Boxing News 2016: Mayweather's Reps Reacts to Conor McGregor's Boxing License
Ultimate Fighting Championship lightweight champion Conor McGregor was issued a boxing license in the state of California on Wednesday.
The announcement came just days after he was stripped of the UFC featherweight title. According to a report by FloCombat, "The Notorious" and his team are not limiting themselves to California alone, and will be seeking licenses in other states as well.
As far as boxing goes, McGregor did hold a stint as a boxer in Ireland, way before he rose to fame in mixed martial arts and the UFC. But after he hit mainstream superstardom, his name went as far as the boxing realm, and was pitted against retired undefeated great Floyd Mayweather Jr.
The two men have been rumored to face each other since May, with a date penned for New Year's Eve in Las Vegas, as supposedly offered by the Mayweather camp. Along with it came and offer worth $50 million, which he claims McGregor had not accepted. After which, "Money May" stated that he already wants to "move on" from the idea.
But after McGregor's win at UFC 205 where he became the UFC's first simultaneous two-weight world champion, talks once again began. McGregor and Mayweather were once again in each other's crosshairs, throwing verbal barbs at each other through respective interviews.
In light of McGregor's boxing license, Mayweather Promotions CEO Leonard Ellerbe had something to say about it. But overall, he is not at all impressed.
"He beat world champions over a 20-year period and here's a guy, McGregor, who has about 20 fights and lost three of them, and three fights ago he was seen on the mat quitting," Ellerbe told USA Today Sports (via MMA Junkie). "What are we talking about?"
Mayweather recently hit on McGregor for "trying to use his name for fame." Ellerbe expectedly shares the same sentiment. "The quickest way to become famous is to align yourself with another famous person, and he's done a good job of that," Ellerbe said of McGregor.
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