If you thought the announcement that Nate Diaz and Conor McGregor were going to have their rematch at UFC 202 in August would put an end to the talk of a possible fight between McGregor and Floyd Mayweather, well, you were wrong.
— UFC (@ufc) June 5, 2016
According to McGregor’s coach at Straight Blast Gym, John Kavanagh, the Diaz fight may delay the Mayweather booking, but it doesn’t mean that fight is totally off the table.
"It puts it on hold. I think that contest will happen eventually but it's on hold for now. I'd be very surprised if it doesn't at some stage,” Kavanagh told MMA Underground. “I think it's a bigger fight; I think there's a lot of intrigue about it. I could be 100% wrong. Right now we're focusing on August 20th. We have an important rematch – a mixed martial arts fight – but if in time that fight was to be announced it would not surprise me and I think it would be an interesting one."
— Floyd Mayweather (@FloydMayweather) May 30, 2016
From the amount of press the never-booked fight has generated, Kavanagh is likely correct, the fight does have a lot of intrigue about it and would undoubtedly sell a huge number of pay-per-views. But until Mayweather picks up the phone and calls UFC president Dana White, the fight remains nothing more than fantasy.
Still, Kavanagh has obviously given the contest some thought.
“It's hard to beat Floyd with boxing because he seems to be almost perfect in terms of how defensive he is,” said Kavanagh. “I think if you're a classically trained boxer you're gonna lose to Floyd because he just seems to make everybody look quite ordinary. But maybe somebody who doesn't strike like a boxer might be a new look for him.”
In the end, it looks like the talk of Mayweather–McGregor is far from dead, but is that a good thing or a bad thing? I guess that’s up to how you view the possibility of the fight ever taking place.
— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) June 10, 2016