McGregor comes into the bout riding a two fight losing streak, with one loss coming in MMA and the other coming in a boxing ring. That boxing loss came via tenth round TKO to Floyd Mayweather in what many had dubbed “The Money Fight.”
The former two division UFC champion says that Mayweather verbally agreed to a rematch, but this time as an MMA fighter, but McGregor says Mayweather won’t be honoring that deal.
“He’s not going to do a mixed martial arts bout like he said,” McGregor said on Ariel Helwani’s MMA Show (via Nolan King of MMA Junkie). “It was supposed to be me boxing then we do a mixed martial arts bout. That’s what was said and it came out of his mouth as well. It was not written, but it was a verbal agreement. Obviously that’s not going to happen, and I’m not going to push him on that, either.”
Mayweather head teased a professional MMA debut, but nothing has come close to happening in that regard.
UFC 246 takes place on Saturday, January 18 from the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada with Conor McGregor and Donald Cerrone headlining. Fightful is providing live coverage of the event, with a post-show podcast to follow.