Neither has fought this year.
It’s taken a lot to get two of combat sports finest together in the same ring – and the moneymen are sure as hell not going to let Conor McGregor cut loose with his entire toolkit of fighting skills.
Leonard Ellerbe, chief executive of Mayweather Promotions, said the boxer’s team chose to end his 23-month retirement because the clamor for the 154-pound showdown had been impossible to ignore.
The sales pitch will be relatively simple – that this is a once in a lifetime chance to see the best in boxing take on the best in MMA.
The 40-year-old Mayweather will be aiming to reach the 50-0 milestone while McGregor is a heavy underdog in the 12-round boxing match. McGregor is being given a money line of +550 to win this contest.
The fans have faith in the MMA guy.
McGregor will be the overwhelming underdog, but win or lose the showdown is likely to propel him into the consciousness of many non-fight fans around the world.
McGregor, who has never boxed professionally, became the UFC’s first dual-division champion in November 2016 and has previously challenged Mayweather to a fight under mixed martial arts rules.
How do the Vegas odds-makers feel? “I think when you have the confidence and want to get into something, you have to talk your way to get into it”.
“People telling me Mayweather will have his hands full trying to land on McGregor – STOP IT!” he wrote. And so will your mother.
“[McGregor] doesn’t win in a boxing match”, former undisputed heavyweight champion Tyson told Sirius XM 93. That bout pulled in over $400 million, but Mayweather v McGregor is already estimated to eclipse that.
It’s being speculated that both men will be paid a staggering $100 million each for the fight to be aired on pay-per-view TV. How McGregor can possibly hope to be competitive is the biggest shadow looming over the bout and its ability to sell huge numbers on pay per view. “He’s (McGregor) a real-life Rocky“.
Neither specified the Las Vegas venue that will host the fight.