In a Q&A with LAD Bible last Friday, Conor McGregor mocked Floyd Mayweather for being “afraid” to fight him. The comments came after months of speculation about a potential faceoff between the two superstars.
McGregor, for his part, has been willing to fight regardless of whether it was a mixed martial arts (MMA) or boxing matchup. For the latter however, the UFC champion commented he’d only be interested if the payout was significant enough. FOX Sports reports that McGregor was looking for a payout of $100 million and was apparently unwilling to accept a deal that split revenue unfavorably.
Last month, Mayweather commented he was “moving on,” stating that after his best efforts to make the fight happen, it wouldn’t work out. It’s plausible that the disagreement between the two fighters was over the pay.
But that hasn’t stopped Conor McGregor from taunting the boxing legend. Answering a viewer’s question on Facebook Live, he indicated that the former boxer is afraid of fighting the UFC champ, saying that Floyd wants to box and not step into the octagon with him. However, McGregor indicated that he told Mayweather no problem, get his money, and then he will put on the gloves and fight the former champion under the boxing rules. Yet, no match has been made, and while Mayweather continues to drop McGregor’s name, the UFC fighter says he is afraid of him. McGregor stressed that it is not about the rules for him, he is ready to fight Mayweather anywhere and anytime. However, it all appears to be just talk right now.
The last time a boxing-MMA crossover took place, the former three-weight boxing champion James Toney entered the cage with former UFC heavyweight champion and Hall of Famer Randy Couture. Couture demolished Toney, landing a quick takedown within the first few seconds of the fight and proceeding to dominate from there. After 3 minutes in the first round, Couture locked in an arm-triangle submission, forcing Toney to tap out.
Though any fighter entering another competitor’s sport would be at a disadvantage, the Toney-Couture fight suggests it’d be harder for a boxer entering the cage than an MMA fighter entering the ring. After all, MMA fighters do train striking, while boxers generally have no training in wrestling, jiu-jitsu, or other striking disciplines. That’s one of the differences between the Toney-Couture matchup and the McGregor-Mayweather matchup that makes the latter even more interesting. Conor McGregor is also known for his striking ability in the octagon.
However, unlike the Toney fight, the dream matchup being talked about today seems unlikely to happen. As said earlier, Mayweather doesn’t see it occurring and has lost interest. In addition, UFC President Dana White never heard directly about the bout from Floyd, suggesting it never reached a serious stage.
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Commentary By Brett Chandrasekhar