A UFC champion Conor McGregor provoked his soon to be opponent who is also a champion in the field of boxing.
It has been a “will they, won’t they?” story for the ages. A tale of red-herrings and half truths, of dramatic announcements and quick rebuttals that have rendered fight fans everywhere a bag of nerves, excited beyond reason one minute, disappointed beyond belief the next.
Though Floyd Mayweather has become a master of garnering intrigue and media frenzy since he took charge of his own promotional duties through his company Mayweather Promotions, has anything the hype master ever achieved come close to commanding this level of fanfare and bluster from fans and commentators alike?
Although the months of speculation surrounding the potential bout between the undefeated maestro Floyd Mayweather and UFC’s golden boy Conor McGregor are few in number compared to the nigh-on 10 year slog that preceded Mayweather’s eventual fight again Manny Pacquiao, the level of anticipation is as high, if not higher than boxing’s very own mega fight.
Part of this is due to the fascination that McGregor’s proposed shift in discipline – from mixed martial arts to boxing. Boxing aficionados have openly scoffed at the thought of the Irishman even landing a glove on Mayweather, while those in the UFC warn that one such punch could be powerful enough to stop Mayweather for good.
Despite Mayweather’s penchant for playing the long game to whip fans into a frenzy ahead of his fights, time is not on his side this time round as he approaches 41-years-of-age, and it appears that the bout will be agreed sooner rather than later after McGregor announced that he has signed a contract for the fight. It seems that he is keen for Mayweather to hurry up and follow suit.
Mayweather has been notable only by his silence in the days following Conor McGregor’s big announcement on the agreement of his side of the contract, and it seems that the Irishman is already growing impatient with his prospective opponent’s failure to immediately follow suit.
Conor McGregor appeared to goad Floyd Mayweather in this Twitter post following a training session:
As Manny Pacquiao learned throughout his years of efforts to agree a bout with Floyd Mayweather, attempting to goad the boxer into a deal is a tactic destined to failure; the undefeated fighter is notorious for doing business only on his own terms; if anything McGregor’s urges are more likely to delay proceedings rather than expedite them.
McGregor confirmed that his side of the initial contract agreements was complete in a conversation with The Mac Life, saying:
“It is an honour to sign this record breaking deal alongside my partners Zuffa LLC, The Ultimate Fighting Championship and Paradigm Sports Management. The first, and most important part of this historic contract has now officially been signed off on. Congratulations to all parties involved. We now await Al Haymon and his boxer’s signature in the coming days.”
Fans will hope that, with the fight tantalisingly close to becoming a reality, Floyd Mayweather will quickly follow suit, giving fight lovers the bout they have been dreaming about ever since the dizzying concept was first mooted.