James O’Neal displays his latest creation, a wooden sculpture of Mayweather, alongside his previous sculptures of McGregor and Muhammad Ali, at an Atlantic City Boxing Hall of Fame ceremony. O’Neal says his next project will be Cris Cyborg.
A recording is released of Kavanagh giving advice to McGregor during the second Nate Diaz fight.
Everything is working the way we said it would. Don’t change anything. Stay with the leg kicks. Don’t push anything. We’ve got four rounds to go.
Tyson says that Mayweather will beat McGregor in boxing.
No, it doesn’t give boxing a bad name. This is interesting. It only gives boxing a bad name because Conor is not skilled enough to box with Floyd. If he fought UFC in this and Floyd boxed, then that would be more exciting. Then, we would see how Floyd handles the kicks to the leg and all that stuff. But, that’s what boxing about. Conor’s not a boxer. You know, he got some amateur boxing skills, but he’s not a boxer. He needs to go in there fight his fight. Floyd need to fight his fight. If he’s doing this for money, he’s just ridiculous instead of just fighting his fight…Until I see the two of them in the ring. I don’t care if they signed it. Until I see the two of them in the ring and they’re getting ready to ring that bell, it’s not going to happen.
Mayweather says he is looking forward to signing a superfight deal with McGregor.
If me and Conor McGregor do happen to make the fight happen, which I think the fight will happen…I had a great career, and my career may not be over. Number 50 may be against Conor McGregor, we’ll just wait and see…if he signed the contract – I’m over here working, I’m always working…They said Conor McGregor signed his end of the deal. I look forward to signing my end of the deal. I haven’t signed my end of the deal yet so once I get home, I’ll communicate with my team, I’ll talk with Al Haymon, I’ll talk with Leonard, and we’ll see what we come up with. We’ll put all our great minds together and we’re gonna have another superfight.
According to Mayweather’s uncle Jeff, the boxer is already working behind the scenes towards the McGregor showdown.
He has come in, he trained once, he must be preparing for the McGregor fight because he worked out with an MMA guy. Everybody was telling me that it was a UFC fighter. Floyd told me they did five rounds. This was a week and a half ago.
A fan video is released of McGregor singing to Jay-Z’s Empire State Of Mind.
Just a lad from Crumlin, who knocked out every other sucker. Now I’m here on Broadway to slap the head off some poor f-cker.
A video is released showing McGregor’s physical transformation as he becomes the world’s leading MMA fighter.
Henry, who coaches Eddie Alvarez and Frankie Edgar, praises McGregor’s boxing skills.
Look, if I was Conor, I would definitely pursue the boxing, because he can make more in one fight than in 10 or 11 with the UFC. But, while he’s doing it, they should definitely make another 155-pound belt, because it would be ridiculous if they didn’t. Conor is one of the best boxers I’ve ever seen – ever. From his precision to his power to his speed, and I think he has a shot in the first two rounds. Because Mayweather, like a lot of boxers do when they’re sparring MMA guys, he may not think he’s that good. He might not realize how fast Conor is, and you’ve got to remember that Conor is going to be taller, longer, 13 years younger, and a southpaw. Early on, I’d give him a chance of doing some damage. But after that, it’s not going to be too good for him.
McGregor taunts Mayweather about signing his fight contract.
Speaking in the ring following one of his protege’s bout tonight, Mayweather says that he sees himself facing McGregor.
I think the fight will happen.
"I think the fight will happen!"
The mega fight moves closer as Floyd Mayweather expects to meet Conor McGregor. 🙌🙌 pic.twitter.com/sTh3bTWhml
— BT Sport Boxing 🥊 (@BTSportBoxing) May 20, 2017
A promo from Axiom films outlines McGregor’s chances as he heads towards a fight with Mayweather.
I almost feel sorry for how McGregor is going to be embarrassed and beat down.
A fan video is released of McGregor putting interviewers in their place.
He’s a f-cking donkey.
White says that McGregor will make a lot of money from the Mayweather fight.
He’s gonna make a couple of bucks. He’s gonna do alright. If this fight even happens, Conor’s gonna make a lot of money. Who doesn’t think that Conor is a global star? I think Conor is bigger than Pacquiao…It’s going to be a typical boxing match where it’s all about the main event…This won’t be a UFC event, it’ll be a boxing event…Conor’s ready to fight…Win, lose or draw the Mayweather fight, he will fight again before the end of the year.
