These Conor McGregor vs. Floyd Mayweather rumors just won't stop.
Ever since Mayweather flirted with the idea to the media, the world took hold of the concept and ran with it. Ever the social media king, McGregor wasn't far behind to fan the flames of excitement for a potential super fight. Not only tweeting out a mock-up promotional poster for the event, the outlandish Dubliner also went on record to state that he ran boxing.
That statement didn't sit overly well with fans of the sport.
With his "publicized civil war" with Dana White and the UFC seemingly behind him, the featherweight champ sat down with ESPN for an exclusive interview on Sunday morning and gave fans an insight into what's been happening the last few months.
During the interview, McGregor was keen to make one thing crystal clear: Mayweather needs him, not the other way round. The 27-year-old has the world at his feet, with deal after deal being sent his way and Hollywood beckoning, it's fair to say that the "Notorious" one no longer has any financial troubles.
Of course, as always with Conor, the issue of money was raised. With McGregor reportedly being offered $10 million for UFC 200, the idea of the UFC star pocketing a pay check of $7 million compared to Mayweather's $100 million seemed slightly odd.
McGregor said he isn't about to lessen his take-home.
"It was him that leaked the rumor ... He gets $100 million, and I get $7 million? That is a pay cut to me. I don't take pay cuts. I thought boxing was where the money was at. Seven million is absolutely laughable. He's talking $100 million. I'm also talking $100 million. I'm 27 years of age and I'm just about halfway through a $100 million contract.
The idea of a boxing match between the pair is an extremely interesting one. Floyd is seen by many as one of greatest boxers of all time and to this day is still undefeated.
Compare that to McGregor, a man who has electrified the world of MMA and dragged the sport into the mainstream spotlight; an individual who dominated his way through an entire division before hitting a slight stumbling block in the form of Nate Diaz. It also helps that Conor McGregor is a financial dream. Any card he is on is assured to rake in massive numbers, something that Mayweather's The Money Team are obviously aware of.
With his age, fitness, reach and cocky attitude, McGregor firmly believes that he would beat Mayweather.
"At 27 years of age, Floyd Mayweather was on Oscar de la Hoya's undercard. Compare that. Who doesn't want to conquer both worlds? He's getting old now. I have the size, I have the reach, I have the height, I have the youth. He needs me, I don't need him. That's the truth of it. Who else he can fight? He fights someone else in the boxing realm, all of a sudden the pay goes from $100 million to $15 million. He needs me. If he wants to talk, we can talk, but it's me who is in control here."
Of course, the fight coming to fruition is still less than likely. UFC boss Dana White has made it clear that if Floyd is truly serious in his intentions, then it is him and not McGregor that the boxer should call. The native Dubliner is still under contract with the UFC, and like it or not it is them who call the shots.
Maybe we'll see a McGregor vs. Mayweather showdown. Maybe we won't. But isn't the prospect alone exciting?!