The history between “The Notorious” Conor McGregor and Floyd “Money” Mayweather has been all talk up until now. In January, a feud began between the pair when, in an interview with Fight Hype, Mayweather compared himself to McGregor, stating that, “They say he talks a lot of trash and people praise him for it, but when I did it, they say I’m cocky and arrogant.” Mayweather implied that this bias exists because of racism.
In response, McGregor took to social media, calling out Mayweather in a FaceBook post: “Don’t ever bring race into my success again.” After explaining the oppression and prejudices that his own people have faced throughout history, the Dublin-born McGregor, for the first time, addressed the possibility of a match being organized between these two great trash-talkers to settle the feud.
Since then, the 39-year-old Mayweather has remained retired and stands firm on that fact. McGregor, on the other hand, is coming off his first loss since joining the UFC to Nate Diaz at UFC 196 — a fight which he was rushed into after his original opponent, Rafael Dos Anjos, dropped out due to injury.
McGregor was also shrouded in controversy recently when his rematch with Diaz was taken off the UFC 200 fight card because he refused to promote the event. McGregor attributed his actions to the precious time that promoting takes away from training, even going so far as to pin some of the blame for his loss in the first fight on the promotion that was required of him. As of now, neither fighter has a match lined up in the future.
McGregor, however, just released a photo of himself (below) post-training on his Instagram account, seemingly still in fighting shape. He also posted the fake Mayweather/McGregor poster (at the top of the page) on all of his social media accounts, leaving fight fans drooling over the possibilities.
Floyd Mayweather’s Instagram account, on the other hand, is full of photos and videos of himself enjoying his retirement in various locations throughout the world, whether that be the Pyramids in Cairo, the Louvre in Paris, or various tropical resorts. The world champion boxer does not appear to have any interest in getting back in the ring ever, let alone to face a non-boxer, 12 years younger than him, in the prime of his UFC career. Despite this, Mayweather has been his usual self concerning the possible bout, telling Fight Hype that “it’s possible” so fans should keep our fingers crossed.
On top of Mayweather’s lack of interest, Dana White (UFC President) shot down the rumors about the fight, making it unlikely that this will be organized anytime soon. In the meantime, it’s worth speculating how a fight like this would turn out.
First things first, we can assume Mayweather and McGregor will face off in a boxing match, and not in the Octagon, being that Floyd Mayweather would just never agree to come out of retirement for anything but boxing. Mayweather has also previously stated that he will only come out of retirement for a fight that will earn him upwards of $100 million, which will also be a big question logistically.
Conor McGregor is coming off a loss to welterweight fighter Nate Diaz, who he seemingly couldn’t hurt even after landing some of his biggest power punches. Floyd Mayweather is widely considered the best welterweight boxer of all time. It’s hard to imagine McGregor will be able to hurt Mayweather assuming he can even land a punch on the champ.
I was a supporter of Mayweather throughout his career, and I’ve witnessed fighter after fighter fall to his speed and defensive ability. The man retired undefeated for a reason; he backs up his talk in the ring. Mayweather will, like every other fighter he’s beaten, methodically work McGregor round after round until he frustrates the Irishman into taking a risk. Then, Mayweather will either knock him out or simply win by decision, as he did in most fights toward the end of his career. McGregor’s only chance would be to accomplish something no other fighter has ever been able to do against Mayweather: knock him out.
The true possibility of this event taking place will likely become clearer in the coming months. Until then, we’ll just have to fantasize about it.
Article Written by: Dylan King
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