It would be one of the more ludicrous events in combat sports history, but it may also be one of the most lucrative.
A Floyd Mayweather-Conor McGregor boxing match has been bandied about for a while now. It went from farcical to mildly possible Friday, even if the Mayweather camp is already bashing it.
UFC president Dana White went on Colin Cowherd’s radio show and made Mayweather an offer – $25 million each for Mayweather and McGregor, plus a split of the pay-per-view numbers “at a certain point.” No details were given on the PPV money, but White said he projects such a fight could garner between 2.3 and 2.5 million sales – huge numbers. That could mean $50-60 million for each guy, maybe more, maybe a lot more.
The whole thing is ridiculous because this would be a boxing match and Mayweather is a 49-0, nine-time world champion boxer who would enter the ring as a profound favorite. For two decades, the best boxers in the world have tried and failed to land much more than a random glove on Mayweather. He’s slipped them all. He’s one of the finest in the sport’s history.
McGregor is a big-punching mixed martial arts star but far from an elite boxer. If the script was flipped and this was a MMA contest, then McGregor would hold the overwhelming advantage.
In other words, this is easy money for Mayweather. Or at least it should be viewed that way. And yet, the fight still may not happen because the pay would be equal between the fighters, which runs counter to the culture of boxing where the bigger star gets the bigger cut.