Report: Nevada State Athletic Commission Confirms That Floyd Mayweather-Conor McGregor Talks Are Real
Months ago, when Mayweather & McGregor were cyber beefing about a potential fight, no one in their right mind believed it could actually happen.
Fast forward to February and it seems all that back and forth wasn’t for nothing, because the wheels continue to turn for a monumental Floyd Mayweather-Conor McGregor fight.
On Tuesday’s edition of ‘First Take’, Stephen A. Smith said a Mayweather-McGregor fight was ‘very, very close’ to happening.
“It’s not finalized. There are details to be worked out. He did not confirm that a deal had been done as of yet, but as you know I’ve known Floyd for years and he had a smile on his face and he says, ‘We’re getting there. We’re getting very, very close,’ said Smith.
“He believes that he has the potential to make even more money than he made fighting (Manny) Pacquiao.”
Also on Tuesday, Nevada State Athletic Commission chairman Anthony Marnell confirmed that a fight between the two is actually being negotiated right now.
“There is a lot of real stuff going on,” Marnell told ESPN’s Brett Okamoto. “It still seems like a long shot, but when there is a lot of money involved, people tend to figure it out. There are a lot of cooks in the kitchen, but I’m not sure if we’re going to eat.
“The Nevada Athletic Commission, in my experience, has always been well briefed by all parties on an event or potential event that may take place in Las Vegas. We are aware of conversations and information that has been disclosed and not disclosed in the media. Whether these conversations will get to a point that a fight happens, I can’t tell you.”
“I’m confirming that real people are having real discussions,” Marnell said. “I’m also telling you my opinion as the Nevada Athletic Commission chairman that a lot of things need to get done in order to see something like this come together because there are so many parties that want to get their hands on the pot.
“Maybe it will get figured out, but it’s going to be hard when everyone is declaring they want $100 million. That’s not what I said – that’s what they’ve said. That’s their quotes, not mine. If everyone wants $100 million, that’s a lot of $100 millions to go around.”
Okamoto also reported that McGregor is in Las Vegas this week, possibly to resolve his issues with the NSAC stemming from a bottle-throwing incident last August.