After months of speculation, boxer Floyd Mayweather and mixed martial artist Conor McGregor have agreed to a boxing match, which will be held on Aug. 26.
— UFC (@ufc) June 14, 2017
For Mayweather, 40, this ends his two year retirement while McGregor has taken time off of the octagon to spend more time with his newborn son. But make no mistake, this isn’t going to be a boxing match as much as it is a painfully obvious attempt by both camps to cash in on our desire to see two notorious trash talkers go at it.
Mayweather received a $250 million payday for his last blockbuster fight, in 2015 against Manny Pacquiao, and this fight is projected to bring in another nine-figure cut for the undefeated boxer as he aims for his 50th win. He’s already a heavy favorite to win the fight, with Vegas Insider giving him a -900 line.
McGregor isn’t entirely green to the boxing world. He took up the sport when he was 12, and became an All-Ireland champion at the youth level, but started focusing on other forms of martial arts at age 16.
But being a skilled pugilist as a teenager and taking on one of the best defensive boxers in the history of the sports are two completely different monsters. This would be like me thinking I could beat Kyle Snyder in a wrestling match because I wrestled in high school.
And in the same way that McGregor doesn’t stand much of a chance in the ring, Mayweather wouldn’t fare much better inside the octagon, where opponents can do things you can’t do in boxing, like kick, shoot a double-leg takedown, attack you while you’re on the mat or put you in a chokehold. The two compete in two sports whose similarities start and end with the fact that there are two combatants who can hit each other.
This fight is nothing more than a farce, and both Mayweather’s camp and UFC are aware of this. But in the end, it doesn’t matter because of the overwhelming amount of intrigue by both boxing and mixed martial fans alike who will shell out the money for the pay-per-view. Even UFC owner Dana White admitted this when he finally came around to the fight he was against happening, saying that there was too much money at stake not to make the the fight.