Conor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather have been in talks over a potential super-fight in 2017, the UFC star's coach John Kavanagh has revealed.
The Dubliner and the boxing legend, who retired last September, have been involved in a war of words in recent time, despite heavy speculation that the duo could face each other. He took a step closer to the fight after the UFC lightweight champion was granted a California boxing licence.
The Sun earlier reported both the camps were in talks about a mega fight over a £100m ($126.5m) bout. McGregor's coach has hinted the fight could take place next year after admitting that he would bet on it.
"If the odds were good enough, I'd put a few quid on it for next year," Kavanagh explained, as quoted by The Sun.
"I'm not breaking any news saying that there's conversations going back and forth for the last year or so. Is it getting any close? I don't know, but it certainly wouldn't surprise me that it's going to happen."
Mayweather is unbeaten in his career and has won all his 49 fights. Should he agree to a fight with McGregor, he will then be presented with an opportunity to clinch his 50th victory. Kavanagh has hinted that both camps are keen for the fight between the UFC star and Mayweather to take place in 2017.
"He's 49-0. I'm sure he wants that 50th fight. It's a nice number. Right now, ask the average guy on the street, who do you want to see Mayweather fight, what fight's going to get the most interest, and it would be a superfight with Conor," McGregor's coach said.
"Certainly stranger things have happened in combat sports than a Mayweather-Conor fight. I wouldn't be surprised by it, so who knows? It's one of the many options that are there for Conor, so let's see how the next couple of weeks go."
McGregor made history when he became the first fighter in UFC's history to hold two titles concurrently, which he achieved after defeating Eddie Alvarez at UFC 205 in New York. The 28-year-old, who is currently on a break, was stripped of his featherweight title.