Floyd Mayweather confirmed Wednesday he is going to fight Conor McGregor again at some point in 2023, but McGregor is apparently not interested.
Mayweather announced the fight in a conversation with the Daily Mail while promoting his upcoming fight in Tokyo against Mikuru Asakura. “Then I have another exhibition in Dubai in November and me and Conor McGregor in 2023,” Mayweather told the outlet. “We don’t know if it’s going to be an exhibition or a real fight. But there’s been talks of both. I would prefer an exhibition.”
The fighter explained that he would prefer an exhibition fight because he is “not into fights where I am going to take any real punishment,” a clear jab at McGregor after the duo’s previous fight in 2017. Mayweather beat McGregor during their first fight with a tenth-round TKO, McGregor’s first and only boxing match, the Daily Mail noted.
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“So, guys like Conor McGregor and guys that don’t really hit hard such as YouTubers or UFC guys, I don’t really mind colliding with those kinds of individuals but nothing where I am going to put myself in a position where I am going to harm myself or hurt myself,” Mayweather continued. (RELATED: Jake Paul To Fight UFC Legend)
Two years after that fight, McGregor challenged Mayweather to a rematch.
“Boxing is my first love in combat sports. I had such a great time the last time I was out there,” McGregor told Sky Sports in May.
Despite his previous comments, McGregor posted an image on his Instagram account of he and Mayweather fighting with the caption #NotInterested and the peace sign hand emoji.