Floyd ‘Money’ Mayweather has stated that he will come out of retirement to face UFC star Conor McGregor but only if he receives a $100million payday and McGregor takes $15million, with both men taking a slice of the PPV revenue.
The talk of a potential showdown has been around for some time with McGregor following the Mayweather formula in creating a very brash and confident persona that has allowed him to rise to the top of his profession, creating a very strong brand appeal to him. The recent rise of UFC has pushed the sport right to the pinnacle of the fight industry with many people seeing the UFC as the number one sport in the fighting world. That thought is not replicated by Mayweather who is demanding the much higher pay check.
-Mayweather speaking exclusively to ESPN had this to say:
“I’m saying right here: Conor McGregor keeps telling everybody he wants the fight – let’s make it happen. We tried to make the fight. They know what my number is. My number was a guaranteed $100m. We’re the A-side and I don’t know how much money he has made? I’m pretty sure he hasn’t even made $10m from an MMA bout. But we are willing to give him $15m and then we can talk about splitting the percentage, the back-end percentage on pay-per view.”
“But of course we’re the A-side. How can a guy talk about $20m or $30m if he’s never even made $8m or $9m [for one fight]?”
“The only thing I’m probably interested in,” Mayweather added, “is the Conor McGregor fight. I’m a businessman, and it makes more business sense.”
A lot of talk has come from long time adversary Manny Pacquaio about a potential rematch with Mayweather but many fans and business parties see the first fight as a huge let down and believe any subsequent rematch would be the wrong piece of business. The Mayweather versus McGregor fight is where the money now lies.
If the fight should take place it will be in a four sided boxing ring as opposed to an MMA setup. McGregor has recently acquired a boxing license from the state of California which has added fuel to a debut boxing fight. The advantage would be firmly in the undefeated American’s corner but McGregor is not one to shy away from a fight and this showdown would certainly be one of the biggest drawing fight nights in history. But is this a statement that paints a dramatic image for the state of boxing, when a UFC star can come and potentially smash records or is this a statement of the massive star power Conor McGregor has attained for himself. Of course Mayweather is the PPV king and has out earned McGregor by some distance, but there is no other fight on the planet that would draw as much revenue as this. Therefore, will Mayweathers demand of a much higher purse affect the signing of a fight between the two or will McGregor be happy to take the split and earn his biggest pay day to date!?
We will all have to eagerly await response from Conor McGregor.
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