UFC fight cards involving their two biggest stars, Ronda Rousey and McGregor in particular, net between 1 million and 2 million pay-per-view purchases, topping everybody in the boxing game except Mayweather. Boxing, on the other hand, has continued to decline. Once the second-most popular sport in the U.
How Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor came to be 2 Related If you're into combat sports for the high-level competition rather than the low-rent spectacle, you've maybe been covering your eyes and even holding your nose each time Mayweather or McGregor has taken to Twitter or Instagram in recent days.
Do we really need an encore presentation of the best of his generation schooling a boxer? The revival of these opportunistic antagonists' overcooked beef happened innocently enough, or so it might seem if you're not a parent of adolescent siblings.
That apparently was all the provocation it took.
The gesture, you see, came with an implicit pat on the head, the conqueror stooping to show his conquered little foe a thing or two. And McGregor isn't about to be big-brothered by anyone. The Irishman's ungrateful response on Twitter is not fit to be repeated here on a family website, other than the part where, while trying out some infantilizing of his own, he campaigned for a sequel of last year's artless summer blockbuster.
Is this just a passing distraction, McGregor using Floyd to generate extra pay-per-view buys for his MMA fight in October, and Mayweather using Conor to spice up a few heated summertime days of his retirement?
Or will we see Mayweather at cageside at UFC , pulling some sort of Lesnar lite stunt to get the hype campaign 2. These are questions some of us might wish we could just ignore until they go away.
But let's explore. What would it take to make this fight happen? A prerequisite for making a big fight happen down the road is winning the big fight right in front of you, wouldn't you think?
That doesn't seem to apply to McGregor, though. His tap-out loss to Nate Diaz in was humbling but did not dim his star power by even a single lumen. So even if he were to lose to Nurmagomedov, he would retain the wattage to call his shots and draw a crowd.
A loss at UFC might make a second boxing detour less likely, however, because of McGregor's own nature. Just as he would accept no fight other than a Diaz rematch in the aftermath of that defeat, he surely would focus all of his being on getting back inside a cage with Nurmagomedov if need be.
He's that competitive. If McGregor wins on Oct. But where would he go from there within MMA? Would he finally defend a belt?
Would he go after a third divisional crown, bulking up to challenge the winner of next weekend's welterweight title bout between Tyron Woodley and Darren Till? Or would McGregor follow the "Money" once again? The decision would seem to be all his, as long as he sets aside the majority of the cash for Mayweather and the UFC gets a taste as well.
Would the fight be in boxing or MMA this time? Mayweather has a bit of pro wrestling experience, and McGregor has at least the microphone chops to hang with the best in the squared circle. Oh, all right, we'll stick to the two fighters' chosen sports and sort this out logically.
One man is a boxer and the other a mixed martial artist, and their first meeting took place in a boxing ring. During the hype tour leading up to that fight, Mayweather boasted to McGregor, "I'll whoop your ass in the Octagon.
A post shared by Conor McGregor Official thenotoriousmma on Aug 28, at pm PDT Therefore, if a rematch does come to fruition, it most definitely would take place in I mean, c'mon, Mayweather in an MMA cage?
If Floyd is itching to venture beyond his comfort zone, he might want to first consult with James Toney. When and where could this realistically come together? Mayweather fought the last 15 fights of his career in his adopted hometown of Vegas. He ain't going nowhere.
As for the when, Floyd has all the time in the world on his hands.
He'd just have to fit this side job into a retiree's schedule of sitting on a park bench feeding pigeons and playing keno at the corner store. McGregor, on the other hand, would have some decisions to make. Would he feel the urgency to strike while the iron is hot, rather than risk Mayweather later having second thoughts about a second return from retirement?
McGregor doesn't seem like the sit-and-wait type, so he's going to need a good reason to stick around in the Octagon.
A good green reason, that is. If he can get a succession of money fights in the cage, he might not keep chasing Mayweather.
But no MMA payday is going to come close to matching the take from that preposterous boxing rematch, so the decision comes down to whether legacy-building is important enough to him that he'd settle for a significantly smaller pile of green paper.
Why would Mayweather consider doing this again? Have you heard that Floyd has a nickname?
Why would McGregor consider doing this again? He loves money, too, but Conor is also driven by a self-belief that is unshakable.
He might have been the only person at T-Mobile Arena who truly believed he could defeat Mayweather in that first fight.
White said he believed, but that was promoter-speak from a guy who has been around boxing long enough to know better. McGregor, on the other hand, believed in himself with all his heart.
Despite all evidence to the contrary, McGregor has a deep-down conviction that he can outbox the best boxer of his generation. He'd love a second shot. What is there to gain for either sport? The pay-per-view reached 4. It was the second-biggest fight in combat sports history in terms of earnings and reach, behind only Mayweather vs.