This is the most expensive once sided fight you’ll ever see.
Fantasy match-ups have been known to keep pubs afloat for years on end. The endless back-and-forth about Ali out-shimmying Tyson, Messi nutmegging Pele, Senna going neck and neck with Alonso, are exactly the sort of pressing world problems that men gladly burn brain cells over.
If you’re not a fight fan, understand that Conor McGregor is to MMA what Beckham, Jordan and Federer are for their respective realms. Not only is he a brilliant fighter but he’s an exceptional showman. With a curated swagger, he tells one half of the crowd to go fuck themselves, and to the other half he screams Irish Pride. Whether you want to see him put in his place or on a pedestal, you’ll be tuning in, because Conor has figured out that money from haters and supporters alike is just as good when ordering his next Rolls Royce.
But even as the highest earning cage fighter in history (Forbes ranks him behind Usain Bolt at USD34mil), his net worth looks paltry next to Floyd Mayweather’s 340 million valuation. Floyd’s the unbeaten boxer whose 49-0 record is on par with the supremacy of Schumacher at his prime and Nadal’s mastery of the clay courts. At 40 years of age, he’s still in the best shape possible, and runs a private fight club called the Doghouse, where young fighters go to make a name for themselves. The only rule is to box until your nervous system seizes up and your knees buckle.
So you can imagine the fanfare when Conor first started talking shit about being able to sleep the man that’s never lost a fight. Sports pundits waved it off as his usual grab for attention. Even pro-fighters said it wasn’t possible. And I believed them. Because an MMA guy boxing a boxer, is like having a hockey player tee off against a golfer, or a cricket team at the World Series. The stylistic difference is wildly different.
Both men have recently spent a four day world tour trying to out-peacock each other. Their fight is set for the 26th of August, Saturday. Floyd is expected to earn north of USD 100 million. Conor isn’t far behind at USD 75 million. This entire carnival should generate USD 500 million. That’s a lot of work for the genteel folks at Goodwood.