Conor McGregor responds to Floyd Mayweather

Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor

Mueez Ajao

– Conor McGregor has hit back at Floyd Mayweather’s claim that the pair are in talks over another money-spinning fight and insists he’s “not interested” in a rematch.

– Mayweather stopped McGregor back in 2017 to extend his professional record to 50-0.

– Neither man has boxed professionally since then, with McGregor resuming his UFC career and Mayweather only fighting in lucrative exhibition bouts.

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– However, Mayweather has set his sights on a rematch with McGregor and claims that negotiations are ongoing between the two camps over a potential fight.

– Speaking ahead of his upcoming exhibition bout against Mikuru Asakura, Mayweather told the Daily Mail: “I want to go out there this weekend and have fun, then I have another exhibition Dubai in November and me and Conor McGregor in 2023.

– “We don’t know if it’s going to be an exhibition of 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.

– “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.”

– However, McGregor has poured cold water on the idea of a second fight against Mayweather.

– The Irishman took to Instagram to post a picture from their first meeting, alongside the caption: “Not interested”.

– He then posted a second image of the fight, tagging the accounts of his various business interests and sports partnerships so that they covered up Mayweather.

– McGregor is currently preparing to make his long-awaited return to the UFC.

– He has not fought since suffering a broken leg in his trilogy defeat to Dustin Poirier at UFC 264 in July, 2021.

– The former two-weight champion is expected to make his return to the octagon in early 2023.

– Mayweather, meanwhile, faces Asakura in an exhibition bout in Saitama, Japan on Sunday.

– While he insists he has no interest in facing Mayweather for a second time, McGregor has previously said he intends to return to boxing once his UFC career is over.

– “Boxing is my first love in combat sports. I had such a great time the last time I was out there,” McGregor told Sky Sports News in May.

– “Obviously, my return will be in the octagon for UFC – that story is far from over, in fact it’s just being written, it is just the beginning.

– “But, boxing, for sure I will grace the squared circle again in the future.”