Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Conor McGregor are set to fight each other in a battle royale, which is likely to take place in June 2017 in the American city of Las Vegas. A lot of hype was being built around this duel and a lot of speculations surfaced with regards to the details of the contest – type of combat, location, prize money and date.
Now, it seems like all those queries have been put to bed by the American and Irishman, who will go head to head in the boxing ring in what could be one of the most watched sporting events in history, accoding to a report by DailyMail. Both of these fighters are larger than life characters and are extremely marketeable athletes as well, something that seems to be a big factor behind bringing this fight together.
What we saw on Tuesday was almost an exact replica of what took place on movie screens in 1996. “The Great White Hype” starred Samuel L. Jackson, Damon Wayans and Peter Berg, and was a sports comedy about the shadiness of what goes on behind boxing’s closed doors.
Wayans played the undefeated champ James “The Grim Reaper” Roper, who is in search of a big payday, after his last few fights haven’t done well on pay-per-view due to a lack of interest from the public. That’s when Samuel L. Jackson’s character, Rev. Fred Sultan, a promoter who is modeled after Don King, comes up with the idea of having his fighter get in the ring with a white boxer, to play on race relations.
After the pop star Aloe Blacc warmed up the crowd, the rivals each got turns behind the microphone. McGregor went into full-on insult mode, while Mayweather focused more on finances, befitting his nickname, Money.
The quips and jawing at the event followed the grand tradition of boxing promotions. They were also no surprise, as both men have a history of successfully hyping their fights. McGregor is one of the most quotable, and profane, athletes of his time. Mayweather has not shied away from belittling opponents.
MAYWEATHER-MCGREGOR McGregor predicted a quick victory: “I’m going to knock him out inside four rounds, mark my words. He’s fought people who have shied away from him.” Pointing out that the number of moves allowed in boxing is a fraction of the moves allowed in M.M.A., McGregor said: “The rules make this half a fight, a quarter of a fight. If this was a true fight, it wouldn’t even take one round.”
Mayweather scoffed, brandishing what he said was a $100 million check: “He looks good for a seven-figure fighter. He looks good for an eight-figure fighter. I’m a nine-figure fighter
The biggest factor that makes this contest even tastier is the fact that Floyd Mayweather Jr. is going to come out of retirement to combat the Irish maverick. It was also a matter of concern in terms of the type of duel for these two to come together, given the fact that Mayweather Jr. is a boxer and McGregor is an MMA athlete. Now that McGregor has decided to fight “The Money” in the boxing ring, we are set to witness a sparkling spectacle.
Who knows what will happen next month, but don’t be surprised if it’s over before it even starts, or if it doesn’t live up to the hype.
But that’s not the point, because on Tuesday, Mayweather and McGregor gave us a preview of the upcoming train wreck that we won’t be able to turn away from.
Financial repercussions of this fight are going to be huge and it is being said that both fighters are looking to pocket a humongous $100 million each. However, since McGregor has a standing contract with UFC, a part of his earnings are going to go there. A report by news.com.au suggests that Mayweather is going to fight with McGregor on the 10th of June in Las Vegas.