After months and months of claiming that he is the biggest draw in the world of combat sports, Floyd Mayweather’s position as the ‘A-side’ to Conor McGregor’s ‘B-side’ might not hold up after one key stat emerged in the wake of the official fight announcement.
As I’m sure you all know, Floyd ‘Money’ Mayweather has officially come out retirement to face off against the MMA superstar Conor McGregor in a boxing match.
The news, which broke yesterday evening, instantly became one of the biggest sports stories of the year, perhaps even the decade and for Mayweather himself, it stands as the first time he will step back into the ring in almost two years.
His last fight, of course, was his 49th professional career win, a one-sided clinic against André Berto but despite being one short of that perfect even milestone of 50 fights, Mayweather stepped away from the game, content to retire after equaling the great Rocky Marciano’s record of 49-0.
Now, however, after what seemed like an eternity of buildup and often hollow speculation, we finally have confirmation that the fight is happening after both participants tweeted out the announcement yesterday evening.
THE FIGHT IS ON. pic.twitter.com/KhW0u3jRft
— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) June 14, 2017
— Floyd Mayweather (@FloydMayweather) June 14, 2017
On first glance, nothing would seem to be too strange about this pair of tweets but after months and months of hearing Floyd Mayweather maintain that he was the bigger draw of the two, it does seem a bit strange that McGregor’s announcement dwarfed Mayweather in terms of its reach.
In fact, it wasn’t even close.
At the time of writing, Floyd’s tweet stood at 80k retweets and 80k likes while Conor’s compiled a much greater number at 200k retweets and 320k likes… despite the fact that the boxer has roughly three million more followers than the SBG man.
Perhaps it’s not indicative of PPV buys and overall fame, yes, but still, it’s an interesting insight into the rapid growth of the Irishman and where he stands in relation to the biggest draw in the history of combat sports.
Cillian Cunningham, Pundit Arena