Talk of a potential boxing fight between Floyd Mayweather Jr and Conor McGregor just refuses to go away and the latest to stick his oar in on the situation is ESPN’s Steve Levy.
“Hearing Mayweather/McGregor could happen sometime in first 2 weeks of June. #Vegas,” Levy wrote on his Twitter page last night.
That claim is likely to be met with considerable skepticism however, particularly given that just a couple of days ago even Mayweather appeared uncertain whether McGregor actually wanted to fight him.
““The Conor McGregor fight, I don’t know if it’s going to happen,” Mayweather told ESPN on Tuesday. “If it do, it do, if it don’t, it don’t. They ask me about this fight always.
“If Conor McGregor really wants this fight to happen, stop blowing smoke up everybody’s ass. Sign the paper. Sign the paper. You said you were boss, just sign the paper and let’s make it happen.”
Discussions between the two men have been ongoing for over a year, with any bout between the undefeated boxer Mayweather and the mixed martial artist McGregor likely to become the first $1bn fight in history.
But negotiations between the pair have been steeped in legal complications, with McGregor tied to a contract with the UFC which prohibits him from entering into any other combat sports.
That has frustrated Mayweather, who is seeking one final fight to eclipse the undefeated 49-0 record he currently shares with Rocky Marciano.
“I can’t say if it’s going to happen because it is all up to the UFC,” the American told the BBC.
“I’ve done my part. I’m just waiting. If they want the fight to happen, let’s see.
Meanwhile, McGregor is still awaiting the birth of his first child with his long-time partner Dee Devlin in May, which only adds further doubt to claims that the mega-fight with mayweather could happen just a month later.