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Conor McGregor hits back at Floyd Mayweather's rematch claims and insists he's 'not interested'

Rory O'Callaghan

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Conor McGregor hits back at Floyd Mayweather's rematch claims and insists he's 'not interested'

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Conor McGregor has hit back at Floyd Mayweather's claim that the pair are in talks over another money-spinning fight and insists he's "not interested" in a rematch.

Mayweather stopped McGregor back in 2017 to extend his professional record to 50-0.

Neither man has boxed professionally since then, with McGregor resuming his UFC career and Mayweather only fighting in lucrative exhibition bouts.  

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However, Mayweather has set his sights on a rematch with McGregor and claims that negotiations are ongoing between the two camps over a potential fight.

Speaking ahead of his upcoming exhibition bout against Mikuru Asakura, Mayweather told the Daily Mail: "I want to go out there this weekend and have fun, then I have another exhibition Dubai in November and me and Conor McGregor in 2023.

"We don't know if it's going to be an exhibition of a real fight. But there's been talks of both. I would prefer an exhibition.

"I am not into fights where I am going to take any real punishment.

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"So, guys like Conor McGregor and guys that don't really hit hard such as YouTubers or UFC guys, I don't really mind colliding with those kinds of individuals but nothing where I am going to put myself in a position where I am going to harm myself or hurt myself."

However, McGregor has poured cold water on the idea of a second fight against Mayweather.

The Irishman took to Instagram to post a picture from their first meeting, alongside the caption: "Not interested".

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Mayweather is keen to face McGregor for a second time (Image: Alamy)
Mayweather is keen to face McGregor for a second time (Image: Alamy)

He then posted a second image of the fight, tagging the accounts of his various business interests and sports partnerships so that they covered up Mayweather.

McGregor is currently preparing to make his long-awaited return to the UFC.

He has not fought since suffering a broken leg in his trilogy defeat to Dustin Poirier at UFC 264 in July, 2021.

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The former two-weight champion is expected to make his return to the octagon in early 2023.

Mayweather, meanwhile, faces Asakura in an exhibition bout in Saitama, Japan on Sunday.

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While he insists he has no interest in facing Mayweather for a second time, McGregor has previously said he intends to return to boxing once his UFC career is over.

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"Boxing is my first love in combat sports. I had such a great time the last time I was out there," McGregor told Sky Sports News in May.

"Obviously, my return will be in the octagon for UFC - that story is far from over, in fact it's just being written, it is just the beginning.

"But, boxing, for sure I will grace the squared circle again in the future."

Topics: Boxing, UFC, Conor McGregor, Floyd Mayweather

Rory O'Callaghan
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