Floyd Mayweather says Conor McGregor rematch will happen in 2023, throws shade at UFC star

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Undefeated boxing champ Floyd Mayweather has revealed plans to face UFC star Conor McGregor sometime next year in a rematch of their 2017 bout.

In an exclusive interview with Sportsmail, Mayweather said he and McGregor have agreed to meet again, with only a few details still to be finalized.

“We don’t know if it’s going to be an exhibition or a real fight. But there’s been talks of both,” Mayweather, 45, said, adding that he would prefer an exhibition because “I am not into fights where I am going to take any real punishment.”

Mayweather won their first bout in Las Vegas with a 10th-round TKO.

“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,” he added.

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Mayweather, whose win over McGregor pushed his lifetime record to 50-0, has a pair of boxing exhibitions on his upcoming schedule: one this weekend against Mikuru Asakura and another one in Dubai in November.

McGregor, meanwhile, hasn’t fought since suffering a broken leg in his last UFC fight, a loss to Dustin Poirier on July 10, 2021.

Since then, McGregor has expressed a desire to return to the boxing ring. “Boxing is my first love in combat sports,” he told Sky Sports in May. “I had such a great time the last time I was out there.”

Story originally appeared on MMA Junkie