Conor McGregor challenges Floyd Mayweather to boxing rematch

Even when Conor McGregor was winning, outside of the ring, he seemed more like a WWE character than a traditional fighting champion.

Now that he’s no longer winning, his antics and legal issues have made him seem more like a circus act.

He’s thrown a chair at a bus. He’s smashed a civilian’s cell phone. He’s been accused of sexual assault. He’s helped incite a post-fight brawl that spilled into the crowd. He’s “retired” multiple times.

Even in the octagon or ring, outside of a very personal MMA fight against Khabib Nurmagomedov (which led to the post-fight brawl), much of McGregor’s strategy for accepting fights seems to be about maximizing revenue.

That includes his boxing match with Floyd “Money” Mayweather, which drew 4.3 million pay-per-view buys and allowed both men to get paid handsomely.

Now McGregor would like a rematch.

Mayweather has not tweeted since May 9, and it does not appear that the undefeated boxer (50-0, 27 KOs) has responded in any way.

Sportsbooks, of course, would love this fight to happen.

Mayweather won the initial fight with a 10th-round knockout on Aug. 26, 2017. McGregor did win a few early rounds, as “Money” let McGregor tire himself out before ramping up his activity.

Despite the ridiculous notion that McGregor would win the fight, money poured in backing the MMA bad boy as a heavy underdog. Several sportsbooks profited more than $1 million when Mayweather won.

“It was the biggest boxing win we’ve ever had at Caesars Palace,” Caesars Palace sports book director Frank Kunovic said, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

Mayweather is now 42 years old and has not fought since beating McGregor. “The Notorious” is 30, but he’s 2-3 in his five professional fights since 2016, with one of the wins coming in a close majority decision.

While McGregor’s latest publicity stunt should cause more than a few eye rolls, it’s worth monitoring simply because of how lucrative the first fight was — for sportsbooks, for McGregor and Mayweather, and for smart bettors who didn’t mind eating chalk on perhaps the best defensive boxer of all-time.

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