Rogan says he’s not sure how a McGregor-Mayweather fight will turn out.
[McGregor’s] signed. It happened yesterday. He has signed, Floyd Mayweather has not signed, they’re negotiating the Floyd Mayweather deal. It’s a good fight, in terms of seeing what the fuck happens. … First of all, Floyd’s 40, nearly 41 and he’s one of the best defensive boxers in the history of the planet. … Conor might get his ass handed to him — but he might not. Conor might tag Floyd. Conor is very good at closing distance and snapping off lead shots. That’s what he did against Nate [Diaz]. And he’s a southpaw. If he can just snap off one or two clean shots and make it interesting, it’ll be fun.
NSAC Director Bennett says McGregor has submitted his application for a boxing license. According to Bennett, McGregor’s application was incomplete due to missing medical documents, but the commission will consider McGregor’s request once those are provided. McGregor was ineligible to receive a boxing license in Nevada as recently as March, due to an outstanding fine for his involvement in a UFC media conference last year. It is expected that the license will be approved. Bennett:
Conor is intimately familiar with our licensing procedures, having fought here multiple times for the UFC. When he has time, and all sides have come to a contractual agreement, I’m sure he will fulfill our requirements, and we look forward to having him fight in Nevada…McGregor is younger, taller, has a longer reach and most of his wins in MMA have come by knockout, which shows he’s a talented striker. I think both are phenomenal fighters with exceptional skills.
Former cruiserweight champion Bellew says that McGregor has no chance against Mayweather.
It is very simple, there is only one winner. I’m a huge MMA fan, I’m a massive UFC fan, and a big Conor McGregor fan. I’m also a Floyd Mayweather fan. If these two guys were to get in a cage it would be over within a minute. [But] These two guys aren’t going to get in a cage, they’re going to get in a ring, and it will be over whenever Floyd Mayweather sees fit. Don’t talk nonsense to me and say, ‘oh he could land a punch’. The best fighters of his whole era have tried to land that punch, never mind the guy from a cage. So for me there is only one winner in this.
Roddy, McGregor’s striking coach, says he wants Mayweather to take his time signing up to fight the Irishman.
He’s very happy with the deal. I was just with Conor yesterday for some training and he’s just excited. He just wants to get it on. I’m sure he’s happy with whatever he has signed, but I really think he’s more excited about the fight in general. To be able to do something like this unbelievable…Conor wants to do things that have never been done before. This is just another moment in his career where he defies all the odds and gets the job done…He is all about success. He wants to generate more income than any other athlete on the planet. Last year I think he was talking about trying to close in on Ronaldo this year. I don’t know if he will beat him or not, but I wouldn’t rule it out.
As for the timing:
We’ve been told certain dates, but it will definitely be this year. Fingers crossed, once the other side gets things done everybody will be happy and then it will be another big extravaganza for fans…We’re training now. The longer it takes Mayweather to sign, the better it is for us. We get more time to study him the longer he drags it out. We can get people in to help us if needs be. I see the negotiation period as just more time for Conor to immerse himself in boxing.
McGregor says he has signed a contract to fight Mayweather, and is now waiting on the boxer to sign.
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.
Mayweather says that he has received no word from Dan White about a McGregor fight, and that he is waiting to talk.
It’s only one fight I think that makes business sense. I came out of retirement because I’m a businessman. I want to give the world what they want to see…McGregor’s a fighter, I’m a fighter, and that’s what the people want to see…I think we can break me and Pacquiao’s number…I’m not here to throw anyone under the bus. I’m a true professional. I can’t say they are waiting on us, and we’re not waiting on them. As soon as his side communicate with my side then the fight will happen…Once my team come to me and say Floyd it’s a go, it’s a go.
McGregor shares a video on Instagram lacing up his Emerald-Isle-emblazoned gloves and punching pads with an anxious-looking partner.
Floyd better be ready, the baddest man on the planet is hunting.
#TBT • Dublin, Ireland. SBG Gym. Team iBox delivering Conor McGregor his Irish Coloured Gloves 🤙🏽 • Check out this short clip of him using them! 👊🏽 Will we see him using gloves in a ring in the near future!? 😜 • #MMA #UFC #Boxing #McGregor #Ireland #SBG #Fitness #Health #Mayweather #Dublin @thenotoriousmma
McGregor posts an Instagram of him at the dinner table waiting to be served steak, with two new Rolex watches.
