In what is by far the biggest advancement towards the cross-codes superfight taking place – Irish mixed martial artist Conor McGregor has come to an agreement with bosses at the Ultimate Fighting Championship and has signed a contract to face five-weight boxing champ Floyd Mayweather Jr.
The fight between Mayweather and the former Crumlin amateur has been mooted for the best part of the year, and McGregor would successfully take out a boxing licence with the California State Athletic Commission.
However, McGregor’s contract with the UFC, with whom he is the lightweight (155lbs) champion, was viewed as a major stumbling block.
The Dubliner however has revealed that he has come to an agreement with the company, and that now the ‘only’ thing required to make the fight is Mayweather’s signature.
In a statement released via his website, McGregor said “it is an honour to sign this record breaking deal alongside my partners Zuffa LLC, The Ultimate Fighting Championship and Paradigm Sports Management.”
“The first, and most important part of this historic contract has now officially been signed off on. Congratulations to all parties involved. We now await Al Haymon and his boxer’s signature in the coming days.”
Mayweather is currently in London with his protégé Gervonta Davis, who defends the IBF super featherweight title against Liam Walsh at the Copperbox, live on BT Sport and BoxNation.
The press conference for that fight takes place this afternoon, and it is assumed that there will be a response from Mayweather here.
Joe O’Neill and Gavan Casey speak to Jason Quigley on Episode 5 of The Irish Boxing Show: