Mayweather retracts August date for possible Conor McGregor fight
Representatives of retired boxing world champion Floyd Mayweather have verbally retracted a date request for a proposed megafight between UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor, reports the Los Angeles Times.
ESPN.com's Dan Rafael reported earlier Tuesday that Mayweather Promotions had planned to request a fight date of Aug. 26 from the Nevada State Athletic Commission at a meeting on Wednesday.
For now, Bob Bennett, executive director of the Nevada Athletic Commission, says that could change before Wednesday's meeting.
Bennett says that neither fighter is licensed to fight in Nevada and that getting medical clearance should not take long.
“Is anything done? No,” Bennett said. “Do I believe the fight will probably come to fruition? Yes,” he said.Bennett said.
Less than a year ago, the The CEO of Mayweather Promotions said that a fight between Mayweather and McGregor would never happen, adding that McGregor getting a boxing license is nothing more than a ploy to get more fans.
McGregor was issued a boxing license in California after giving up his featherweight title following his lightweight title win in November.
Mayweather has said he would offer McGregor $15 million to fight, far below McGregor's reported asking price of $100 million.
UFC president Dana White has offered both fighters $25 million each to take the fight.
McGregor (21–3) won the UFC's lightweight belt after beating Eddie Alvarez at UFC 205 on Nov. 12, thus becoming the first UFC fighter to hold two titles simultaneously.
The 40-year-old Mayweather (49–0, 26 KOs) has not fought since beating Andre Berto in September 2015.