According to Brett Okamoto of ESPN, and confirmed by the California State Athletic Commission, Conor McGregor has applied, and been issued a boxing license as of today.
Now, lets not jump to conclusions, because there are a few things we know for absolute certainty.
1. Conor is not fighting until after May, when his baby is due, so him being granted the boxing license today does not mean ANYTHING in terms of an upcoming fight.
2. Conor and the UFC have butted heads in recent weeks, and that is evident by him giving up the Featherweight belt, and with his request for a legimate stake in the company, this has to be viewed as a leverage move.
3. Conor has more on his plate with the UFC for 2017 than any fighter ever has. We know he will defend the Lightweight belt, assumedly against Khabib or Tony Ferguson, and we know he wants to complete his trilogy with Nate Diaz. Both those fights alone, with him already being sidelined until month 5, leaves him with only 7 months in 2017 to fight in two incredibly high-profile fights, leaving him no time to fight a loser like Floyd.
I have made my distain for this matchup known since day one, and have no respect for anyone who actaully wants to see this fight made. Floyd is not an entertaining fighter, no matter the stage or opponent. Love him or hate him, Conor BRINGS it, each and every single night. This fight cannot and should not happen. Floyd will never step into the octagon, because he knows Conor would make him look like a child, but Conor is crazy enough to actually get in the ring with Floyd, and while I think Conor's standup is a true work of art, he doesn't belong in the ring with one of the greatest boxers ever, and the greatest defensive boxer ever. Floyd out-points his opponents each and every time, and he would use his defense and speed to wear Conor out, land the counter strikes he relies so heavily on, and win in decision as always. Neither man belongs in the other's world. MMA and Boxing are not interchangeable. It doesn't work that way, and for good reason. There is a reason the greatest MMA fighters and greatest Boxers ever have never tried to cross-fight before now - it's STUPID. The only thing that makes the conversation around this fight keep going is the amount of money it would likely bring in, and unfortunately for us as fans, the two Combat-Sport athletes who care the most about money are involved in this. I will watch if it happens, but I will certainly not be happy about it.
So to reiterate, Conor IS NOT returning to ANYTHING, until May (or whenever his baby is born), and even then, this move to get his license is (in my [very educated] opinion) nothing more than a way to get Dana White and the rest of the UFC owners to pay attention, and pay up.