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Conor McGregor Vs Floyd Mayweather Jr: A Bridge Too Far?

NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 16: President of Mayweather Promotions Floyd Mayweather looks on during the press conference announcing the Badou Jack v James DeGale Super Middleweight World Title Unification Bout at Barclays Center on November 16, 2016 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)

Conor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather Jr will not be squaring off anytime soon.

The two most recognised names in combat sports, the two highest earners and biggest personalities in their respective crafts. ‘The Notorious’ vs ‘Money’ under the ‘Queensberry Rules’ would without a doubt break all pay-per-view records and become the highest grossing fight in history.

A chance for Mayweather to reach the illustrious 50-0. The opportunity of a lifetime for McGregor to beat a living legend in his own discipline. Sounds perfect, right? Well… no, it does not.

For one, the Dubliner lacks the rudimentary skills required to be effective in the ring – he is simply not a boxer. His striking ability in MMA is superb, but this is nowhere near the skill set required for boxing. To attempt to challenge arguably one of the greatest fighters of all time would be foolish at best, and McGregor is no fool.

NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 12: Conor McGregor of Ireland celebrates his KO victory over Eddie Alvarez of the United States in their lightweight championship bout during the UFC 205 event at Madison Square Garden on November 12, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images )

Furthermore, any governing body would be highly unlikely to sanction a bout which would effectively be a gross mismatch. As for Mayweather stepping into the octagon to challenge McGregor? Not a snowball’s chance in hell.

The UFC’s former two-weight world champion’s reign over the featherweight division is over, following the decision to remove him from the top of the 145-pound chain. It is no secret that the MMA giant’s jewel in the crown wants a stake in the company, and as such it appears that this may be a way of reminding the new owners of his alternative options.

However, it is the top brass at UFC which would certainly prevent the Irishman from any fantasy match-up. For Mayweather, he is currently ‘retired’ and has yet to fight since 2015’s victory over Andre Berto. The former pound-for-pound number 1 and exquisite self-promoter continues to flirt with a return to the ring, and this news serves to keep his name relative in a period of inactivity inside the ropes.

WASHINGTON, DC - FEBRUARY 28: Floyd Mayweather Jr. attends a basketball game between the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Washington Wizards at Verizon Center on February 28, 2016 in Washington, DC. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

Leonard Ellerbe (Mayweather Promotions CEO) recently told ESPN that McGregor’s successful application for a boxing license is nothing more than “a calculated effort to gain more fans.”

“What McGregor is attempting to do is take a page out of Floyd’s book from the marketing and promotional side by using his name.

“The quickest way to become famous is to align yourself with another famous person, and he’s done a good job of that.”

Ellerbe did not mince his words when asked about McGregor’s challenge to “TBE”:

“He has a good little hand game, a superior hand game compared to the UFC fighters he is competing with but fighting Floyd Mayweather is a whole other story,” Ellerbe said.

“That bulls**** you’re throwing over there in UFC would get you killed against Floyd.”

Floyd Mayweather is expected to return to the ring in 2017 to reach the milestone of 50-0, but it appears extremely unlikely that we will see him opposite McGregor.

For anyone with a spare $60 looking to replicate ‘The Notorious’ in applying for a licence to box in California, you can do so here

Adam Haynes, Pundit Arena

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