Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor is going to be the biggest fight in combat sports history.
Many people are calling this fight a joke and giving McGregor no chance, but despite all the criticism people will still tune in and watch. Both fighters will take home huge paydays and we will get to watch two of the biggest names in combat sports fight each other.
Our friends over at Evolve MMA put together a list of 5 things that are the most intriguing about this match up. We have listed the first two below and you can read all five here. They are pretty interesting.
1) Mayweather hasn’t competed in nearly two years and is now 40 years old
The last time the world was witness to Mayweather’s pugilistic greatness was on September 12, 2015, in a shutout unanimous decision victory over welterweight Andre Berto. At the time, Mayweather was 38 years old and coming off the most significant victory of his career over rival Manny Pacquiao.
Today, Mayweather is 40, two years older and definitely two years wiser. Although he loves to keep in shape when he doesn’t have a fight scheduled, the fact remains that Mayweather hasn’t traded leather for a very long, long time. Against a big puncher with the youth and size of McGregor, that could be a problem.
It hasn’t been evident, but Mayweather has slipped a little, in terms of his hand speed, defense, and overall boxing ability. Bouts against Miguel Cotto, Marcos Maidana and to an extent, Pacquiao, proved as much. He is easier to hit now, and perhaps a little ripe for the taking. But because of his otherworldly boxing skills, Mayweather has managed to appear as unbeatable as ever.
McGregor and team are banking on Mayweather showing his true age when they finally lace it up. With the Irishman’s monstrous left hand, anything can happen.
2) Mayweather and McGregor will be making an insane amount of money
Finally, there is only one reason this fight is happening – money. Both Mayweather and McGregor stand to make millions of dollars in selling this fight to the general public.
When Mayweather fought Pacquiao in 2015, the pay-per-view did over four million buys at $75 a pop for the regular version and nearly $100 for Hi-Definition. With their guaranteed purse combined with a cut of the pay-per-view proceeds, Pacquiao took home close to $150-million while Mayweather bagged a whopping $300-million in excess. It went down as the richest fight in boxing history.
How well the Mayweather-McGregor fight does will depend on how the promoters can convince the public that this will be a competitive fight. You already know the press conferences and media junkets will be absolute pandemonium, given how both fighters possess this amazing ability to generate interest in their bouts.
If enough people purchase what they are peddling, it wouldn’t be far-fetched to see it come close to Mayweather-Pacquiao numbers, or even surpass it. Despite McGregor having to share his revenue with the UFC, it will still amount to be his biggest payday yet.
Read all 5 intriguing facts at Evolve MMA.