When Conor McGregor fought Floyd Mayweather in the boxing ring in August last year, it was all the sports world could talk about. Two superstars from two polar opposite sports meeting in one ring for the ultimate showdown was a show stopper. Now it looks like a rematch will happen with one caveat —it’ll happen in the Octagon.
Omar Al Raisi, the editor in chief of Dubai’s largest sporting news outlet, “The Sports Journal,” says the rematch will take place in the near future with modified rules. According to the article that Raisi wrote, the modified rules are as followed: 4 oz gloves, no shoes, 155 weight with 5-minutes rounds.
Raisi also claimed that the following techniques will be barred from the contest: no takedowns, no kicks, no elbows, no knees. The clinch is reportedly going to be allowed, but without the possibility of using elbows and knees, there would be little to no point.
Raisi, whose source allegedly told him this information before McGregor’s antics last week, does not know if the fight will now be delayed or canceled altogether. Following the now infamous bus attack carried out by McGregor and his entourage, Mayweather tried to talk some sense in the 29-year-old MMA superstar on ESPN.
“I feel that when you have reached such high status, you have to carry yourself in a classy way. Outside the ring, you have to carry yourself as a gentleman.” said Mayweather who is 41 years old and has retired since his last bout with McGregor.
In the same ESPN article, Mayweather talked about coming out of retirement to fight again. “It is possible I do come back, but if I do come back, it has to be in the Octagon,” he said, which obviously added credibility to Raisi’s claim.
The all-star boxer, who is nicknamed “Money Mayweather,” concludes his conversation with his typical swagger. “Absolutely. If the money is right. You got to talk to Showtime, CBS. The money is going to be crazy. I can do whatever I want to do. I’m Floyd Mayweather.”
Sports Bible reported that UFC President, Dana White, is “pretty confident” a rematch between McGregor and Mayweather in the Octagon will take place. But when? That appears to be a question without an immediate answer.