Showtime Exec Reveals Target Time Frame For McGregor-Mayweather Fight

Ruben Hill
May 27, 2017

Mayweather vs McGregor, the most talked about fight on the planet, has caused a stir in the combat sports world - with many claiming the bout shouldn't be sanctioned.

Mayweather, 40, retired at 49-0 as the sport's No. 1 pound-for-pound fighter, whereas McGregor, 28, has taken the UFC world by storm as the first fighter to simultaneously wear two belts back in November.

The only difference between McGregor and Mayweather in their respective sports, however, is the fact that nobody ever beat "Money" inside the squared circle. Each of Mayweather's last 10 fights, dating back to 2009, has been scheduled around the weekends of May 5 (Cinco de Mayo) and Sept 16 (Mexican Independence Day).

De La Hoya goes on to say that the Mayweather-McGregor fight would severaly impact boxing negatively, in a time where its already lacking in stars, though the sport had already an impressive year, with fights like Anthony Joshua-Wladimir Klitschko, Keith Thurman-Danny Garcia, Gennady Golovkin-Daniel Jacobs and Canelo Alvarez-Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. "I'll communicate with Al [Haymon], I'll communicate with Leonard Ellerbe, we'll sit down and see what we can come up with and hopefully the McGregor fight can be made", Mayweather said ahead of the full interview airing on Saturday between noon and 6 p.m. on DJ Whoo Kid's show. "If it really drags on, you're looking at early next year", he continued. "The Mexican holiday has a been a date that Floyd really elevated, but it's not a date that Floyd needs to make (his fights) bigger".

"I think this would only be an exhibition fight", he added. With McGregor's agreement on the books, UFC President Dana White said he has moved on to negotiations with Mayweather's side. He's participated in some of the most successful pay-per-view events of all time, with his anticipated 2015 showdown with Manny Pacquiao being the biggest of all. Some believe it will be the highest grossing fight of all time.

"We, the fans, who are the lifeblood of our sport."

"We have to go out there and give the world and the fans what they want to see - excitement". That's what we've heard from Floyd. "Now it's just getting in a room and seeing if people will be reasonable on the kind of deal that they're looking for".

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