Floyd Mayweather said he would come out of retirement to fight Conor McGregor, but what actually needs to happen for the fight to take place? USA TODAY Sports’ Martin Rogers breaks it down.
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It doesn’t take much for a craze in sports to take off and quickly fade away. But it also doesn’t take much in boxing and mixed martial arts to tap out, get knocked out or to speak out in the name of making money.
Which is why the latest hot topic, namely a potential bout between Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor, has sparked a whole raft of copycats.
The peculiar thing is that Mayweather, the reigning pound-for-pound boxing king when he retired in 2015, and the noisy, electrifying Ultimate Fighting Championship superstar McGregor, have not yet fought. They are not in training to fight each other. A deal has not even been agreed upon.
It could happen, sure, and if it does the enormous sums of money both men would make prevails as the primary, or maybe only reason.
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Canadian boxer Jean Pascal mouthed off at UFC wild-child Nick Diaz, which is strange, given that Diaz – whose brother Nate split a pair of fights with McGregor…
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