Time for fight of the millennium? Conor McGregor 'issued a pro boxing licence'

Conor McGregor, the superstar of the UFC, looks to finally be doing what he has warned he would do for some time – move into boxing.

Earlier this month, the 28-year-old Irishman became the first person ever to hold two UFC belts simultaneously – and it now seems he’s looking to cross more than just a weight category and move to a different type of fighting altogether, after he was reportedly issued a professional boxing licence in California.

California State Athletic Commission executive officer Andy Foster allegedly confirmed the report, speaking to sports website MMAFighting.com.

“He got a licence today and a federal ID. He’s a California boxer now. He’s qualified,” said Foster.

The report is huge news after McGregor has repeatedly been linked with a boxing match against the former boxing world champion Floyd Mayweather Jr.

Well of course. McGregor’s smack talk towards Mayweather has been endless.

“If you put me face-to-face with Floyd Mayweather – pound-for-pound boxing’s best – if I fought Floyd, I would kill him in less than 30 seconds,” McGregor told Esquire magazine. “It would take me less than 30 seconds to wrap around him like a boa constrictor and strangle him.”

Despite bemoaning Mayweather as a rookie in areas other than boxing, the Irishman has said he would swap disciplines to fight him.

(Brian Lawless/PA)

According to The Sun, McGregor’s coach John Kavanagh confirmed the pair were in talks about a 2017 fight.

“Is it getting any close? I don’t know, but it certainly wouldn’t surprise me that it’s going to happen,” said Kavanagh. “If the odds were good enough, I’d put a few quid on it for next year.”

Whether the fight will happen we can’t know for sure just yet, but McGregor getting a professional boxing licence is certainly a step in the right direction.

(John Minchillo/AP)

 

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