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McGregor can't cheat and take a DQ at MayGregor

If McGregor was losing, the line of reasoning goes, he could simply do virtually any mixed martial arts technique besides punching, and get disqualified.
Floyd Mayweather, Conor McGregor

Many members of the hardcore MMA fanbase chuckled at a potential outcome of the Conor McGregor vs. Floyd Mayweather boxing match. If McGregor was losing, the line of reasoning goes, he could simply do virtually any mixed martial arts technique besides punching, and get disqualified. McGregor would then shrug, cite his instincts taking over, and walk with the same show money he would make for losing a decision.

That won't happen.

A disqualification in boxing ordinarily results in loss of purse. While MMA follows a show-win model in terms of athlete compensation, most professional sports do not. In the NBA, NFL, MLB, NHL fighter salaries don't double based on a winning record. In boxers are often paid a fixed sum. If a fighter is losing, and is paid the same amount for winning and losing, there would be little incentive in a losing match to not head butt, take the DQ, and walk with the money. So there is no money ordinarily if a boxer is disqualified.

UFC president Dana White made it clear that there will be no shenanigans, no souplesse or double leg, no elbows or high kicks, no leg locks or chokes. And apparently, the hardcore MMA fanbase was not the only group that realized McGregor could do execute an MMA technique that would result in a win under his rules, and walk with a moral victory of sorts - Mayweather's team apparently put a DQ prohibition directly in the contract.

“There is no way that will happen," said White, as transcribed by Tim Burke for BE. "That is absolutely in the contract, number one.”

“Number two, this is a boxing match under the rules of the Nevada State Athletic Commission. When you talk about a guy like Floyd Mayweather, the lawsuit if that ever happened...”

“You all know how much Conor likes money. Conor would depart with a whole lot of money if that ever happened.”

So the boxing match it will be:
•12-round bout (that's 47 minutes from start to finish, far longer than MMA's championship 29 minutes);
•154 pounds (this is a concession to McGregor, who hold the UFC's 155 lb division; Mayweather weighed in at 146 for his last two fights);
•Contest will be fought with standard boxing 10 oz. gloves;
•Promoter will be Mayweather Promotions, and will air on Showtime pay-per-view.

McGregor will lose the contest, and it doesn't matter. Usain Bolt can outrun McGregor, Michael Phelps can outswim McGregor, Floyd Mayweather can outbox McGregor, and each of those events, if they were to happen, would only increase McGregor's brand. And for the final one, he will walk away with over 50 million dollars, which is the biggest win of his career.