The hype over a rumoured Floyd Mayweather versus Conor McGregor boxing bout continues, thanks to comments made by the retired boxer.
Cash defined Mayweather’s career, whereas McGregor is locked in protracted negotiations with the UFC over increasing his relatively limited Mixed Martial Arts earnings.
A one-off boxing bout with ‘The Money’ would likely be one of the biggest fights events ever – in earning terms at least – and Mayweather has thrown a jab at the Irishman by saying he’ll offer him $15m… despite that only being a fraction of what any bout would pull in.
The comments were both a subtle dig and clever tactics for increasing the hype for a fight that will be so lucrative it will surely happen.
Yet McGregor, never one to keep quiet for long, responded in controversial fashion on Twitter:
The reference to former NBA player Watson was an allusion to a domestic abuse case involving Mayweather.
Any fight between the two would attract a massive audience… although whether a non-boxer like McGregor would be able to get close to a fighter with Mayweather’s movement is in doubt.
The likelihood of the possible bout being a toe-to-toe slug-fest is slim.
Chances are it will be more like Mayweather’s hugely profitable fight against Manny Pacquiao in 2015.