The Irishman reacted after the boxing icon suggested a second fight was scheduled for 2023
Conor McGregor has poured cold water on a potential rematch with Floyd Mayweather, saying he’s not interested in a repeat of their 2017 box office success.
Mayweather made headlines on Wednesday after telling the Daily Mail that the fighting icons were set to reunite next year.
“I want to go out this weekend and have fun” Mayweather spoke for the first time about his meeting with Japanese MMA fighter Mikuru Asakura, which is set to take place at the Saitama Super Arena on Sunday.
“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 it was about both. I would prefer an exhibition,” said Mayweather.
Taking to Instagram, McGregor dropped the hashtag “not interested” to explain his position and debunk Mayweather’s claims.
The sentence was accompanied by a photo of him landing an uppercut on the American in the ring during their original contest, which Showtime said later achieved 4.3 million pay-per-view buys in the States alone. -United.
McGregor uploaded the same photo later with the caption “The catalog of creams” and one “McGregor Inc” hashtag.
Stuck on Mayweather in the snap was a list of the Irishman’s businesses, but sharing the color shot could also have been a retort to a sly dig the 45-year-old boxer gave his former rival in the ring.
“I’m not in fights where I’m going to take real punishment,” Mayweather explained why he prefers exhibition fights these days.
“So guys like Conor McGregor and guys who don’t really hit hard like YouTubers or UFC guys I don’t really mind colliding with those kind of individuals but nothing where I’m going to put myself in a position where I’m going to do myself hurt or hurt me”, Added Mayweather.
Finishing his nemesis via a 10th-round TKO in Las Vegas, it was Mayweather who went home with bragging rights from their first meeting while also being $280 million richer.
McGregor’s estimated $130 million salary would seem tempting for any fighter trying to bring home, though ‘The Notorious’ response could be seen as the Dubliner remaining focused on reclaiming the lightweight title at the UFC.
McGregor, 34, was on 14-month hiatus after suffering a horrific broken leg in his loss to Dustin Poirier in Abu Dhabi in July 2021.
“Obviously my return will be to the octagon for the UFC – this story is far from over, in fact it has just been written, this is just the beginning,” McGregor clarified to Sky Sports when taking part in the Monaco Grand Prix at the end of May.
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Leaving the door open for Mayweather one day, however, he said he would “honor the squared circle again in the future.”
“Boxing is my first love in combat sports. I had such a great time the last time I went,” McGregor added.