Floyd Mayweather Jr. Claps Back At Conor McGregor
A Conor McGregor-Floyd Mayweather Jr. boxing match sounds like the kind of fictional cross-discipline super event a 10-year-old would concoct, because as it stands, the likelihood of something so unnecessarily epic existing in reality hovers between "impossible" and "extremely impossible." There simply is no precedent that such a fight could actually happen. Well, that's not entirely true -- there was that one time Muhammed Ali decided to step into the ring with Japanese pro wrestler Antonio Inoki in 1976. Here's a refresher on how that worked out: Ali (who didn't throw a punch until the 7th round) nearly needed his legs amputated afterwards. So, ya, a contest between reigning MMA and boxing titleholders is probably a terrible idea.
A full-blown public relations war over the terms of the proposed bout, however, has been underway for months. Just last week, McGregor threw a social media haymaker at his hypothetical opponent, deftly combining adorable emoji art and a reference to the NBA player who famously slept with Mayweather's girlfriend.
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In keeping with his in-ring fighting style, Mayweather opted to wait for an opening to strike back, which came Wednesday afternoon when UFC President Dana White floated the idea of a $50 million split purse. For context, Mayweather has been adamant that he gets $100 million guaranteed to McGregor's $15 million (plus a cut of the pay-per-view money), so as you might expect, "Money" wasn't exactly thrilled by the notion of an even $25 million payday for both fighters. That's below him.
Before you ask for $25M, be worth more than $25M. You have the "2" and the "5" right but you meant to say $2.5M not $25M. pic.twitter.com/07vaWF0hen
— Floyd Mayweather (@FloydMayweather) January 19, 2017
To be fair, at least one of those figures appears to be inaccurate, as McGregor pulled in more than $2.5 million for his last fight against Eddie Alvarez (he's probably worth closer to $20 million), but that still doesn't mean he's got anything close to Mayweather's money. Then again, his net worth has nothing to do with how much money he should be paid -- it's a fight purse negotiation, not a bank loan -- but this isn't supposed to make sense. It's a fight. Don't think too much or else you won't enjoy it.
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