Since the debate began a very long time ago, I have doubted that it would ever come to fruition, but it did. Floyd “Money” Mayweather Jr. retired and has always said it would take another nine-figure payday to get him out of retirement. Now, that is exactly what he’s expected to get when he faces UFC lightweight champion Conor Mcgregor in a boxing match on August 26 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. In the past Mayweather made some pretty extraordinary claims about the color of his skin and compared it to the color of Conor’s. With the issue of race aside, several people chimed in and laid it all out there. Mayweather’s assertion that it is racially motivated is childish and pouty. He isn’t thinking about the real issue and I doubt his ego will ever change his mind. Oh well, at least we can count on MMA for entertainment.
Mayweather has faded quickly and effectively as a man with a big mouth that nobody likes.
That type of person has no race, just an annoying habit of being someone people love to hate.
Let’s talk about why Mayweather singled out Conor first. He didn’t single him out because he is Irish, he chose Conor because Conor is notorious (which is also his fight nickname) for talking a lot of trash before he fights. Mayweather likens his own trash talking to Conor’s. That statement has problems in itself. There are two major hiccups in that comparison. One is that Mayweather is nowhere near the same level of clever that Conor is in his statements. Conor is quick-witted and talks trash like a great story teller about the weaknesses he sees in his opponents. Mayweather simply talks about how great he is and that he is a legend like we have never seen. The second is simple, Conor makes light of it and he does it in a funny way while he is being honest. Mayweather is not joking and trying to be funny whole he talks about how great he thinks he is.
The main point of argument is that Conor backs up his talk and makes predictions about his performance that are true. He takes chances and goes for the finish every time. He is a “hungry” fighter that truly believes he works hard to be the greatest. Mayweather does believe in himself as the greatest, however, he is not an enthusiastic fighter. He does not fight to finish, he fights to score points and not take damage.
That is all well and good, but it is not entertainment and it is not what people want to pay tons of money to see.
Although I don’t see him standing a chance against the slick defense and years of polished experience in a boxing ring against Mayweather, McGregor has already accomplished his goal: to have a life-changing payday. McGregor has made millions from endorsements and other revenue, but he’s never made this kind of money simply for fighting. His take could grow exponentially as well if the event is as big of a success as it’s pacing to be.
President of the UFC, Dana White has already said he fully expects McGregor to defend his 155-pound title in the Octagon before the end of the year. If that happens, it should be a fruitful year for Conor, win or lose. All of the purses are only estimated right now, but they are going to be huge. Mayweather Promotions CEO Leonard Ellerbe says the two sides have a confidentiality agreement that restricts them from revealing all of the financial details publicly. There will be a preliminary release of the purses, per Nevada State Athletic Commission law the day before the fight, but that is only a baseline figure. The percentages of the gate, pay-per-view buys and other bonuses will not be included in those numbers. Personally, I can’t wait.