Floyd Mayweather recently marked his 40th birthday by giving a surprisingly transparent interview concerning the heavily-speculated super fight between himself and Conor McGregor.
Floyd Mayweather is a fighter first and a businessman second. With that being said, however, he is probably just as good at selling a fight as he is at winning them and in recent times, he has found himself thrust back into the world he had supposedly retired from due to the presence of the man they call the Notorious One.
Conor McGregor has made his career on the back of his impressive skills as a martial artist, his ability to mentally devour his opponent before they even compete, but also his showmanship, which has seen him break countless UFC attendance and pay-per-view records over the years. His journey to the top of the game has been swift and destructive and like Floyd, he understands that no matter what people may think, money talks.
It goes without saying that Mayweather and McGregor are the two biggest draws in combat sports today, and now with the buzz surrounding their hypothetical boxing match constantly gathering momentum, Floyd took to Showtime Boxing (via Themaclife.com) to voice his wish that the fight does indeed go ahead.
“They keep throwing the Conor McGregor name out there. Conor McGregor, you know like I said before. I’m here, let’s make it happen.”
Though many have dismissed McGregor’s chances in what would be his pro-boxing debut, Floyd, being the salesman that he is, did not attempt to discredit the skills the Irishman would bring to the ring.
McGregor’s left hand – within the world of MMA – has become widely accepted as one of the sport’s most lethal weapons. With it, the Dubliner has dispatched the likes of José Aldo, Eddie Alvarez, Chad Mendes and Dustin Poirier, and with each passing bout, his skill in landing it has only seemed to grow.
Mayweather continued on to admit that the power of McGregor would be no different with the larger gloves worn in the boxing ring and made an interesting remark to those who think that this fight would not be competitive.
“Every time Conor McGregor goes out there and compete and win, he does it standing up. When Conor McGregor did lose, he lost on the ground, he didn’t lose standing up. So he’s a hell of a fighter and he’s a very tough competitor, and he has the will to win.
“The UFC gloves are no different from boxing gloves, they’re just a little bit smaller, but if a guy got power, he got power and Conor McGregor got power.
“Let’s make the fight happen, let’s give the fans what they want to see. There’s only one fight out there that’s important. That’s Mayweather and Conor McGregor.”
Floyd “Money” Mayweather showing us once again why he’s the biggest draw in the history of boxing. Who knows exactly how seriously he is taking the problems McGregor could cause him on the night but regardless, he most certainly still knows how to sell a fight.
— SHOWTIME Boxing (@ShowtimeBoxing) February 25, 2017
Cillian Cunningham, Pundit Arena