Floyd Mayweather versus Conor McGregor is quite simply the most highly anticipated and talked about match-up in the history of boxing. It’s got all of the crowd-pulling appeal imaginable, with unbeaten Mayweather taking on one of UFCs all-time greats in a boxing ring. We have yet to hear the full lineup for the event, which is confirmed to be taking place on Wednesday, August 26th at the T-Mobile Arena, but rumors are amassing that the World Heavyweight Champion Anthony Joshua could make an appearance.
The story started when Joshua and Mayweather met up in the U.K. Joshua expressed that he wanted to be on the undercard. Specifically, he said, “Get me on the undercard!” and then followed up by commenting about how massive and lucrative the match will be. It seems like a clear gesture, though there’s no telling how serious a consideration his statement really was.
Joshua was recently seen hanging around outside Mayweather’s gym in Las Vegas and took photos of himself standing underneath the “Money Team” logo. The heavyweight champ was later on found inside the gym with fellow heavyweight Marcellus Williams, and after greeting eager fans inside the gym, the two settled into a light spar session with each other.
Floyd Mayweather was, however, nowhere to be seen during Joshua’s visit to his gym. On the same day, he posted pictures on his Instagram with Dan Bilzerian, a poker player come playboy who cashed in the WSOP 2009 main event the year that then PokerStars pro Joe Cada took home the title — though Bilzerian is actually better known for his Instagram antics and larger than life claims than for his poker skills. Mayweather posted an image of the two together in a dressing room with the caption “Money Never Sleeps”.
A recent, purely speculative report has added to the rumors of the undercard fight by stating that Joshua has a worthy and waiting potential opponent for the bout. The legendary UFC heavyweight Stipe Miocic has stepped up and stated that it would be a great fight between him and Joshua. Though worded as if this is a direct challenge from Miocic, this is a loose connection to make at this stage.
For now, it’s unclear whether Anthony Joshua will face off against anyone as an undercard fighter on the Mayweather/McGregor bill. His next fight is the rematch against Wladimir Klitschko, which is expected in November. After that, he wants to fight Deontay Wilder and then Tyson Fury!
That’s quite a lineup already, and one reason why he might not choose to be on the bill even if he is offered a spot. Would Joshua really do anything that could jeopardize his opportunity to fight Klitschko? Doing so would put his world championship at risk. It’s probably not worth it for Joshua overall, no matter how lucrative the undercard match would be for him.
If Joshua faces off against a UFC great, we would be in for one of the greatest undercard matches of all time. But for now, we can’t be sure who will appear on the bill. With the Mayweather versus McGregor fight scheduled for August 26th, we can expect full lineup announcements in the coming weeks.