Is Floyd Mayweather Actually Afraid Of Conor McGregor?

The evidence that Money would rather avoid a return to the ring against the Notorious.

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Fighting talk Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor Image Getty

Floyd Mayweather Jr is unbeaten in 49 fights as a professional and, from the looks of things, that’s the way he would like things to stay despite talk of a 50th fight and potential showdown with UFC’s Conor McGregor.

The two fighters have been circling each other for some time now, with speculation mounting that a $100m dollar fight could be on the cards very soon.

However, there are plenty out there who suggest otherwise. In fact, there’s a growing number of voices claiming that the fight simply won’t happen because of one man and one man alone: Mayweather. 

Veteran broadcaster Skip Bayless has become the latest to pour cold water on the idea of a fight happening claiming Mayweather’s current flirtations are just part of an ongoing pattern of behaviour designed to keep the fighter in the media spotlight.

“When it [the fight] gets that close, in the end Floyd will bow out and he will make the excuse that Conor McGregor is making ‘outrageous, unrealistic demands.’ He does it every time, because he wants no part of Conor McGregor,” he told Fox.

Conor McGregor

Bayliss isn’t the only one to cast doubt on Mayweather’s desire to face McGregor, telling the Daily Star “I just think it’s all hype. I don’t think Floyd is going to do that. I think Floyd is just talking.”

Mayweather’s posturing hasn’t gone unnoticed by his potential opponent either with TMZ reporting that McGregor took to the stage of a New York nightclub last November to slam the boxer. 

“Floyd’s not ready for this,” he said.

“Much respect to Floyd. He’s a solid businessman on what he’s been able to do … he’s a f****** animal at what he’s been able to do. But as far as real fighting … as far as true pure unarmed combat … Floyd don’t want none of this.”

In defence of Mayweather, you can certainly understand why he would be nervous about putting his unbeaten record on the line.

Boxing champion Floyd Mayweather Jr.

And, as Mayweather has already explained, it’s not like he needs the money.

“A lot of fighters in the sport of boxing may want to retire, but they have to fight because they have to. I don’t have to fight,” he told USA Today a few months back.

“I made $300m for fighting Pacquiao. I’m OK. Like I said before, I’m happy with my position. Once again, the money don’t make me; I make money. I’m well off. I make smart moves, and like I said before, I’m happy with where my career went.” 

Mayweather may be afraid of McGregor but then maybe opting not to step into the ring with the Irishman is exactly the kind of smart move Money has made a habit of throughout his career to date.

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Loaded staff writer Jack Beresford has produced content for Lad Bible, Axonn Media and a variety of online sports and news media outlets.