Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor will reportedly fight each other again in 2023.
Boxing icon Mayweather and former UFC champion McGregor boxed each other in a professional bout in 2017, with Mayweather stopping the Irishman in the 10th round.
The match was the last fight of Mayweather’s professional career, in which he went unbeaten 50-0, and since then he has competed in exhibition matches against kickboxing star Tenshin Nasukawa and YouTuber Logan Paul.
The 45-year-old American will box mixed martial artist Mikuru Asakura in Japan this weekend and will face McGregor again next year, according to the Daily Mail.
“I want to go there this weekend and have some fun,” Mayweather told the Mail. “Then I have another exhibition in Dubai in November, and I and Conor McGregor in 2023.
“We don’t know if it will be an exhibition or a real fight [against McGregor], but both have been talked about. I prefer an exhibition. I don’t like fights where I’m going to face a real punishment.”
“So guys like Conor McGregor and guys who don’t really hit hard, like YouTubers or UFC guys, I don’t mind clashing with those kinds of individuals — but nothing where I’m going to put myself in a position where I can going to hurt myself or hurt myself.”
McGregor took a year off from MMA to box former multiple world champion Mayweather, relinquishing the UFC featherweight and lightweight titles to do so.
Since battling Mayweather, the 34-year-old has entered the UFC just four times, losing to Khabib Nurmagomedov and Dustin Poirier (twice) and beating Donald Cerrone.
McGregor is recovering from a broken leg sustained in his second consecutive defeat to Poirier last July, and the Irishman is expected to return to the Octagon in early 2023 at the earliest. However, it’s unclear how a possible attack with Mayweather could affect that timeline.