Now Floyd wants the Conor McGregor fight, he said in an interview on Showtime: “I’m here to say today, 2/24 on my birthday, they keep throwing the Conor McGregor name out there. Conor McGregor, like I said before, I’m here let’s make it happen. Let’s make this fight happen. Let’s give the fans what they want to see. There’s only one fight out there that’s important and that’s Mayweather and Conor McGregor.”
Easy to see why Floyd wants that fight. It would make him crazy dough and he’d be assuming almost no risk whatsoever. Floyd may not be what he used to be but he’s still undefeated and one of the best boxers ever.
Conor, while a great striker, has never boxer professionally; and you’re going to ask him to just get in the ring and beat one of the best boxers ever?!.
That’s about as absurd as thinking Floyd could beat Conor fighting MMA rules. But I could see why these two would want it: pretty easy money for Floyd.
And although this could go pretty badly for Conor, he could make so much more money for a fight with Floyd than he could fighting GSP, or Nate Diaz, or Jose Aldo or anyone else in the UFC.
Which is a big reason why I don’t think this will ever happen. He’s under contract to the UFC; why would Dana White want to risk having his biggest draw get embarrassed badly by a hall of fame boxer?? And why would Dana White want to risk Conor getting one huge payday and then possibly walking off, and then he loses one of his biggest assets. And finally, why would Dana White want to do a deal where he’d have to allow Floyd to make all the crazy, crazy money he’s sure to get?
What does the UFC get out of a deal like this with Floyd? Floyd laughed when Dana offered both fighters $25m each. In fact, given what Floyd would make, and all the risk involved for Conor and the UFC, what does Dana get out of it at all? It’s a spectacle, but it’s not a competitive matchup.
Odds makers have already made Mayweather 25-1 favorite. Of course. Conor has never boxed before. So while I’d watch it and even pay for it, I don’t see it ever happening. Because I really don’t think Dana will let it. Not as long as he has a signed contract for Conor’s services in his hand.