Hurry up with that steak!
Daley, who is preparing for his fight with Rory MacDonald in the headline event at Bellator 179, says McGregor has no chance of beating Mayweather.
Most definitely it’s a mismatch. It’s been done well because McGregor fans are sold on the whole concept but you’re talking about one of the best boxers of our time, who has defeated some of the best boxers of our time. Oscar De La Hoya, Miguel Cotto, Canelo Alvarez, Manny Pacquiao. Those four names there McGregor wouldn’t even last three rounds with, let alone the guy who has defeated them all…Boxing is completely different to MMA. McGregor should get in there with a top three British fighter in his weight and see how he fares. I think if he jumps in with the best boxer of our era, it’s a huge mismatch. I can’t fault McGregor when there’s so much money involved…McGregor must be extremely confident to think he can beat or even challenge the best boxer of our time. It’s crazy.
Kavanagh posts (and then deletes) a video of McGregor’s boxing training.
Lee says McGregor is weak because he has taken so much time off to deal with his newborn son.
I turn 25 in September. I swear to God by the next September I’m gonna be the world champion. Conor gonna sit there. He gonna try to hold onto that belt…I don’t know what he’s doing, but I hope him a good life. He just had a baby. He got a girl and all that.. kudo to him. Enjoy that shit, but don’t come back. I ain’t got no kids. I ain’t got no wife. No girl. Every time he out there feeding his baby the mushed up bananas, the potatoes, changing diapers. I’m studying film. I’m on a roll. I’m running. I’m on my way to the gym right now. Every time he do that shit I’m pushing for his spot.
Lee, who has had over 38 professional boxing matches, says that while a Mayweather-McGregor superfight will be entertaining to watch, ultimately McGregor cannot beat Mayweather.
In terms of a contest, I don’t see it being a real fight. Mayweather is the best boxer of our generation. Conor McGregor is a great boxer in UFC but hasn’t had a professional (boxing) fight. It’s like asking a triathlete to swim against Michael Phelps. He has to spread his skills across four or five disciplines and Mayweather is just focused on boxing. If it’s a boxing contest, Mayweather wins hands down. But Conor McGregor is tough and can punch. It’ll be one of the biggest promotions in the history of boxing. It’ll probably do more pay per views and sell more, be unprecedented. It will be a great promotion and a lot of fun watching the build-up.
Ritchie, who launched the career of Jason Statham in films like Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels and Snatch, says he sees the same confidence in McGregor that he spotted in Statham — now one of Hollywood’s top action stars.
Like Jason Statham, [McGregor] is an athlete, completely on his game all the time, look where he’s at now. And you can see that similarity in Conor, he could clean up in Hollywood.
Ritchie, who is a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt under Renzo Gracie, says he tried to persuade McGregor to take a part in King Arthur, though McGregor declined due to training commitments.
We even went after him for a part in the movie but he wasn’t having any of it. Was training for a fight at the time, couldn’t take his attention away from that. But you can see in his presence, in his demeanour, he’s got that swagger, that real appealing cockiness. It’s an unmistakable spark…Preparing for the action scenes, we watched a lot of McGregor fight footage because his style was what we were after. That very intense, singular, lightning fast, juggernaut trademark technique was perfect and we modeled Arthur’s physicality on that.
Diaz says it would be foolish to completely rule out McGregor’s chances of turning the combat sports world upside down with a Mayweather win.
I wouldn’t count anybody out. You’ve got a lot of stipulations to look at. You can’t just go jump on a hype train either one, you know?
Mike Turner releases a fan video about the McGregor-Mayweather matchup.
McGregor releases a boxing sparring video.
Fighting is easy to me because I dedicate every single second of my thinking brain to it.
The corner audio for McGregor v. Mendez, from UFC 189 is released. After Jose Aldo withdrew from the fight due to a bruised rib, McGregor headed into the bout as favourite with many believing that Mendes’ two week training camp would simply prove to be too little time to prepare. However, Mendes brought McGregor to the mat on several occasions in the two round fight. With Mendes undoubtedly ahead on the judges’ scorecards, McGregor rallied at the end of the second, landing multiple strikes before his left hand eventually found the American’s chin and sent him plummeting to the canvas.
