Floyd Mayweather has confirmed that a rematch with Conor McGregor is in the works for 2023 and that the highly-anticipated bout could be another professional clash.
In the blockbuster fight between the pair at the T-Mobile Arena back in 2017, McGregor, in his pro boxing debut, was schooled by Mayweather and the bout ended in a 10th round TKO for the American. With the victory, Mayweather extended his boxing record to 50-0 before hanging up his gloves.
The Daily Mail exclusively spoke to Mayweather and the former pound-for-pound champion revealed that another meeting in the ring with the Irishman is set to take place next year.
He said: “I want to go out there this weekend and have fun [against Mikuru Asakura]. Then I have another exhibition in Dubai in November and me and Conor McGregor in 2023.
“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.”
When asked why he would prefer an exhibition, Mayweather added: “I am not into fights where I am going to take any real punishment.”
The last fight pocketed the pair a combined $280 million. And While Mayweather has been keeping himself busy and relatively in shape with exhibition bouts over the last several months, it has been a while since McGregor last fought someone.
The Irish UFC star hasn’t had a fight in more than a year after suffering a leg break in his defeat to Dustin Poirier in July 2021.
McGregor told Sky Sports in May: “Obviously, my return will be in the Octagon for UFC - that story is far from over, in fact it's just being written, it is just the beginning. But, boxing, for sure I will grace the squared circle again in the future.”
Mayweather returns to action this weekend when he faces MMA fighter Asakura in an exhibition bout in Japan.