Depending on who you talk to, we’re either much closer to seeing a fight between Conor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather Jr., or it’s just not going to happen.
It looked like we were heading in the right direction this week when Mayweather revealed he would offer McGregor $15 million to fight. As for Mayweather, he would give himself $100 million because he believes they are the “A” side. The boxer said he and McGregor could also talk about how they’d split the pay-per-view percentages for what would likely be one of the most watched fights of all-time.
It doesn’t look like that’ll come close to being enough, some of which might be by design. Beyond McGregor telling Mayweather he wants $100 million to fight under boxing rules, Skip Bayless believes Mayweather’s “insultingly low offer” of $15 million is proof that he is afraid of McGregor and wants absolutely no part of him in the ring.
“Conor McGregor is 28 years of age,” Bayless said. “Floyd is almost 40 years of age and he’s heading towards washed up. Because he has not fought anybody for a long, long time. He is afraid of what Conor McGregor, even under strictly boxing rules would do to Floyd’s 49-0 legacy, which is tainted forever. Some MMA fighter, what if he lost to an MMA fighter? Which he would.”
For what it’s worth, McGregor’s purse for his fight against Nate Diaz at UFC 202 was $3 million. Once the PPV shares were accounted for, as well as sponsorship money and bonuses, he took home around $15 million. While the $15 million Mayweather is offering would be guaranteed, McGregor knows there would be a lot more money on the line if they were to fight.