Remember that time when everyone was excited about a potential fight between Conor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather? It’s happening again.
The trash talk between the two fighters gained steam a few days ago, when TMZ asked Mayweather if he saw McGregor’s fight against Eddie Alvarez at UFC 205. Mayweather claims he had no idea McGregor had a big fight and went on to say people should never compare McGregor to him because it’s “total disrespect.” McGregor responded shortly thereafter in a way you’d totally expect from him and UFC president Dana White even got involved by saying Mayweather has “never even come close to doing to other fighters what Conor does.”
Since then, McGregor has made it known that he’d be willing to fight Mayweather on his terms – in the boxing ring – for a cool $100 million, which is along the lines of what Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao both made when they fought each other last year. Mayweather, however, has yet to respond McGregor’s offer.
We probably shouldn’t hold our breath, either, because it’s likely only a matter of time until the hype fizzles out just like it did before. But ESPN’s Scott Van Pelt is more optimistic than most in this situation, as he truly believes they will fight sometime soon even without having additional information and sources to lean on.
“When ego and money are involved, people will take risks,” said Van Pelt. “The egos and the money here are massive, preposterously so. Each man can give the other something nobody else could, both in terms of risk and reward. Floyd has never lost – he’s 49-0. The risk of losing perfection to an MMA fighter of all people has to be considered. But the risk McGregor would take stepping out of the Octagon and its rules and into a ring governed by different rules is much, much steeper, which is why he’s already listed as a huge underdog.”
But then again, Van Pelt believes the fight could generate up to $500 million. That’s the kind of “massive” money he’s talking about. McGregor and Mayweather are both smart businessmen. Not many businessmen would turn down that kind of cash.
Van Pelt went on to say neither McGregor nor Mayweather need this fight, but the “desire to create an absolute spectacle” with all that money involved could just make it happen. Like him, we can only hope that it does eventually come true.