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article imageMayweather targets 50th win to eclipse Rocky Marciano's record

By Leo Reyes     Jun 11, 2017 in Sports
Floyd Mayweather, Jr. would find it difficult to deny that aside from the financial windfall his return fight will bring, he is likewise aiming for his historic 50th win as a pro to eclipse Rocky Marciano's career record of 49 wins without a single loss.
Mayweather (49-0-0, 26 KOs) retired in 2015 after his unanimous decision win over Andre Berto but after two years of enjoying his retirement from the sport, he announced last April that he is coming back to face Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) fighter Conor McGregor.
The unbeaten boxer from Grand Rapids, Michigan and now fighting out of Las Vegas, Nevada, has stated after announcing his return that he is coming back only to face McGregor and no one else.
Obviously, Mayweather will be hitting two birds with one stone. Aside from the huge revenue the fight is expected to generate owing to McGregor's immense popularity among MMA fans, he isn't likely to lose against McGregor who has yet to debut as a professional boxer.
The proposed boxing fight has generated interest among boxing and MMA fans following a massive awareness campaign by the promoters of both sides to determine how the fight will play out in the pay-per-view (PPV) marketplace.
Because of the immense popularity of both fighters, it appears that the fight will sell but fans aren't sure at this time if its a fight worth watching from the competitiveness standpoint.
Definitely, Mayweather will be competitive on fight night because he is fighting his own game but McGregor has yet to debut as a professional boxer. Read more:
Promoters of both camps are working on a possible fight in the fall. The parties have already decided on Las Vegas, Nevada as the venue of the fight.
While there no is official announcement yet about the details of the fight, both fighters are reported to have already started sparring sessions as part of their training leading up to the big fight.
Mayweather is reported to have 'sparred six rounds with undefeated prospect Devin Haney (15-0, 10 KOs), who is preparing for his own ring return on June 24th.'
Conor McGregor
Conor McGregor
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McGregor has neither fought as MMA fighter nor as professional boxer in the last eight months since his last outing in MMA against Eddie Alvarez in November.
For his next fight McGregor isn't training as an MMA fighter. His coach and trainer John Kavanagh said McGregor is now deep in training as a boxer in preparation for the Mayweather fight.
"There could still be negotiations going on four weeks out, but the big mistake would be to mentally put off the heavy training until every detail is agreed upon. We are training now. We're ready for that date in the fall, whenever that might be. We'll let the lawyers and suits deal with the nuances of who gets this and who gets that. Conor is a fighter. I am his coach. We'll focus on the contest at hand," Kavanagh told ESPN's Brett Okamoto.
Although McGregor has already signed his part of the contract, Mayweather is taking his own sweet time to affix his signature on the dotted line as there are still some issues that needs to be settled including the weight the fight is taking place at, the referee and gloves, among others.
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