“Rules and Riches” sounds like one of those late 80s tag teams in the since-rebranded WWF but no, it’s actually the two biggest takeaways from the Conor McGregor vs. Floyd Mayweather boxing match, which reached its one-year anniversary on Sunday (Aug. 26).
Well, at least for “Notorious.”
“One year ago today I adhered to a load of rules, for a load of riches,” the part-time pugilist revealed on Instagram. “Not today though. Today was no rules. Just a fight. A Proper one. For nothing more than peace, and peace of mind.”
The caption was affixed to a photo of McGregor tooling one of his nondescript training partners.
The crossover fight, which made a boatload of money for all parties involved — and saved the fiscal year for UFC — was a beautiful disaster. While the hype surrounding the “Sin City” showdown was about as good as it gets, the payoff was not as fruitful as the payout.
McGregor was stopped in the tenth round after an brain-busting performance.
In the months that followed, more UFC fighters (like this guy) started asking for professional boxing fights and the promotion even created its own division to start cashing in on the “sweet science,” though we can forget about landing the big fish.
McGregor, meanwhile, will (finally) make his Octagon return against lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov at UFC 229 on Oct. 6 (more on that here). As for Mayweather, the “Money” man recently retired from combat sports.