The UFC President says he has agreed in principle with McGregor on all the details about the Mayweather fight. White says they just need to put pen to paper, and expect it to be done on Sunday 14 May.
[Conor and I] are not meeting. We’re right there to get this deal done. I would like to get it done this Sunday, and start negotiating with team Mayweather. I think we’re there. Conor and I have agreed on a deal. Then you get a bunch of lawyers involved, and it [could get] stupid. As soon as this is done, we go to work. It will be me and [Al] Haymon, in Vegas or LA…If that deal can get done, then we’ll get it done. If we can’t, I’ll need to move on. It’s either going to happen this year, or it’s never going to happen at all. This isn’t something that I’m going to spend a bunch of time on, or I’m going to dedicate the next three months of my life to. Conor wants to fight twice this year. He feels the same way. He wants one of those fights to be Floyd, if possible.
Fertitta, the ex-UFC owner, says he supports Dana White’s plan to pay Mayweather $100 mil and McGregor $75 mil if they fight.
It’s never too much money. They deserve it. McGregor [will win] for sure. Conor’s a special guy. He’s different. Don’t underestimate him.
White says he is setting Sunday 14th May as the deadline to get McGregor’s part of the deal for the Mayweather fight, or he will walk away.
I plan on having this thing locked up by this Sunday and then moving on to Team Mayweather and starting a negotiation with them. If we really do get it done in that time frame, then this thing could possibly happen. But again, I still need to go negotiate with [Floyd Mayweather’s team]. There’s no guarantee that we’re going to come to a deal…I just can’t keep messing with this thing. I need to run my business and I have to focus on all the other things that are going on around here.
Charlie Hunnam says McGregor inspires his role in King Arthur: Legend of the Sword.
While I was playing Arthur, I thought an enormous amount about Conor McGregor, the reigning lightweight champion of the UFC. His attitude is ‘There is no opponent. I am fighting myself in the octagon. It’s only me and my own fears and the execution of my own ability that is going to win or lose a fight for me.”
While making an appearance on The Herd with Colin Cowherd, White confirms he had September 16th in mind for McGregor and Mayweather. However, he wasn’t able to get the deal done in time.
The reason they got my date is because I couldn’t get my deal done on time, so they got the date. Listen, life moves on, man. We don’t wait for anybody. If the fights are going to keep rolling – you know, I didn’t get the deal done fast enough so I lose the date. That’s how it works.
He also says he may walk away from the deal.
I’m not hinting that it’s getting close at all. I knew that this thing was going to be a nightmare to get done, if it can even be done. We’ll find out. Obviously, both guys want to fight each other, but what’s the deal? Can the deal be done? That’s the question. It’s not just Mayweather. It’s both sides of this thing are going to be hard to get done. And absolutely, there’s going to be a point where I’m done. This isn’t what I do, this isn’t my business and I’m definitely going to walk away.
White says that, despite uncertainties about the Mayweather fight date, McGregor wants to fight twice in 2017.
Conor wants to fight. Conor wants to fight Floyd, Conor wants to fight twice this year, so we’ll just have to see how this thing plays out…Obviously I was expecting him to fight this summer. That is not the case so we’ll see what happens. I know he recently came out and said he’d like to fight in November. I like Georges St-Pierre, he’s a great guy… we’ll see. We’ll see what happens.
Alvarez, a father of four, wishes McGregor the best of luck as a new father.
Oh man. Oh man. I got no advice, man. He is doing quite well, man. I think he is going to do a good job. If he puts 10% of the effort into his child as he does fighting, I think he is going to do damn good. So I wish him the best of luck. [Fatherhood] is very terrifying. You are just not sure how you’re going to do. There is no real book for it, you just got to do it and hope that you’re the right person to be a Dad. I’ve been a champion, I’ve been a lot of things, I’ve had no better success…nothing better in my life than being a Dad. That’s my biggest success I’ve had so far.
McGregor, Devlin and Conor Jr. leave the Coombe Women & Infants University Hospital in McGregor’s Range Rover.
McGregor releases the first picture of Conor Junior.
Dee and Junior are doing great everyone! Thank you for all the kind words, I am one proud and blessed Daddy ❤️
Devlin and McGregor open an Instagram account for their son, Conor Jack McGregor.
