Conor McGregor strikes deal for boxing match with Floyd Mayweather Jr

Mixed martial arts champion Conor McGregor has agreed a deal to fight Floyd Mayweather Jr in the boxing ring.

McGregor, who currently holds the UFC lightweight title, has concluded his side of the negotiation process and hopes Mayweather will sign the deal "in the next coming days" after months of speculation linking the two multi-division champions first came to prominence in May of last year.

Conor McGregor strikes deal for boxing match with Floyd Mayweather Jr

In a statement issued to TheMacLife.com, the Irishman said: "It is an honour to sign this record breaking deal alongside my partners Zuffa LLC, The Ultimate Fighting Championship and Paradigm Sports Management.

"The first, and most important, part of this historic contract has now officially been signed off on. Congratulations to all parties involved. We now await Al Haymon and his boxer's signature in the coming days."

Mayweather retired from boxing in September 2015 after equalling Rocky Marciano's unbeaten record of 49-0 following a unanimous decision victory over Andre Berto, but has been involved in a war of words with McGregor on social media since retirement.

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