Conor McGregor’s long-awaited match-up with Floyd Mayweather Jr just moved one step closer to actually happening.
Talk of a potential bout between the Notorious and Money first caught fire at the backend of 2016 with many talking up what could be the fight to end all fights.
However, negotiations have since stalled, leading some to speculate to whether Mayweather and McGregor were actually willing to put their reputations on the line for a billion-dollar payday.
The answer, from McGregor’s end at least, appears to be a resounding yes, after UFC president Dana White confirmed to ESPN that a settlement had been reached between the fighter and his employers, over the hotly-anticipated scrap.
“(Conor and I) are not meeting. We’re right there to get this deal done. I would like to get it done this Sunday, and start negotiating with team Mayweather,” White told ESPN’s Brett Okamoto.
“I think we’re there. Conor and I have agreed on a deal. Then you get a bunch of lawyers involved, and it (could get) stupid.
“As soon as this is done, we go to work. It will be me and (Al) Haymon, in Vegas or LA.”
White was keen to stress, however, that if the two fighters ultimately failed to come to an official agreement over the fight, the idea could be scrapped altogether.
“If that deal can get done, then we’ll get it done. If we can’t, I’ll need to move on,” he told ESPN.
“It’s either going to happen this year, or it’s never going to happen at all.”
“This isn’t something that I’m going to spend a bunch of time on, or I’m going to dedicate the next three months of my life to.
“Conor wants to fight twice this year. He feels the same way. He wants one of those fights to be Floyd, if possible.”
All eyes are now on Mayweather, who must decide if he truly wants to put his undefeated record on the line or, as some have claimed, whether he has simply been all talk and no action.
Not that everyone is convinced he would struggle against Mayweather, with Michael Buffer previously predicting in an interview with loaded that the boxing legend would win comfortably against his less disciplined opponent.
Fans could be finding out, either way, soon enough.
Loaded staff writer Jack Beresford has produced content for Lad Bible, Axonn Media and a variety of online sports and news media outlets.