Floyd Mayweather Vs Conor McGregor News: Mayweather, Who Has Never Fought Outside US, Says He Prefers To Fight UFC Champion In Moscow

By Timothy Jay Ibay
on Mar 21, 2017 01:58 AM EDT
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Conor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather
Conor McGregor said they are very close to inking the fight against Floyd Mayweather. (Photo : YouTube Screencap)

Another day, another released tidbit about the potential Floyd Mayweather – Conor McGregor fight. This time, the undefeated boxer told a Russian state-owned media network that he would prefer that the fight take place in Moscow.

“I want to give people the spectacle: MMA world vs. boxing world – this fight can be organized in Moscow; I would choose Moscow if I were asked today,” Floyd Mayweather said during a media scrum. It’s a curious statement from a fighter that has not fought professionally outside the US. As noted by Bleacher Report, Mayweather’s last 14 fights have been held in the Las Vegas metropolitan area, making his supposed preferred venue for the potential fight with Conor McGregor a surprising pronouncement.

Bloody Elbow also points out that holding the fight in Russia would greatly affect the North American pay-per-view market because of the significant time difference. There is also the matter of the impact on the potential billion-dollar revenue given the current state of the Russian economy. Apart from citing Moscow as his preferred venue, Floyd Mayweather also maintained that he would like the fight to happen in June. As a note, Conor McGregor recently said he would prefer for it to happen in September.

Meanwhile, an MMA insider going by the Twitter handle of @TalkMMA tweeted out a poster of the potential fight, claiming that the massive spectacle would indeed be happening. He followed that up, tweeting, “This is all in the hands of Mayweather. Floyd hates the media for accurately reporting him beating a woman. He’ll make the announcement.” Conor McGregor has also done his part in promoting the fight recently, getting in the face of boxing pundit Dan Rafael during a boxing event at Madison Square Garden.

While there remain no official details on the negotiations, or if one is indeed ongoing, the fact that the three sides – Floyd Mayweather, Conor McGregor and the UFC – continue to make public statements regarding the potential fight is a sign that all sides want it to happen. Stay tuned to this space for further details.

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