UFC star Conor McGregor has finally broken his silence on the recent announcement that Floyd Mayweather plans to train for the UFC.
A report via TMZ last week announced that Mayweather would be accepting an offer to be coached by former UFC champion Tyron Woodley.
“I’m going to start soon,” Mayweather said at the time. “We’ve been texting back and forth. We talked a couple times, but we’re going to start working out real soon.”
Fans of the sport were quick to anticipate what McGregor’s response would be to the development and today he finally took to Instagram to break his silence.
What does that mean exactly? It’s all speculation for now but it does suggest that McGregor isn’t entirely done with the fight business just yet. And whilst Mayweather is keen to once again participate in a cross code combat exercise, there’s a strong chance he won’t be going up against McGregor.
“It would be hard for me and Conor McGregor to fight because the weight class I want to fight is 145,” Mayweather told Fight Hype.
“I can’t say how things will play out though. I’m a numbers man – if the numbers are right then we can make it happen.”
McGregor’s last bout in the Octagon took place in late 2016 in which he took victory against Eddie Alvarez. UFC President Dana White has since expressed his desire to see the 29-year-old returning to fight.
“Hopefully we’ll see him back in either August or September,” White told the BBC.
“Well, we’ve got to see how things play out in that [lightweight] division. A lot of things are going to happen in the next several months in the 155-pound division. Coming up is going to be Tony Ferguson versus Khabib [Nurmagomedov]. And the winner of that is who I would like to see Conor fight next.”
According to McGregor’s coach Owen Roddy, the Irishman is still adamant that he’ll return to the UFC one day.
“We can’t really talk about when he wants to return,” Roddy told Express Sport. “But he’s adamant he’s getting back.”
“But for me, the sooner (he’s back) the better. The UFC is really missing Conor, I believe. And I think everybody is missing the whole extravaganza of a Conor McGregor fight.”
“There’s nothing like it in the world.”