The California State Athletic Commission confirmed the news in a statement this morning.
In an update that will only add fuel to the flames of a rumoured Conor McGregor vs Floyd Mayweather money-making extravaganza bout, the Irishman has officially been granted a boxing licence.
California State Athletic Commission executive officer Andy Foster today confirmed the news to MMAFighting.com:
‘He got a licence today and a federal ID. He’s a California boxer now. He’s qualified. I’d love to see him fight in California. It just needs to be the right opponent. Certainly a high-level opponent. We’re happy to license him. We’re happy he’s a California fighter.’
This is what CSAC executive director Andy Foster said when I asked him about a potential Mayweather-McGregor boxing match pic.twitter.com/vjWfNzy7iZ
— Marc Raimondi (@marc_raimondi) December 1, 2016
While today’s news obviously doesn’t make rumours of a potential matchup between the pair anything more than what they currently are; just rumours, one individual certainly seems to think that the event may soon become more than its current pipedream state.
‘If the odds were good enough, I’d put a few quid on next year.’
‘I’m not breaking any news saying that there’s conversations going back and forth for the last year or so. Is it getting any closer? I don’t know, but it certainly wouldn’t surprise me that it’s going to happen.’
This week’s proceedings seem to all point towards a genuine chance of the inter-sport spectacle going ahead. However, one final stumbling block remains, and it’s a big one.
Conor McGregor is still under contract with the UFC. President of the organisation Dana White is a famously tough negotiator, while the UFC maintain exclusive rights over all ‘mixed martial art, martial art, boxing, professional wrestling, or any other fighting competition or exhibition’ that one of their contracted fighters partakes in.
The likelihood of the bout going ahead could hinge on whether or not White feels like sharing his prized asset in the form of McGregor.
The Irishman holds the UFC Lightweight belt, and will have to defend it sooner rather than later if he plans on remaining a champion within the organisation.
MMA’s benchmark company have not hesitated when it comes to stripping champions of their belts in the past, with McGregor having been relieved of his crown at 145 pounds just last week.
If White refuses to negotiate, don’t be surprised to hear news of ‘the Notorious’ terminating his contract with the UFC.
Rumours of a potential rematch between Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao have also been doing the rounds of late, with the Filipino legend keen to have another shot at putting a dent in ‘Money’s’ flawless 49-0 record.
While it remains unclear as to whether either bout will happen, it does seem likely that the American will come out of retirement for one last huge payday.
As a McGregor fan, I have to admit that I hope the CMc-Mayweather bout doesn’t go ahead. As skilled a boxer as the Crumlin-native is on a Mixed Martial Arts level, he is far from ready to face one of the finest to ever step into the ring.
It would be a mind-boggling payday no doubt, but McGregor would do well to land one punch, not to mention actually win the fight.
A rematch between Mayweather and Pacquiao is what the sport of boxing deserves.