UFC middleweight champion Michael Bisping has claimed that a proposed crossover bout between Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor "will happen" as Mayweather looks to replace a large amount of his estimated $340 million fortune he was recently scammed out of. Bisping was recently in Las Vegas to promote his upcoming title defence against Georges St-Pierre, which is expected to take place later this year when he discovered the information.

Bisping reveals Mayweather's motivation for McGregor fight

Bisping revealed on a recent episode of his podcast "Believe You Me" that whilst in Vegas he was informed that Mayweather had recently been "scammed out of a lot of money" which he was looking to make back with a lucrative fight against the current UFC lightweight champion McGregor.

Although Bisping believes that Mayweather doesn't need the money, he believes that replacing the amount that he was "swindled" out of is part of the boxers motive for coming out of retirement to face the Irishman.

Mayweather returns from retirement to fight McGregor

Mayweather retired in the autumn of 2015 following a unanimous decision victory over Andre Berto, ending his professional boxing career with a perfect 49-0 record. But after over a year of speculation surrounding a potential comeback fight with UFC superstar McGregor, Mayweather announced he would be coming out of retirement last week to face the 28-year old mixed martial artist.

Mayweather and McGregor have taken shots at each other through the media for well over a year now but a blockbusting boxing bout between the duo has seemed more likely to come to fruition over the last few weeks with reports even suggesting that both men had agreed on a date and a venue for the event.

Mayweather robbed

Bisping didn't go into too much detail regarding Mayweather's financial issues but claimed that the figure the former pound for pound king lost in the scam was "very, very big". Mayweather's Las Vegas mansion was recently robbed ahead of his 40th birthday celebrations, with an estimated $150,000 worth of valuables taken from the boxing stars home. The controversial star was also allegedly robbed of $7 million worth of jewellery in 2008 during another break in.