Conor McGregor applies for Nevada boxing licence as Mayweather fight hype builds
UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor took another step toward setting up a mega-fight with undefeated boxer Floyd Mayweather by applying for a professional boxing license in Nevada, according to multiple reports.
The application was missing some medical documents but the Nevada State Athletic Commission will consider McGregor's request once those are provided.
Should the two sides agree to what would be a lucrative fight, the most likely location for the bout is Las Vegas.
News of McGregor's application comes on the heels of comments from UFC president Dana White, who said he had struck a deal with the 28-year-old Irishman over the fight and would now turn his attention to Mayweather's camp.
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Mayweather, 40, retired in 2015 with an unblemished 49-0 professional boxing record while Irishman McGregor holds an overall mixed martial arts record of 21-3 and a UFC record of 9-1, with his only loss coming to Nate Diaz in March 2016.
Of those three losses, McGregor, known for his striking abilities, has only ever lost by submission.
The two fighters have gone back and forth in the headlines for nearly a year regarding a potential showdown with both men previously stating they each wanted US$100 million (NZ$148 million) for the fight.
Earlier this week, UFC President Dana White had indicated he agreed to the deal for McGregor and Mayweather also indicated he would like to get a deal done.
"There's only one fight that makes business sense," Mayweather said.
"I came out of retirement because I'm a businessman and I want to give the world what they want to see.
"McGregor's a fighter. I'm a fighter. This is what the fight fans and MMA fans want to see."