Sat, May 20, 12:29pm by Staff Writer
MMA champion Conor McGregor has moved closer to setting up the richest fight in the history of boxing after applying for a boxing licence in Nevada.
McGregor, who has dominated the UFC with multiple championships, posted a picture of his MMA belts on Twitter this week, with the caption, ‘now it’s time to get some boxing ones’.
With the fight most likely to take place in Las Vegas at some time in the next 12 months, McGregor has sought clearance for the Nevada boxing authorities.
Nevada State Athletic Commission executive director Bob Bennett confirmed that McGregor had submitted his application on Thursday.
The application won’t be approved until McGregor provided an additional medical certificate, but Bennett told ESPN he doesn’t expect there to be any issues with the Irishman getting the all clear.
“Conor is intimately familiar with our licensing procedures, having fought here multiple times for the UFC,” Bennett said. “When he has time, and all sides have come to a contractual agreement, I’m sure he will fulfill our requirements, and we look forward to having him fight in Nevada.”
McGregor’s involvement in a fight during a media conference in Las Vegas last year had threatened to foil a fight in the gambling mecca, but that is no longer an issue for the Nevada authorities.
UFC boss Dana White confirmed that McGregor has agreed to the bout, but the battle now begins to get Mayweather to sign on the dotted line.
It is believed Mayweather is looking to make a similar amount to the near $200 million he pocketed from his fight against Manny Pacquiao in 2015.
That ‘fight of the century’ broke all pay-per-view records and led to a nine-figure payout to both men.
McGregor will not make as much as Mayweather from any fight, but is desperate to show what he can do in the boxing ring.
The ‘superfight’ would most likely surpass the figures from Mayweather/Pacquiao due to McGregor’s popularity in the UFC.
The fight had initially been pencilled in for September 16, but that date has now been taken by another fight.
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