Finally, the real truth about McGregor vs. Mayweather

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

On May 6, a report surfaced in Rupert Murdoch’s The Sun that UFC featherweight champion Conor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather Jr, the greatest boxer of his generation, were about to announce they’d be boxing in Vegas. The next day Mayweather Sr confirmed the pair would be fighting.

The hardcore fanbase was dubious in the extreme, but UFC color commentator Joe Rogan speculated about how and why the UFC could allow it to take place, which pushed it at least into possible. Then FOX Sports host Colin Cowherd said it was really happening, and gave the date – September 17. Mayweather said “absolutely” the fight was happening.

Then reality entered the discussion.

UFC president Dana White said he was open to discussion, but it began with elbows, kicks, AND punches. On April 1st, McGregor and Mayweather even fought in a bar.

The discussion died down until July, when McGregor’s team released footage of ‘Notorious’ boxing sparring with former world boxing champion Chris Van Heerden. However, over and again White noted that Floyd had never called him. As McGregor’s contract with the UFC forbids him from participating in other combat sports without permission, the fight had to go through White. White and Mayweather had been amiable acquaintances when White was getting started in combat sports management before he put together the plan to buy the UFC.

Eventually, Mayweather conceded that the fight wasn’t happening. All, bizarrely, without calling Dana White. In the end, he said “you live and you learn.”

Then In October McGregor took part in a LADbible-sponsored Facebook Live Q&A and was asked, “Will a fight between you and Floyd Mayweather ever happen?”

McGregor got the discussion rolling again.

 

“Where’s my money?” asked Notorious. “Because if you keep dropping my name and you haven’t got my money, then I’m going to show up at your front door.”

Then McGregor won the UFC lightweight championship at UFC 205 in November. The only bout he as discussed since is a boxing match with Mayweather. In January the boxer conceded it was the only contest he was interested in.

Rocky Marciano retired with a record of 49-0. Floyd Mayweather is 49-0. Beating that Marciano record is a curse. Respectful of boxing’s traditions, Mayweather needs a fight to break the record that he knows he can win, even with a curse. That’s Conor McGregor. The huge money he’d back is nice too, but beating Rocky Marciano is priceless.

They two bickered over price, with an assist from UFC president Dana White. Recently the Irish Sun reported that the two had come to terms on the revenue split, but Mayweather and White said there was no deal.

Finally, in a vast, roiling sea of malarkey, FOX Sports Live spits truth, becoming the first media source to accurately report what’s going on.

Thank you FOX Sports Live. Now what is going on in the White House?