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Mayweather-McGregor “very close” to a deal

It looks like the circus is coming to town...

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Wil Esco is an assistant editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2014.

Brace yourselves. Reports are swirling that Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor have nearly finished negotiating a deal that will put the MMA star inside a boxing ring against this generation’s best boxer.

Floyd Mayweather told ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith over the weekend that the sides were "very, very close" to what is being billed as a superfight, but really is just the easiest cash grab of Mayweather’s career — perhaps even easier than his Wrestlemania match with the Big Show.

Now rumors of an impending deal have reached a fever pitch after Conor McGregor had to cancel an appearance at The Red Cow Moran Hotel in Dublin on Feb. 17 so that he could fly to Las Vegas to tie up some loose ends with Mayweather.

In fact, it’s being said that the only thing currently holding up the announcement of the fight is a “third party,” speculated to be the UFC’s Dana White, who will have to be satisfactorily cut-in on the deal otherwise litigation would surely ensue.

Dana White has been on record saying that Mayweather-McGregor would be “impossible to make,” but combat sports has overcome much bigger hurdles in the past when there’s a buck to be made. I expect this will be no different.

So as of now, all signs are pointing towards this thing actually happening, which will surely be something of a lightning rod for fans of both boxing and MMA.

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