Finally, it was all lining up.
Early Tuesday morning, ESPN reported that Floyd Mayweather was willing to fight. Later on Tuesday, reports came out that Conor McGregor was heading to Las Vegas. Then the Nevada State Athletic Commission confirmed “real discussions” were going on. The McGregor-Mayweather superfight was going to happen.
Then it wasn’t.
On Tuesday afternoon, just in time for Valentine's Day celebrations, Mayweather broke everyone's hearts, posting on Instagram that he is “happily retired” and that there aren’t any deals coming for any fights in the near future:
There seems to be several rumors floating around media recently however, let the record show, there hasn't been any deals made in regards to a fight between myself and any other fighters. I am happily retired and enjoying life at this time. If any changes are to come, be sure that I will be the first to let the world to know.
News about the potential superfight blew up on Tuesday after ESPN's Stephen A. Smith reported that Mayweather said a fight was “getting very, very close” after seeing the boxer Saturday night at the Oklahoma City-Golden State Warriors game. But things apparently moved in a different direction soon after that.
Mayweather’s post was followed by some more taunting (big surprise) from McGregor, who posted this to social media:
I am in Las Vegas. Floyd has retired on my arrival. pic.twitter.com/z9EcxBJaDr
— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) February 15, 2017
McGregor actually headed to Las Vegas to meet with the Nevada State Athletic Commission about a “re-hearing” following punishment for a bottle-throwing incident before UFC 202 last August, according to Fox Sports. “The Notorious” was fined $75,000, ordered to do a $75,000 public service announcement, and 50 hours of community service following the incident. The importance of all this is that to get a boxing license in Nevada, McGregor needed to clear things up with the commission.
If that all goes well, it’s possible the superfight could happen after all, at least according to Mayweather. Obviously things need to be taken with a grain of salt after all this back and forth, but the boxer laid it out in pretty certain terms:
— Floyd Mayweather (@FloydMayweather) February 15, 2017
Will it happen? Maybe. Only time will tell—and then McGregor and Mayweather will tweet about it.