We take a look at the plethora of reasons why this superfight will never happen, despite apparent interest from both parties.
With almost daily updates from Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor via social media, the potential fight has captured the sporting world’s interest.
The undefeated boxing superstar versus the all-out aggression of a UFC champion has a decent ring to it.
However, it’s time to bring everyone back down to earth.
Let’s start with the characters involved, as Mayweather and Mcgregor are cut from the same cloth. They are not afraid of talking smack or showing their money.
The duo also thrive on attention. Lets not forget that just last month, Mcgregor said he had retired. Social media circles went crazy, with his retirement tweet gaining the highest number of retweets of any athlete, ever. This record, for the likes of McGregor, must have been pure joy.
I have decided to retire young.
Thanks for the cheese.
Catch ya’s later.
— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) April 19, 2016
After he had sufficiently annoyed UFC boss Dana White, Mcgregor confirmed on Facebook that he had not retired.
With this in mind, why does the world fall at his feet when he suddenly posts a poorly photoshopped image of himself and Mayweather standing toe-to-toe?
Perhaps McGregor’s self-involvement can only be topped by Mayweather, who posts videos of himself counting money.
They say “Life Is What You Make It” and to that, I’ll agree wholeheartedly! As I sit here acknowledging how blessed I am to be retired a year shy of my 40th birthday, it’s nearly impossible to say that I am not living the “American Dream”. Without my usual six-pack or muscle tone in sight, I can sit back and get the last laugh, knowing that I put in the “Hard Work & Dedication” to be 49-0. I’m blessed to wake up every morning, certain that my bank accounts are growing. Making 7 figures monthly without moving a finger, just further proves that I’ve made brilliant investments and decisions that allow me to walk away from the ring, comfortably. I’m proud to be a King. Video credit: @greg_larosa_tmt www.themoneyteam.com
A video posted by Floyd Mayweather (@floydmayweather) on
But after all is said and done, you can’t blame them for being this way. Mayweather and McGregor are in the business of hype. In appearances that could last as little as 13 seconds, like McGregor’s Jose Aldo knockout, it has to be about the hype.
With their current back and forth about the potential superfight, they are certainly creating much of it, which is good for their personal stocks, whether the fight materialises or not.
Mayweather, unsurprisingly, has stipulated it would have to be a boxing match. For all his brashness, Mayweather knows he could not risk his face in the octagon with a UFC champion…it would be brutal.
So let’s assume a boxing match is agreed on. Well, unfortunately for McGregor, almost no amount of preparation will be enough to face the indomitable Mayweather in the ring. Despite the age advantage in the Irishman’s favour, Mayweather has all the boxing smarts.
At best for Mcgregor, Mayweather would dance around, landing the odd combination and pick up an easy and arguably far from entertaining points win. At worst, he goes for the kill and floors McGregor within two rounds, which would incidentally be his first knockout since 2011, another positive.
Then, there are the logistical issues. Obviously, Mayweather stands a lot to gain from the bout. He is demanding a $100m payout and he will likely win, seeing him edge Rocky Marciano’s record of 49-0 to 50 unbeaten fights…a magical number in a mind such as Floyd’s and worth the risk.
However, what does McGregor have to gain? An initial big payout followed by a tarnished image? Would would his future in UFC be? On the very slim chance that he wins, he would have just knocked out an old guy with a lucky punch.
I mean, you wouldn’t give a baseball player a cricket bat and expect him to excel against the world’s fastest bowler.
The parameters of the fight will also no doubt be an obstacle. It took nearly seven years for Mayweather to finally step in the ring with Manny Pacquiao, who is actually a boxer. What chance does McGregor have?
There is also the not-so-small matter of McGregor’s UFC contract. The 27-year-old remains under contract and would need permission from the UFC for the bout and White would surely ask for a share of the cash cow. This is where it will likely get complicated.
Interestingly, White and McGregor have the same issue. While a big short term cash injection is hard to pass up, if McGregor is embarrassed, it will have a negative effect in the long term on the sport, which is not good for either of them.
In the end, these are two athletes at the top of their game…their own games. Why on earth would they want to change that status quo?