Move over Floyd Mayweather…
The talk of boxing vs. MMA is alive again. It all started when Ronda Rousey was still on her dominant streak as UFC women’s bantamweight champion. Comparisons to Mike Tyson led to some very strange debates.
Floyd Mayweather became involved in the conversation, and even mocked Rousey when she lost at UFC 193. Cue another huge UFC star in Conor McGregor, and Floyd became, at the minimum, at least a realistic fight.
Dana White’s Offer
After more than a year of back and forth, UFC president Dana White put some money on the table. Offering each man $25 million to fight, Dana tried to give Mayweather vs. McGregor some credibility. ‘Money’ was not impressed.
Blasting Dana White as a ‘comedian,’ Mayweather scoffed at the UFC president’s offer. Realistically, the fight would break all pay-per-view numbers in existence. Was Mayweather right to shoot down the offer? Former heavyweight boxing champion Evander Holyfield says he will take the fight:
Here’s What Evander Holyfield Posted On Instagram:
evanderholyfield Yo @danawhite send that $25mill this way move over @floydmayweather I can squash @thenotoriousmma Let’s do this. Real champ talk
Now 54, and a heavyweight too, Holyfield has been competing as a pro since 1984. His classic fights against Riddick Bowe and Mike Tyson are part of boxing lore. What’s with the callout of McGregor, though?
Despite having earned in the region of $350 million during his legendary career, Holyfield is not a rich man. In 2012 he was described as ‘bankrupt and flat broke’ by a media publication. Sadly this is not an uncommon story in the fight game.
Surely this is the fight to make? Well, not exactly, but at least we’d see a true fighting legend make an easy pay day, even at 54 years old. Thanks for stopping by, check out some of our other stories while you are here!