With boxing star Floyd “Money” Mayweather Jr. filthy rich and no longer willing or interested in taking on the young lions in the sport, he’s turned his attention to fight UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor in a boxing match if he could get the Irish fighter and his employers at UFC to agree to the fight.
McGregor wants to obviously expand his fan base from the MMA fans to winning over the millions upon millions of boxing fans, and he’s found the perfect way to do that by name dropping Mayweather’s name frequently in the media. Whether McGregor is serious about actually fighting Mayweather is doubtful. But by calling him out as much as possible on a weekly basis, McGregor is gaining fans the easy way.
McGregor needs Mayweather to gain fans, and Mayweather needs McGregor to keep himself relevant, because he’s now retired and has no desire to take the fights that the fans want him to take against Gennady “GGG” Golovkin and Keith Thurman. Both would likely beat Mayweather and give him his first defeat of his career.
UFC president Dana White said this TMZ.com recently about what would happen to Mayweather if he mixed it up with McGregor:
“His [Mayweather] hands are like peanut brittle, he has to wrap them a million times so he doesn’t break his hands,” said White about Mayweather. “Floyd better hope he don’t run into Conor on the street. Let me tell you want, not only will Conor kick his [expletive], he’ll kick the [expletive] out of every one of his security guards too. 100 percent. I would love to be there when Floyd tries to slap Conor McGregor. I promise you, Floyd, you will never try to walk up and slap Conor McGregor and you know it too.”
White needs to expand his name dropping to other fighters in his UFC stable so that they can siphon boxing fans to start following his fighters in the UFC. For many boxing fans, the MMA sport is boring to watch because the fighters unskilled at fighting standing up, and they fight like wrestlers with no real ability at throwing punches. Many of the fights turning into wrestling matches on the mat, and that’s pretty boring to watch. Few if any of the MMA stars last for any length of time. The sport isn’t conducive to building long stars, because the champions change so frequently.
“Conor McGregor can say anything he wants to but he has a boss and his name is Dana White,” said Mayweather Promotions CEO Leonard Ellerbe to ESPN.com.
Ellerbe is right about McGregor having a boss in Dana White. He’s not going to be able to fight Mayweather without White’s permission, and it doesn’t look like he’s ever going to get that permission. White seems to be fine with McGregor name dropping though, but it doesn’t look like he’s going to give him permission to take on Mayweather in a boxing match.
It’s too bad that Mayweather is resorting to wasting his time helping a fighter out who will never fight him in a boxing ring. Mayweather would be better off talking about wanting to fight boxers rather than UFC fighters that will never be able to fight him while they’re under contact with the UFC. Like I mentioned, Mayweather is getting something out of this back and forth game with McGregor. He’s staying relevant for the time being in sports. However, at some point the game will be ignored by the boxing and MMA fans. You can only talk so much before you’re ignored if you’re not going to back it up and make the fight happen. Neither of these guys seem interested in actually fighting each other.