Massive Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor Match in the Works
Things just got very interesting in the boxing world. Per reports, Floy Mayweather Jr. could be coming out of retirement to take on…Conor McGregor.
Money vs. Notorious
As crazy as it sounds, Mayweather could be preparing to unretire for what could easily be the most hyped showdown of his career. It’d be a big get for Notorious, as well, as McGregor was recently pulled from a huge UFC 200 bout with Nate Diaz and suddenly has a wide open schedule.
— Bleacher Report UK (@br_uk) May 6, 2016
Whether or not it’s for sure happening or when it goes down still hasn’t been made know. The two sides are reportedly still negotiating over the final purse and how it will be split. The Sun reported that Money Mayweather would likely see roughly $140 million, with McGregor taking in just around $10 million.
It’s tough to bite on those numbers this early in the process, just because this isn’t a boxing champion taking on a top boxing contender. This, in a lot of ways, is bigger than Mayweather vs. Manny Pacquiao. And even if it isn’t, it’s at least just very different.
McGregor has plenty of reason to want to spike up his pay, though. He’s on the top of the world in MMA right now, so much so, that he’s still the biggest UFC draw despite losing to Nate Diaz. That was his first loss in the UFC after moving up from the featherweight division, yet he still remains a champion and his popularity is unscathed.
Both fighters are on the top of their sports for the most part and clearly would see a ton of cash come their way. Money doesn’t decide everything, though, so why is this fight actually coming to fruition, seemingly out of nowhere?
It could be for a number of reasons. The most obvious one is these two guys don’t like each other. The two have traded jabs in the past, allowing their cocky takes on each other to leak out into the media.
McGregor dished out the first public sentiment, suggesting he could take down Mayweather in roughly 30 seconds. Actually, he did more than suggest it.
McGregor tore Mayweather up via the written word, saying he would “dismantle” Mayweather and that it’d be like “playing with a baby”.
Yikes. We can see why Mayweather might be a bit peeved.
Per The Sun, Mayweather has become “obsessed” and aims to force McGregor to “eat his words”.
Mayweather took it to another level beyond that, too, suggesting the media doesn’t hold McGregor accountable for his brash comments and actions. By comparison, McGregor seemingly benefits from race in Mayweather’s mind.
The big question is who would win this, at least at first glance. However, Mayweather is 49-0 as a boxer and this is a fight that would put even a strong stand-up fighter like McGregor out of his usual comfort zone. Odds are, Mayweather would win and he’d do so with relative ease.
That’s not to say McGregor wouldn’t have a chance at all, but Mayweather’s conservative, defensive fighting style makes it incredibly difficult for even the craftiest and most powerful boxers to take him out.
Even if the fight goes down, all the hype will likely be a waste, as Mayweather will probably just dance around and play the angle game, much like he did in a 12-round win over Manny Pacquiao and has done largely since 2012 (last seven fights have gone the full 12 rounds).
— Rolling Stone (@RollingStone) May 6, 2016
But the bigger question is if this fight will even happen.
Obviously the hype train will get going very quickly if/when this fight is officially finalized but for now there is plenty of reason to question the validity. For one, Mayweather is retired and McGregor has his own issues to worry about with the UFC. He has a belt to defend and he’s in hot water with the UFC after the whole debacle with UFC 200.
Of course, if this fight went down far into the future, none of that may matter. One huge reason for this showdown to happen reigns supreme, too: Mayweather wants to get to 50-0.
Currently tied for the best undefeated record in boxing, Mayweather could be looking for the perfect situation to officially vault himself to the top of those “best boxer ever” conversations. By taking down McGregor he’d do that, and settle a personal vendetta in the process.
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