While one report yesterday morning actually announced that there was a multi-million dollar fight deal between Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor, the rumors quickly came to a halt. That said, one of the two potential participants, undefeated boxer Mayweather, is giving fans something to at least stew on, because he said that things are "getting very, very close," per ESPN.
According to the ESPN report, Anthony Marnell, the Nevada State Athletic Commission chairman, confirmed that the the two sides are working on negotiating a deal, but there are serious challenges to getting it done.
"There is a lot of real stuff going on," Marnell said Tuesday. "It still seems like a long shot, but when there is a lot of money involved, people tend to figure it out. There are a lot of cooks in the kitchen, but I'm not sure if we're going to eat.
"The Nevada Athletic Commission, in my experience, has always been well-briefed by all parties on an event or potential event that may take place in Las Vegas. We are aware of conversations and information that has been disclosed and not disclosed in the media. Whether these conversations will get to a point that a fight happens, I can't tell you."
One of the major problems in getting a fight worked out is the pay day that both Conor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather are pursuing, which is rumored to be in the $100 million range. Additionally, McGregor's current boxing license—which he obtained in December—is in the state of California, not Nevada.
Added Marnell, who only confirmed that serious conversations are ongoing:
"Maybe it will get figured out, but it's going to be hard when everyone is declaring they want $100 million. That's not what I said -- that's what they've said. That's their quotes, not mine. If everyone wants $100 million, that's a lot of $100 millions to go around."
A fight between Conor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather would, without a doubt, be the biggest in the past 25 years. So, let's hope that this is something that somehow works itself out—even though there are a lot of sticking points to figure out first.