Earlier this year, the interim UFC Featherweight Champion – and eternal font of confidence – went on record as saying he’d manhandle Mayweather in less than thirty seconds by wrapping him up like a boa constrictor and strangling him into submission. Mayweather, probably tired of being thrown into hypothetical fights that aren’t in his wheelhouse, laughed it off and basically called McGregor a publicity-hunting joke.
While Mayweather has his eyes set on his September 12 fight against Andre Berto, McGregor isn’t done trying to coax him into his world. In a recent interview with The Guardian, he said he’d “dismantle” Mayweather in a no-rules fight, as would Rousey. But unlike like Women’s Bantamweight Champion, he’d knock him out cold.
“In a real fight, I would dismantle him in seconds,” McGregor said. “Ronda would dismantle him in seconds – 100 percent. When you don’t know how to grapple, you don’t stand a chance. For us, it’s like playing with a baby. People who don’t understand the sport cannot understand how vulnerable they are. Ronda is a judo Olympian. She would throw Floyd on his head in a second. Me? I would knock him out. Cold.”
McGregor also believes a fight between him and Mayweather would be the richest in history, generating well over $500 million in revenue. And if there’s one thing we know about Mayweather, it’s that he won’t turn down an opportunity for a big payday.
“If you’re talking about a fight that could generate half a billion – it’s this one. There’s never going to be another boxing fight like this,” McGregor said. “Only a cross-style match between Mayweather and me could generate that kind of interest and revenue.”
Will a fight between Mayweather and McGregor – or Rousey, for that matter – ever happen? Probably not. But we hope that doesn’t stop any of the above parties from continuing to talk shit. That’s what hypotheticals are for.