Mayweather vs McGregor: The Irishman Names His Price for Historical Match Up
Since annihilating Eddie Alvarez at UFC 205 on Saturday night, whispers of a fight between boxing’s greatest businessman Floyd “Money” Mayweather Jr and mixed martial arts kingpin Conor “Notorious” McGregor have been getting louder…and more direct.
The pair have jabbed at each other through various media outlets in recent days.
Mayweather (49-0) kicked it off by proclaiming McGregor (21-3) is far from his equal when it comes to the fight game. Mayweather compared his boxing accomplishments to what McGregor has done, saying you don’t compare “elephants” and “ants”.
Between photos with adoring fans on the streets of New York City, the the Irishman fired back, via TMZ, with “Say it to my face.”
Last night, at 1OAK nightclub in NYC, McGregor continued where he left off.
“Floyd’s not ready for this,” McGregor said from behind the DJ booth.
“Much respect to Floyd. He’s a solid businessman on what he’s been able to do. He’s a f***ing animal at what he’s been able to do. But as far as real fighting … as far as true, pure unarmed combat … Floyd don’t want none of this. He wants it under boxing rules. He wants a boxing match. He doesn’t want to fight. I want $100 million cash to fight him under boxing rules because he’s afraid of a real fight.”
As we reported earlier in the year, the fight would generate sufficient cash for both fighters (and, importantly, the UFC), “sufficient” in Mayweather’s case needing to be $250+ million. McGregor’s recent victories in the octagon have only added to the hype.
Will Al Haymon and Dana White finally give fight fans the matchup they’ve been salivating over? Or will Mayweather instead be lured out of retirement for a Pacquiao rematch? For the press conferences alone, we certainly hope it’s the former.
UPDATE (2 Dec 2016):
Conor McGregor has applied for, and received, a boxing license in the state of California. The Mayweather camp issued a statement via Leonard Ellerbe—Mayweather Promotions CEO—that it’s nothing more than a publicity stunt to raise the flamboyant Irishman’s stakes in the UFC, a sport he’s been training in his entire life.
Legendary boxing promoter Bob Arum agreed, although admitted he would be more than a little intrigued if McGregor was serious about a switch from the octagon to the ring. He did, however, offer caution about the arrogance of an MMA fighter moving to the highest levels of boxing to take on arguably the greatest defensive fighter of all time.
“They are two different sports and based on past experience it is madness to think he could step right in without any problem,” Arum said. “However, if he could listen to reason and come in and fight at an entry level then there could be something to work with. To think that he could come and fight one of the best fighters ever in Mayweather right away would be ludicrous.”
More to come.
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