Mayweather Reportedly Offers McGregor $50 Million To Fight, But Don’t Hold Your Breath On That
Rick Chandler 01:22 pm, May 20th, 2016
Floyd Mayweather says he'll come out of retirement to fight Conor McGregor, and he's offered the UFC phenomenon $50 million for the proposed matchup -- to be held on New Year's Eve in Las Vegas, according to reports.
But the deal is so far from being done you can't even see it from Sarah Palin's front porch. First, Mayweather made the offer to McGregor himself -- and not UFC President Dana White, who would have to approve the fight.
Second, $50 million isn't going to be enough to get McGregor into a boxing ring. When you consider the international pay-per-view implications, the Irish UFC star is actually the bigger draw -- in Europe, Australia and New Zealand, Mayweather isn't nearly as big. Mayweather will want the biggest cut, and that isn't going to happen. TMZ:
Floyd's last fight produced disappointing PPV numbers, and Conor's star has never been brighter. Even his loss to Nate Diaz was epic ... the fight was great and it did not disappoint fans.
Roy Jones Jr., named Fighter of the Decade for the 1990s by the Boxing Writers of America (and still active at 47), is dismissive of the entire thing. Jones, to FightHubTV:
"Who, Floyd? In what, boxing? C'mon, man." Jones said. "Listen to me one more time, McGregor not gon' beat Floyd Mayweather in no damn boxing match so I don't even know why we're even talking about that. C'mon, man.
"You always hear about it, but listen, boxers box anybody ... but boxers are in control of their career. MMA fighters will fight anybody, but it's gotta be another MMA guy because they're not in control of it. The MMA (promotion) is, whoever that may be. So they can't really go out and make that crossover like a boxer could until they're away from the MMA (promotion). But when they're at their best, their prime years like McGregor right now, he's on top of the organization has to allow him to go out and do something crazy like that, which they know is crazy so they're not going to allow him to do that. Because he's not going to outbox Floyd Mayweather, are you serious? ... They're not going to let that happen because it would have an effect on their brand."
He makes a lot of sense. Why would White allow one of biggest stars to get pummeled in a boxing ring? He won't even allow McGregor to skip a weigh-in, so I don't see this happening.
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