Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor are reportedly set to battle each other once more in 2023.
Boxing icon Mayweather and former UFC champion McGregor boxed each other in an expert bout in 2017, with Mayweather stopping the Irishman within the tenth spherical.
The competition was the ultimate battle of Mayweather’s professional profession, through which he went unbeaten at 50-0, and he has since taken half in exhibition bouts in opposition to kickboxing star Tenshin Nasukawa and YouTuber Logan Paul.
The American, 45, is about to field blended martial artist Mikuru Asakura in Japan this weekend and can then face McGregor once more subsequent yr, in line with the Each day Mail.
“I need to go on the market this weekend and have enjoyable,” Mayweather advised the Mail. “Then I’ve one other 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 an actual battle [against McGregor], however there’s been talks of each. I would favor an exhibition. I’m not into fights the place I’m going to take any actual punishment.”
“So, guys like Conor McGregor and guys that don’t actually hit onerous reminiscent of YouTubers or UFC guys, I don’t actually thoughts colliding with these sorts of people – however nothing the place I’m going to place myself ready the place I’m going to hurt myself or harm myself.”
McGregor took a yr out from MMA to field former multiple-weight world champion Mayweather, relinquishing the UFC featherweight and light-weight titles to take action.
Since combating Mayweather, the 34-year-old has solely competed within the UFC 4 occasions, shedding to Khabib Nurmagomedov and Dustin Poirier (twice) in addition to beating Donald Cerrone.
McGregor is recovering from a damaged leg suffered in his second straight defeat by Poirier final July, and the Irishman is predicted again within the Octagon in early 2023 on the earliest. It’s unclear how a possible bout with Mayweather may have an effect on that timeline, nonetheless.