While co-host of The Fighter and the Kid Bryan Callen recommends that Conor McGregor not enter the world of boxing, former UFC fighter Brendan Schaub believes he should for 200 million reasons.
‘The Notorious’ UFC featherweight champion has always been a fan of numbers. With a reported payday in excess of $10m for his loss to Nate Diaz at UFC 196, why wouldn’t he be?
That being said, undefeated boxing great Floyd Mayweather Jr. often deals in nine figure revenues, as opposed to McGregor’s eight figure yield. If their rumoured crossover bout actually happens though, that could change according to Schaub.
With Floyd’s own father claiming that a Mac/May showdown would be even bigger than his son’s 4.6 million pay-per-view buys and $410 million revenue-generating clash with Manny Pacquiao last year, McGregor has been advised to take the risk of a ‘humiliating’ loss.
“I made fun of it when it came out, but guess what? It’s not a rumour!”, Schaub exclaimed.
“Floyd’s the guy who started the ‘rumours’. Conor didn’t ask for it, Floyd called him out – that’s how big of a star he is! There’s a lot of upside to it for Conor if it happens.”
Enough money to buy an island awaits the Irishman if he laces up the 8oz. gloves. Not only that, the lucrative avenue of UFC stardom won’t close if he lost, and crucially, Schaub believes that UFC president Dana White may actually allow the bout to happen.
“You’re talking about at least a $200m payday. You’re also fighting someone who weighs 147 pounds. What’s the worst that could happen? Name me anyone you want, and I’ll fight ten of them for $200m!”
“He could go back to MMA and dominate. He’d be an even bigger star. The reason this is getting some hype is because I’d guarantee you Dana White would sign off on it and let Conor do it because it would bring so many eyeballs to the UFC.”
The discussion takes place from the 30 minute mark below via UFC ON FOX.