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Floyd Mayweather vs Conor McGregor is not happening but here's the story

Floyd Mayweather vs Conor McGregor? No. It's not happening. But here's what everyone is talking about.

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Scott Christ is the managing editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2006.

In the United Kingdom, The Sun has reported that Floyd Mayweather will be fighting UFC superstar Conor McGregor this summer. Here's what The Sun got from A Source:

A source told The Sun: “Floyd went mad after Conor said he would crush him and knock him out in 30 seconds, he’s obsessed with making Conor eat his words.

“Floyd is calling the shots. It’s strictly boxing and Conor will have to lose roughly 25lbs.

“It was agreed in principle on May 2, but Floyd wouldn’t reveal the identity of his opponent until last night when he told friends he’ll be fighting Conor.”

I will eat my words if what I'm about to say turns out to be false, but here's the point I want to make without going overboard about it: obviously, this is horseshit. Like, how could this even possibly really happen?

Let's turn to MMA Fighting's Ariel Helwani, who gives a big obvious reason this won't happen:

McGregor, 28, has been embroiled in a very public spat with UFC about his pay, following an upset loss to Nate Diaz in March. A rematch between the two was expected for UFC 200 on July 9, but, well, it's a whole ordeal with McGregor and UFC.

As for Mayweather, all signs are pointing to him coming back. His company recently registered for trademarks on "TBE50" and "TMT50," his interview with Showtime's Jim Gray revealed that he's talked with CBS/Showtime about a return, and there's no shortage of potential suitors for him: Adrien Broner, Danny Garcia, the Keith Thurman-Shawn Porter winner, Kell Brook, (dontsayitdontsayit) Manny Pacquiao (AGH!) -- pretty much anyone Mayweather would want to fight would take the fight. Too big a chance.

And surely, if it were actually possible to do it, Conor McGregor would take it, too. There'd be nothing to lose and everything to gain for McGregor. But this is not happening. Anyone who thinks there is a real chance of this happening is out of their minds right now.

But that's the story. That's what people are talking about. There it is.

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