Devlin and McGregor announce the birth of their son, Conor Jack McGregor, born in the Coombe Maternity Hospital on Friday night, weight 8lb 14oz. McGregor’s father, Tony:
There’s great news for the McGregor’s and the Devlins. Baby Conor Jack McGregor was delivered last night at 8pm in the Coombe Hospital…He came in at 8 pounds 14 ounces. The whole family are absolutely delighted. We’ve experienced this recently with our eldest daughter and there’s no better feeling in the world than being a grandparent. The parents are absolutely over the moon and everyone is healthy.
Mayweather is interviewed on Fox Live.
The only thing I do is have patience. No-one thought the Mayweather-Pacquiao fight would happen, but I had patience. Do I believe the fight is going to happen. I really don’t know when, as of right now. But me and my side…we are ready to go. They sign on the dotted line, and [we start] at training camp…’Ready to go’ is when they sign…The hold up is that Conor McGregor has a baby that’s due. After the baby is due we can go from there…[Regarding money] you have to work your way to become the A-side. In the UFC, he is the A-side. This is Mayweather Promotions working with the UFC. We are the A-side because of the numbers, because of the PPV numbers. His largest guarantee was only $3 million, no more than $5 million.
Conor Jack McGregor is born to Dee Devlin and Conor McGregor at Coombe Maternity Hospital. He weighs 8lb 14oz.
White says he is working on the Mayweather-McGregor fight.
Still working on it. We are not close…To get a deal like this done, this doesn’t happen in a couple months. It’s gonna be a tough deal to get done, if it gets done at all…I guaranteed that I would try my hardest.
White also responds to Mayweather’s comment that McGregor could beat him.
I’ve never heard Floyd talk like that! Anybody knows a fight is a fight. Anything can happen in a fight especially when you have a guy who hits as hard as Conor does, and when you have a guy who is as talented as Floyd.
Diaz calls out Aldo for ‘crying’ about McGregor.
Aldo’s crying about McGregor? I’m like bro, it’s your fault, you took him on that fucking ride around the world and let him punk you everywhere. You’re responsible, what the fuck are you crying for? I don’t even know if he’s crying anymore because he got over it, he probably realised that. I’m like bro, you just made a star out of that guy! I wish I had somebody I could just run all around the country and slap around, You know what I’m saying, now I’m the most famous guy in the world and all I had to do was slap around this little fucker all around the whole place. I don’t mean to disrespect Aldo, but let’s talk the truth here, this is the real hour.
Diaz says he does not want to fight McGregor again.
I don’t want a third fight. F-ck Conor, he can f-ck himself. I never got a compliment for whooping the golden child’s ass. I was made out to be a 200-pound monster who Conor came back and beat. I deserve to be treated with more respect than that…If Floyd beats Conor, who gives a f-ck? I already beat Conor. You beat a guy whose ass I already whooped. I’m calling their bluff. Let’s make the fight happen and then I got the winner.
Mayweather says McGregor could beat him.
I’m not gonna sit right here and knock Conor McGregor. He’s gone out there and done what he’s had to do. It’s obvious he’s done something right thus far to get to the point where he’s at. I’ve been off for a couple years and I’m 40 years old now. So, I’m a lot older and he’s still in his 20s and I’m in my 40s now. So that could play a major key, we don’t know. And he’s a heavy hitter. Every time he goes out there and defeats fighters, he’s standing up. He’s in a boxing position and he’s beating fighters. Does he have a good chance of upsetting Floyd Mayweather? I can’t say, but anything can happen in the sport of boxing.
During his Believe You Me podcast Bisping compares the blowback he’s receiving for fighting George St-Pierre versus the lack of criticism thrown towards Conor McGregor, who is trying to get a fight with Floyd Mayweather.
Whatever I do, I get shit off everybody. Conor McGregor can do no wrong, he is Jesus reincarnated. He can walk on water, he can do whatever the f-ck he wants. He can leave the sport of UFC and go chase a boxing match and that’s still the best thing ever, holding up two divisions whilst he’s at it. But me, Jesus Christ, all I tried to do is get a big payday and I’m the scum of the earth, I’m the devil. The top seven are calling me out. Whichever one of them, because they’re all tough guys, let’s be honest, whichever one I pick, the other six are all going to bitch and whine and complain. So you can’t win. I’m fighting Georges St-Pierre, f-cking deal with it.”