Reuters Friday, 19 May 2017 249 views

McGregor agrees to take on Mayweather

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The long-rumoured bout between undefeated American boxing champion Floyd Mayweather and mixed martial arts champion Conor McGregor is halfway to becoming a reality after the Irishman signed a deal for the fight.
 

UFC President Dana White broke the news during a television interview following the NBA’s Eastern Conference Finals matchup.
 

"The McGregor side is done, I'm starting to work on the Mayweather side now," White said. "I've got one side done. If we can come to a deal (with Mayweather) the fight will happen."
 

McGregor later confirmed the deal.
 

"The first, and most important part of this historic contract, has now officially been signed off on," he said.
 

 "Congratulations to all parties involved. We now await Al Haymon and his boxer’s signature in the coming days."
 

Terms of the deal were not announced.
 

McGregor, 28, is the biggest pay-per-view draw in UFC’s mixed martial arts while the 40-year-old Mayweather retired in 2015 with a 49-0 record.
 

The two sides have been exchanging verbal spats and challenges for several months.
 

The proposed bout would be a straight boxing match.

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