Don’t be fooled, the old ‘Mayweather vs. McGregor’ hype train was just setting off this year. Chances are they will be squaring off next year but with much smaller gloves this time…
During a bizarre turn of events this past August, UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor crossed over to the boxing world. In itself, this is not unheard of, but usually it’s against a very low-level opponent.
Boxing and MMA are two completely different sports, so to expect a mixed martial artist to compete against a high-level boxer is simply absurd. That said, when there are big dollars to be made, athletic commissions are willing to overlook a mismatch.
Proving this point, the Nevada Athletic Commission sanctioned a boxing match between McGregor and modern great pugilist Floyd Mayweather. Needless to say, ‘Money’ made it look easy.
During the pre-fight stages of hype, Mayweather said he would cross over to MMA after their boxing match, but very few people believed him at the time.
Mayweather to MMA…
The above image basically tells the entire story of Mayweather vs. McGregor. The better, far more technical and experienced boxer capitalizing on amateur mistakes of the debutant. If Joe Rogan and Dana White’s comments are anything to go by, the tables might be getting turned very soon.
Check out what the UFC baldfather had to say on the situation:
“We’re talking to Floyd about doing a UFC deal,” White told ESPN. “It’s real. He was talking about [boxing] Conor McGregor. Was that real? Have you heard Floyd talk about many things that aren’t real? He usually tips his hand when he’s in the media, and then that s— ends up happening.
“We’re interested in doing something with Floyd. Everything is a realistic possibility. Mayweather vs. McGregor f—ing happened. Anything is possible.”
According to the longtime UFC color commentator, ‘f*cking crazy’ Mayweather has been hounding the UFC president for a crack in the UFC:
“Dana told me that Floyd wants to make a deal in the UFC, like legitimately. Dana said ‘You’re f*cking crazy, you’ll get killed,’ but he keeps on talking about it. If they made (GSP vs. Mayweather), GSP would squash him. Like that would just be ridiculous.”
There’s no doubt in anyone’s mind which fight would be first for Mayweather in the UFC. The money fight part 2, it makes all the sense in the world from a financial standpoint, but absolutely none from the sporting or rankings view.
Will it Happen?
Ask yourself, if the UFC is willing to pay the bloated shell of James Toney to get violated by Randy Couture, why would they turn down this idea? Mayweather, albeit far past his best, schooled McGregor in the boxing ring.
Should he enter the promotion at 155 pounds, this would give the UFC a perfect excuse to overlook their contenders at 155, again, for a money fight. Add in coach Kavanagh’s comments about McGregor being out until mid-2018, and the timeline would fit too:
Quotes as per Irish Mirror
Just saw John Kavanagh who was very surprised by the Woodley vs. Diaz rumours. Says Conor probably won’t return until April or mid next year. Still have to go through negotiations with the #UFC to place deal for next fight.