ring welterweight champion (as well as holding the super lightweight belts earlier in his career), Mayweather retired after the fight and has since appeared sporadically in exhibition matches around the world world. These include a 2018 pairing with Tenshin Nasukawa for RIZIN and a more recent date with Logan Paul.

Now, Mayweather says there are talks of a follow-up to his fight with McGregor, which could either come as a showcase or a real pro fight.

“We don’t know if it will be an exhibition or a real fight. But there have been talks about 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 don’t like fights where I will take real punishment.”

Mayweather’s reason for boxing McGregor and YouTubers like Logan Paul lies in the idea that they can’t actually hurt him. “So guys like Conor McGregor and guys who don’t really hit hard, like YouTubers or UFC guys, I really don’t mind going up against those guys, but nothing where I’m going to put myself in a position where I’m going to hurt myself or I will hurt myself,” he said.

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However, McGregor only responded with a photo of himself in the ring with Mayweather in 2017, adding the hashtag “not interested”.

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