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It is no secret that Conor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather are fighting primarily because of the money they will make. For McGregor, it is also an opportunity to become a crossover star; if, in all possible realities, we enter the one in which McGregor somehow bests Floyd Mayweather, he stands to become the most famous combat sports athlete of our time. For Mayweather, this fight is simply the least risk for the most monetary reward. It is solely about the dollars for “Money” Mayweather.
And dollars he will be making. MMAFighting.com revealed the purse sizes for this colossal fight. McGregor will be officially making ten times his previous, UFC-record fight purse, a whopping 30 million dollars. Mayweather receives over three times that amount, his minimum payout equaling 100 million dollars. Of course, both fighters will make much more than this, once ticket sales, Pay-Per-View buys, concessions, sponsorship money and merchandise is factored in. McGregor estimated his earnings to be in the hundred million dollar range; Mayweather will make close to 350 million.
It highlights what an exploitative cut the UFC takes from its fighters, even superstars like Conor McGregor; estimates of fighters’ share of income range between 12 and 20 percent. Other major sports, such as football, hockey, and basketball, see their athletes take home around 50% of the gross income due to collective bargaining agreements. Where McGregor goes from here will be interesting; it is hard to picture him going back to making three million dollars per fight after this spectacle.
Of course, no one else on the card is making anything close to that kind of money.
For much more on “Mayweather vs. McGregor” be sure to hit up our comprehensive (and impressive) collection of event-related stories right here.
Dana White goes off on another promoter, who went off on McGregor-Mayweather? What else is new?
Make sure you get the good stuff
Nick Diaz has a point
I see no reason to face off in your drawers Especially when you're opponent had time to get dressed after he was the second one out— nick diaz (@nickdiaz209) August 26, 2017
McGregor with some high-tech training that probably won’t matter much tomorrow night
McGregor already beat the Mountain so I’m sure the Hound can
How to fight the Mountain
Igor Vovchanchin fought Paul "The Polar Bear" Varelans, giving away 130lbs in weight. It was only gonna end one way... Right? pic.twitter.com/RdJeEsrVwZ— KO KINGS (@KOKINGS4) August 25, 2017
How to spar the (actual) Mountain
How to armwrestle the Mountain
Crazy Conor McGregor and an accurate summation of what will happen tomorrow
Betting sites are really, really, REALLY hoping Mayweather wins as expected
If #McGregor wins, it will be our biggest loss on a fight (boxing/mma) in history of company. What fight is currently our biggest loss?— Dave Mason (@DaveMasonBOL) August 25, 2017
The state of discussion surrounding this fight:
All of Ireland descended on Vegas for their hero.
Amir Khan thinks McGregor is stopped in eight rounds
There are a couple good columns on McGregor-Mayweather to read before it is upon us.
- Jeremy Botter takes a look at the history behind the philosophy behind the Secret, the success-win philosophy behind McGregor’s mindset that lays behind his rise. In other words, some deep digging here- but a good read.
- Patrick Wyman discusses how this fight might actually play out, and the death of expertise. You know what the Dunning-Kruger effect is? If not, read this.
Slips, Rips, and Knockout Clips
Koreshkov crushed Lima tonight at Bellator 182
Fernando Gonzales choked out Brennan Ward tonight, also at Bellator 182
This is why MMA is so awesome
Travis Perzynski T/KOs and submits Carl Wittstock (LFA) pic.twitter.com/oioBxkOlSF— Jolassanda (@Jolassanda) August 26, 2017
Rare baseball bat choke
Kickboxing is fun, too.
nasty KO— Jolassanda (@Jolassanda) August 25, 2017
Gokhan Boran KOs Saifah Poptheeratham (MX) pic.twitter.com/cEyHZroPaM
Good morning— Jolassanda (@Jolassanda) August 25, 2017
Yokpetch Aor.Sanitpan KOs Montian Sitmonchai (The Battle MT) pic.twitter.com/fdcrXHIEjT
And finally, whet your boxing appetite for tomorrow night
He moved right into the right hand... I mean... he moved straight into the right straight.
An important component of dramatic tragedy is a brutal plot twist pic.twitter.com/iU5rw5fZHE— Alan White (@aljwhite) August 25, 2017
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