Conor McGregor v Floyd Mayweather was one of the biggest sports events of all-time. The UFC fighter fought the undefeated boxer in August 2017. It seized the imagination of fans because they wanted to see if The Notorious could beat the man that nobody else was able to overcome.
In the end, Mayweather proved his class with a TKO win late in the fight. However, he never dropped McGregor. The referee intervened because ‘Money’ had lit up the Irishman who looked increasingly tired. And both men made massive money from this incredibly lucrative match-up.
Since then there have been rumblings of a rematch. Now retired, Mayweather signalled that he is willing to fight the former UFC champion because he has no respect for his punching power. In an interview with Fox Sports, Mayweather made his feelings clear.
Mayweather went 50-0 in his incredible career. After beating McGregor he fought Tenshin Nasukawa in an exhibition beatdown. However, that clash against the Japanese kickboxer didn’t go on his record. Nonetheless, Money is more than happy to make millions off of easy wins.
“If I could pick an easy $300 million, absolutely,” Mayweather said. “Same way, same results. Your health is your wealth,” Mayweather said. “So as far as me going out there and competing against a guy like Conor McGregor, or a guy that’s really inexperienced. Absolutely [I’d fight Khabib Nurmagomedov]. Those are $300 million fights.
However, at this point the American won’t risk his health. But he clearly doesn’t identify MMA fighters as threats in a boxing ring. The 43-year-old believes that he can dissassemble these fighters easily, with very little damage. He wants to walk away from the sport unharmed. Mayweather said:
“You have to make it make sense. Real sense. Certain type of dollars. I need to have my faculties also, I had my time. I had my era. It’s these young fighters’ era now. It’s OK for me to go fight a Khabib or a Conor – with those two fights alone, I could pick up $600 million. That don’t hurt to fight guys that just entertain. It’s all entertainment.”
Somehow we think McGregor and Khabib will bristle when they see these words. Do you think there would be any difference in a May-Mac rematch?
Anyway all water under the bridge who gives a fook.
I’m boxing Manny Pacquiao next in the Middle East.
— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) September 25, 2020
Meanwhile, McGregor himself says that he will fight Manny Pacquaio in the Middle East next year. Nothing is signed yet but both men indicated that they are happy to fight. The Filipino is one of the greatest boxers of all-time but is willing to take the fight and donate the earnings to Filipino coronavirus victims. McGregor tweeted:
“Anyway, all water under the bridge who gives a fook. I’m boxing Manny Pacquiao next in the Middle East.”
This potential match-up has received a mixed reaction from fans because they want to see McGregor fight in the UFC again. Do you think we will ever see him in a cage again? (But not a prison cell.)