Is Conor McGregor vs. Floyd Mayweather in danger of becoming yet another MMA vs. Boxing match that never was? The jury is still out, but at least one voice of authority, Showtime Sports VP Stephen Espinoza, has been brave enough to at least put a year-end deadline on the superfight before it disappears forever.
Although the finger of blame can't be pointed at either party just yet, McGregor's ambiguity about the fight in general certainly hasn't helped things. The UFC lightweight champion announced that he had officially started his training camp for Mayweather last week, but has not even applied for a boxing license in Nevada despite settling up with the Nevada Athletic Commission and receiving the green light from the NAC commissioner, leading some in the Mayweather camp to label the "Notorious" one all bark and no bite.
Chief among McGregor's doubters, as it turns out, is none other than Mayeweather's father and head trainer, Foyd Mayweather Sr.
"He don’t want that fight. Floyd’s gonna turn him upside down,” Mayweather Sr. told FightHype.com over the weekend. “That be like you and Floyd in the ring! [Laughs]. He looks bad in the ring. That’s a done deal right there. They’ve already showed the best that he’s got."
In fact, Mayweather Sr. is so convinced of McGregor's sheepishness that he offered to fight him first, claiming that he would "bea the sh*t" out of the lightweight champ.
He ain’t nothing but talk! I told them people on the TV already, forget about Floyd. Let’s throw Floyd to the side. Here I am, I’m a 64-year-old man and I’ll beat your ass. I’ll beat the s**t out of McGregor! Anytime he wants it, let’s go.”
It would certainly be an interesting tune-up fight for McGregor, and if the general consensus of the boxing world is to be believed, a far more competitive fight as well. Although Mayweather Sr. has previously praised McGregor for having "good fundamentals", he's also claimed that the Irishman would be "as good as dead" in a bout with his son, which has been echoed by nearly every boxer of note who has weighed in on the potential fight. So...Mayweather Sr. vs. McGregor: WHO TAKES IT?