Conor McGregor Called Out Floyd Mayweather for Back-Tracking on “Verbal Agreement” After $350 Million Fight

Published 04/14/2022, 2:15 PM EDT
LAS VEGAS, NV – AUGUST 23: Boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. (L) and UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor face off during a news conference at the KA Theatre at MGM Grand Hotel & Casino on August 23, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The two will meet in a super welterweight boxing match at T-Mobile Arena on August 26 in Las Vegas. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

With tremendous PPV sales and incredible revenue, the Conor McGregor vs. Floyd Mayweather boxing match became the second highest-grossing boxing match in history.

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Mayweather defeated McGregor via technical knockout (TKO) in the 10th round, extending his professional boxing undefeated record to 50 wins.

In 2020, in an interview with ESPN MMA, McGregor demanded a rematch against Mayweather.

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McGregor said, “I done phenomenal in that bout. The only reason I lost that bout was because I prepared for a black-footed… style of opponent. And when the fight was like that, I was picking him apart”.

He described how initially it was expected to be an MMA bout, “He’s not going to do a mixed martial arts bout like he said. It was supposed to be me boxing him and then we’ll do a mixed martial arts bout. That was what was said, and it came out of his mouth as well. It was not written, but it was a verbal agreement and, obviously, that’s not gonna happen”.

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‘The Notorious’ hasn’t accepted his defeat yet and is eagerly looking forward to a rematch. “I’m not even gonna push him on that, either. But I’d like to box him. I think that would be a good rematch.”

“It was a good inner conversation you have with a man when you fight them. It was great to be in there with Floyd–he’s a crafty veteran. You don’t get 50 pro wins and an extensive amateur career [for nothing]. I look forward to doing it again. It’s gonna happen again”.

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – JULY 10: Conor McGregor of Ireland prepares to fight Dustin Poirier during the UFC 264 event at T-Mobile Arena on July 10, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)

However, presently there is almost no chance for the rematch to happen as Floyd Mayweather has retired and there is no strong reason for the undefeated boxing prodigy to once again challenge an MMA fighter with a professional boxing record of (0-1).

Conor McGregor Trilogy Bout, Injury, and recovery

After his tremendous victory over Donald Cerrone, McGregor fought ‘The Diamond’ at UFC 257. McGregor lost the fight in the second round via TKO. Their trilogy bout happened at UFC 264, where ‘The Notorious’ broke his lower left tibia in the first round and suffered a major loss against Dustin Poirier.

As a result of the injury, McGregor’s MMA career was put on pause for more than a year. Since recovering from his injuries, ‘The Notorious’ has started posting new workout videos on his social media accounts.

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Recently, McGregor expressed his desire to become a three-division world champion. Dana White had talked about how McGregor might return sometime in the middle of this year, although it was later reported that it might get pushed back.

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Watch the story: Conor McGregor’s Super-Human Body Transformation After The Horrific Injury At UFC 264

If there is a rematch between McGregor vs Mayweather, whom do you think would win? Comment your thoughts below.

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Vinay Vinod

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Vinay Vinod is a UFC writer for EssentiallySports. As a state-level amateur kickboxer and a national-level karate athlete, he prides himself on his ability to read fighters and make an in-depth analysis into the fight styles of athletes across traditional martial arts and combat sports. Considering Vinay's martial arts background, he is an ardent supporter of Israel Adesanya, Stephen 'Wonderboy' Thompson, and Lyoto Machida.

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