Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor generated a ridiculous amount of revenue for various parties this past August, by throwing down in Las Vegas, so could a rematch happen?
McGregor faced the undefeated boxer on August 26th, and ended up being stopped by Mayweather in the 10th round. The fight certainly had some entertaining moments, but since it happened, there hasn’t seemed to be any clamoring for a rematch.
“I don’t think so,” said Espinoza. “Floyd seems pretty happy retired. I don’t think we’ll see him in the ring again, and it seems like the UFC really wants McGregor back in the cage. I doubt [it]. It’s Floyd’s call at some point, but I haven’t heard anything from him that makes it seem like he’s thinking about McGregor or anything else.”
“It is [tough to walk away from another $300 million] but at a certain point, 20 years in the sport, 22 years in the sport, at a certain point he’s given enough to the sport, so I don’t begrudge him wanting to retire.”
Hopefully these comments punt any rumors about Mayweather – McGregor 2 happening. Sure, the UFC champ surprised many with what he showcased, particularly in the opening rounds. But, Mayweather never appeared to be in trouble, and it certainly looked like he was just biding his time until McGregor was fatigued, and far less dangerous.
So, in other words, it’s hard to imagine that there’s much demand for a rematch. The boxing community was never really on board with the first fight to begin with, and the consensus in the MMA world seems to be McGregor needs to defend the 155 title. So much so, momentum for a rubber match with Nate Diaz has been reduced by widespread calls for McGregor to fight Tony Ferguson.
But, Espinoza did say that if fans wanted to see Mayweather – McGregor 2, Showtime would be interested…That shouldn’t surprise anyone.