The dream match involving Conor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather Jr. went into high gear, with the former officially securing a boxing license in California. However, it does not necessarily mean the dream fight is on.
Boxing License means nothing to Mayweather
The fact that Conor McGregor has secured a boxing license may be big news to most, but not for Mayweather and company. Mayweather Promotions CEO Leonard Ellerbe explained that while it is something that the UFC lightweight champion got his boxing license, McGregor still has a contract with the UFC, ESPN reported.
Ellerbe was inadvertently referring to UFC president Dana White, who is expected to step in at some point. With a live UFC contract, McGregor cannot simply waltz out and fight whoever he wants –regardless if it is boxing, mixed martial arts or even wrestling.
McGregor’s case is no different from Ronday Rousey, who previously appeared at Wrestlemania 31. After her surprise appearance, critics and fans ranted for Rousey to have an actual WWE match.
White shunned the idea and stressed that it was a one-and-done deal. It never happened, though it may still be possible should Rousey leave the UFC.
Conor McGregor securing licenses for fun?
Just like Floyd Mayweather Jr., Conor McGregor can do whatever he wants, MMAFighting.com reported. He can secure as many boxing licenses as he wants, though this means nothing.
In short, it could be an effort to stir up hype. He and Mayweather have jawed back-and-forth on social media, but most see it nothing but for show. Right now, Mayweather is enjoying his retirement even as “The Notorious” has been known to enjoy the limelight and intrigue.
That said, securing the boxing license may be nothing more than a new element for a fantasy match involving Mayweather and McGregor. As far as making it a reality, nothing credible has even come close. Maybe in the movies?