With August 26 growing ever closer and with the pandemonium of the promotional world press tour now behind us, both Conor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather will now have their focus solely on preparing themselves for fight night.
We are just less than six weeks away from what can only be described as a mega fight.
Last week’s press tour which took in the cities of Los Angeles, Toronto, Brooklyn and London across the space of four days was an unprecedented spectacle. Both fighters traded jibes and insults and really turned up the heat in their rivalry across the four days. It all made for extremely entertaining viewing and no doubt increased the PPV buy rate, enticing any fan who was sceptical about the bout to put their money down to see these two men throw down in the T-Mobile Arena come late August.
The pair have insisted that the fight will not go the scheduled distance of twelve rounds.
Whatever the result of the boxing match, one certain outcome is both competitors becoming a whole lot richer. The fight is touted to break the 4.6 million pay-per-view buys that Mayweather-Pacquiao did in May 2015 and has been labelled ‘The Billion Dollar Fight.”
It has been widely speculated that McGregor is expected to make in and around the $100 million region for this fight, incomparably much more money than he could ever expect to make in one UFC bout. This leaves us with the question, why would he return to ther UFC? He will have made his fortune, why not sail off in to the sunset? What fight fans really want to know is, after taking on boxing’s pound for pound king, is retirement from fighting for the Dublin native imminent?
Although a potential throw down with the UFC lightweight division’s number one contender Khabib Nurmagomedov in his home country of Russia before the year is out has been rumoured to be in the works, McGregor’s return to MMA is far from set in stone.
Dana White has chipped in with his thoughts on the prospect of his promotion’s biggest draw riding off into the retired life content with his lot after facing Mayweather, in the clip below, where he refused to rule that out as a possibility.
One aspect of the promotional tour which also came as a surprise to on-lookers would have been Floyd’s choice to bring up how he would fare out against the UFC champion in an octagon. In London, ‘Money’ claimed that he would overcome the Irishman in a ring or an octagon, to which ‘The Notorious’ responded:
“When I spark you August 26th, I’m gonna make you face me in the rematch – in the octagon!
“And then we’ll see if you’re all talk, or not.”
Dana has spoken on the prospect of a rematch and revealed that there is no clause in the contract for a rematch to take place. Even if the initial bout proves to take on a mesmerising course and be a brawl for the ages (highly unlikely) and a rematch is in high demand, the UFC President, who was influential in seeing this fight take place, does not see these two doing battle again, be that in the ring or the octagon.
White is an MMA promoter first and foremost and on the matter of doing more business in boxing or even more cross-over fights between the two sports, he says:
“I don’t want to do this every weekend.
“As awesome as this is, as great an event as this is, I’m a one-and-done with this one.”
Dana goes on to say we must wait to see how the fight plays out to even consider the idea of a rematch.
Check out his interview in the clip below: