Another day, another Conor McGregor-Floyd Mayweather development, this time coming from Mayweather Sr., who has changed his tune about the potential match-up.
The elder Mayweather has been highly critical of McGregor in recent weeks following the emergence of some boxing sparring sessions on social media.
Now, however, it seems the passage of time has caused the boxing legend’s father to revise his thinking slightly. Speaking recently to On The Ropes Boxing Radio, the trainer admits that since his son is now 40, he doesn’t need to be taking chances, especially chances in the form of Conor McGregor.
At first it appears that Mayweather Sr. is all for a fight with the UFC lightweight king.
“When his age comes, he’s just got one thing he has to do, you have to deal with your age. He’s still talking about fighting, which I don’t think is a bad thing if he was fighting Conor McGregor. I think he’s quite a bit young too, Floyd’s over a decade older than him.
“I’m going to be honest with you, as far as him boxing at 40 or 41 against someone like McGregor, bring it on. Bring it on.”
He then, however, reins back in that statement and adopts a far more cautious mindset.
“You can’t be safe if you’re taking chances. I think he doesn’t need to be taking chances with nobody. If I was him, I may not do it with Conor McGregor. You never know what people may do, he may throw an elbow, he might throw a knee. You just don’t know with him.”
The notion of McGregor going rogue and reverting to his MMA skill set was recently floated by boxing analyst Teddy Atlas and it seems now like Mayweather Sr. has bought into the notion.
With Mayweather Jr. appearing to be taking the lead from McGregor in chancing the fight, it still looks like the most implausible of bouts is still firmly in the realm of reality.
As time passes, however, doubts such as those now harboured by the elderly trainer could spread and we will be left with nothing but a memory of what might have been.
Time will tell.
Gary Brennan, Pundit Arena