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The idea of a Conor McGregor vs. Floyd Mayweather Jr. boxing match has not been put to rest just yet. New rumors of the potential superfight have begun to surface — but with an interesting twist.

According to a source with knowledge of the fight who spoke with exclusively, negotiations between McGregor and Mayweather are further along than previously reported. In fact, the current plan is to organize the event for a 2017 date.

Additionally, another bout between Cris "Cyborg" Justino and Cecilia Braekhus is now in consideration for the undercard, setting up a boxing vs. MMA angle.

Conor McGregor recently won his UFC 202 rematch with Nate Diaz, pulling in an estimated $15 million paycheck for himself. Combined with the drawing power of Mayweather (who has generated approximately $1.3 billion in PPV revenue over his career), and it's easy to see why this might be a tempting earnings opportunity for everyone involved.

In the past, both Mayweather and McGregor have expressed an interest in making the fight happen.

"Cyborg" meanwhile is set to make her UFC main event debut at UFC Fight Night Brasilia next month, and it's thought that her performance at the September 24 bout could make or break the deal with Braekhus.

Both women have also previously expressed interest in fighting each other in the boxing ring.

No official word has come from either the UFC or boxing promotions.


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