So which is which really?
Friday’s rumor of a Floyd Mayweather Jr. versus Conor McGregor bout spread like wildfire, although it began as an absurd tabloid report:
— Sun Sport (@SunSport) May 6, 2016
It gained enough steam for oddsmakers to make a betting line out of it:
— Bovada Official (@BovadaLV) May 6, 2016
Even McGregor’s coach John Kavanagh, teased with this Tweet:
It's really fine mayweather we're having here pic.twitter.com/gUF73OUOer
— Coach Kavanagh (@John_Kavanagh) May 6, 2016
However, UFC President Dana White was quick to douse the fire. In an interview with Yahoo Sports’ Kevin Iole, White downplayed the rumor:
“It’s not true; it’s just a tabloid story. And as far as I knew, Floyd is retired and he’s been on a world-wide vacation and hasn’t even been thinking of fighting.”
Floyd Mayweather Jr. has been retired since September 2015 and in fact, these were his most recent Instagram posts:
Not only is Floyd retired, but he looks and sounds happily retired. However, this ESPN report came out last week:
— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) May 1, 2016
And Floyd also gave this recent interview:
Nine figures is a lot of zeroes on the payslip. But believe it or not, the tabloid rumor fit the billing. According to the report, Mayweather would be getting $148M and Mcgregor $10.1M. So is Floyd Mayweather Jr. really coming back to make 9 figures against Conor McGregor? The UFC has already said no, because McGregor is under contract with the UFC. But just when we thought the rumor was slowly dying a natural death, Mayweather’s father resurrected it again with this interview:
So which is which really? To fight or not to fight? The plot thickens.