Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) lightweight titleholder Conor McGregor probably woke up after his long afternoon nap and read my report on MMAmania.com. Specifically, the one about his profit margin being in the neighborhood of eight percent when most other major sports hover around 50 percent.
Suddenly, pocketing $3 million per fight doesn’t sound as lucrative as it once did.
But one contest that is likely to break the bank is a boxing “super fight” against retired pugilist Floyd Mayweather Jr., who was “Notorious” for making $300 million for his pay-per-view (PPV) bouts.
Even the stinky ones.
That’s probably why McGregor got one step closer to the “sweet science” after months of back-and-forth banter with “Money.” And since there’s no chance we’ll get Mayweather into the cage, the Irish power puncher will have to go to him.
Confirmed with California State Athletic Commission that Conor McGregor has been issued a boxing license as of today.— Brett Okamoto (@bokamotoESPN) December 1, 2016
Any fight with Mayweather is almost guaranteed to happen in Las Vegas; but hey, baby steps!
UFC President Dana White is no stranger to cutting deals with boxers and sounds open to having Mayweather fight under the UFC banner. Naturally, some of McGregor’s rivals are convinced this is nothing but a long con or protracted publicity stunt.
Either way, the reigning lightweight champion is still the one calling the shots.
Even when he’s not fighting.