The potential bout between boxing legend Floyd Mayweather and MMA superstar Conor McGregor just took an interesting turn. After spending the last couple of months dismissing the rumours and claiming that the fight was simply a publicity stunt, UFC president Dana White has thrown his hat into the ring by offering both fighters $25 million to fight under the UFC banner.
That’s an offer most fighters could never turn down, but for Floyd “Money” Mayweather, that’s considered a lowball. Mayweather was guaranteed $32 million for his last fight against Andre Berto. His previous fight, against Manny Pacquiao, broke pay-per-view records, earning him upwards of $300 million ($100 million guaranteed plus PPV share).
A bout between the biggest name in MMA and the biggest name in boxing could potentially blow every pay-per-view record out of the water. For that, Mayweather is sticking by his initial demand: a guaranteed $100 million.
McGregor holds the UFC purse record of $3 million (plus pay-per-view bonuses) which he earned in his rematch with Nate Diaz. That’s peanuts compared to the numbers Mayweather is accustomed to.
If this fight does take place as a boxing match, Mayweather will be the overwhelming favorite. McGregor has shown himself to be a good striker inside the octagon, but he has never competed in as a professional boxer. He’d diving straight into the deep end, adapting to a new code against one of the greatest pound-for-pound fighters boxing has ever seen.
McGregor has very little to lose, though. A loss against the greatest boxer of his generation will not impact his reputation as a mixed martial artists. Putting up even a decent fight would boost his credentials.
On the other hand, Mayweather risks a huge hit to his legacy. He’s spent the last two decades building a perfect resume. His 49-0 record includes wins over some of the greatest names in boxing. If Mayweather is not able to mop the floor with McGregor, his reputation will be diminished. If he does the unthinkable and loses, it will be completely undone.
We’ll keep you updated as the Mayweather-McGregor saga develops. But for now, here are the odds.
Mayweather vs McGregor Odds
Odds the fight takes place by the end of 2017: 13/7
Odds to win (as a boxing match)
Floyd Mayweather: 1/7
Conor McGregor: 11/1
O/U on the PPV buys: 4.5 Million
O/U on guaranteed payout
Conor McGregor: $25 Million
Floyd Mayweather: $75 Million
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