BERGEN COUNTY, N.J.- Will Floyd Maywewather (boxer) and Conor McGregor (UFC fighter) ever get in a ring together? There has been a war of words being exchanged between the two champions for months. The newest flareup has some blogs and websites, including ESPN, already declaring that the fight will, in fact, take place.
Will there be a McGregor vs. Mayweather match? I posed the question in December 2016 to former World Boxing Association lightweight champion and International Boxing Hall of Fame inductee Ray “Boom Boom” Mancini. Animatedly, Mancini told me:
[McGregor] is out of his mind. If you want to make it a UFC fight, he’ll choke out Mayweather and that will be it. If it was just a pure boxing match, he’ll get whacked out by Mayweather. One round: it’s a done deal! It’s just stupid. [McGregor], as a champion, should understand and have the respect for other champions in their [respective] genre.
Adding: “He and Mayweather, they’re both crazy [and as] goofy as they come!”. They may be crazy, but, should this main event actually happen, it will generate more money than any other fight in history. Hopefully, it will be worth the wait.
There still are many details to iron out, including the biggest: Would this be a boxing match or a mixed martial arts fight? Luckily McGregor and Mayweather are of similar weight: 154 pounds and 151 pounds, respectively. However, there are problems with McGregor’s contract with the UFC. Records show that McGregor has applied for a boxing license in California, but not Nevada (yet). Could that have been the topic of his recent meeting there?
I am in Las Vegas. Floyd has retired on my arrival. pic.twitter.com/z9EcxBJaDr
— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) February 15, 2017
— Floyd Mayweather (@FloydMayweather) February 14, 2017
— Floyd Mayweather (@FloydMayweather) February 15, 2017
For now, keep the popcorn close, but your Twitter feed closer.
I discussed this topic, in-depth, on my sports radio show, 60 Minute Overtime, on Sunday February 20, 2017 (90.3FM-WRPR). Click below to listen. Tune in to my live video stream every Sunday at 11am on http://www.Facebook.com/CoachMcCartan.