Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor, boxing versus mixed martial arts, the next ‘Fight of the Century’ is going to happen. Set aside a few bucks from your paycheck, drop spare change into the curse jar, drink cheaper beer for a few months because you’re going to want that extra cash come September. This fight could be the most expensive and most lucrative in history, and you’re going to want to watch it, I promise you.
In case you haven’t heard, on Fox Sports Radio’s podcast ‘The Herd‘, host Colin Cowherd outright assured us this fight will happen. He’s so sure he even went as far as predicting the month it will happen.
“My intel is Conor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather is going to happen. It changed late last week. I got a call, then somebody else sent me something [on Sunday] and Saturday. We’ve booked rooms in Vegas. [It’s happening] in September.”
Nothing wishy-washy there. No hedging, no qualifying, no ‘if this, if that’ garbage. Just straight forward info from Cowherd – it’s happening.
“You’ve got Fox and CBS, you’ve got UFC, you’ve got boxing, you’ve got Floyd, you’ve got Conor. It’s gonna make a lot of money for people.”
Cowherd is no joke, and no dummy. He’s not prone to making Stephen A. Smith-like proclamations without solid info. If Cowherd says it’s happening then he has solid sources whom he trusts to give him the facts. Most of us are still just wondering if the fight is even going to take place. Cowherd is past that, he’s now onto predicting the month it’s happening.
The idea has been out there for some time now – a fight between Conor McGregor (19-3) and Floyd Mayweather (49-0). It’s an intriguing concept, pitting perhaps the best striking UFC fighter (definitely the most marketable) against the best boxer of our generation. It would be a legitimate bout, presumably fought under boxing rules. Meaning McGregor wouldn’t be able to use his kicks which are so effective for him, or any take down moves, or ground work on the mat. It’s the only way this makes sense. I can’t see Mayweather, at his age and with his skill set, agreeing to a mixed martial arts fight. For all we know, Mayweather has no MMA skills, but McGregor sure has boxing skills.
However, this puts McGregor at a distinct disadvantage, to say the least. And frankly, I don’t think he stands a chance in a straight boxing match with Money Mayweather. Not that I think Mayweather is a better all-around fighter than McGregor, quite the opposite. I’d take McGregor in a street fight any day and twice on Sunday. But just boxing, punching only (maybe a headbutt or ear bite too)? Well, Mayweather has that game down pat. He’s the best technical defensive fighter in history. No boxer has ever had his combination of hand speed, reaction time, footwork, and ring savvy. What makes anyone think McGregor can come along and do what 49 other professional boxers haven’t been able to?
And Conor McGregor knows this. But he also knows how much money he can make, and if he loses he’ll always have the excuse that he fought a boxing match. He was forced to fight with one hand tied behind his back, unable to access his full repertoire of fighting skills. So really McGregor has little or nothing to lose.
Mayweather, on the other hand, has much to lose if somehow McGregor pulls off a victory. Imagine that? The undefeated Floyd ‘Money’ Mayweather beaten for the first time by an MMA fighter. Talk about a stain on your legacy.
However, Mayweather has been very public about his desire for a fight. Just last week he spoke with Showtime Boxing about the fight.
So why would Mayweather take the fight if there is even the possibility he could lose and sully his previously perfect record? For one, Mayweather is the cockiest boxer this side of Muhammad Ali, confidence drips off him. And it’s not just for public consumption. Mayweather thinks, believes, knows he’ll beat McGregor in a boxing match. Secondly, just look at the nickname ‘Money’ – it tells you all you need to know about why this fight will happen. Both men stand to make more money than they’ll ever need, and that’s intoxicating. McGregor could be set for life, and Mayweather will proudly add it to his pile of cash too.
Let’s not forget what Cowherd said, Fox, CBS (Showtime), UFC, boxing, they all stand to make so much cash from this fight they’ll need to build a new island in the Bahamas just to have a place to stash it.
And that’s really what this is all about. Sure Mayweather has his undefeated legacy, and McGregor is still trying to prove himself as a big-name, big-money fighter. Yes, UFC and boxing hope to gain crossover fans from each others’ audiences for the long-term benefit of their sports. But ultimately it comes down to the cold, hard cash that’s going to be made by every party.
Mayweather vs. McGregor will happen because the world wants it, the fighters want it, the promoters and networks want it. There is simply too much money to be made for it not to happen.
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