Making cents, not much sense
Mayweather-McGregor bout shaping up as one of most-watched of all time
LAS VEGAS — Conor McGregor has been kept pretty much under wraps ever since his fight with Floyd Mayweather Jr. was announced, emerging occasionally to trash Mayweather only to disappear again behind the closed doors of the UFC training center.
It’s not by accident. The biggest selling point of the spectacle that is tonight’s 154-pound fight is the unknown.
Is McGregor good enough to land a big punch on Mayweather? Did he acquire enough boxing skills in just a few short months to make what should be a lopsided fight competitive?
Inquiring minds want to know, and there are enough of them to make this the most-watched fight in history. Some 50 million people in the U.S. alone are expected to gather with friends and family to see it all unfold.
“I will be the king of both sports,” McGregor crowed. “I’m already the king of fighting, I’ll soon be the king of boxing.”
Not so fast, said Mayweather, who comes from a boxing family and famously began throwing punches before he could walk.
“After 21 years I’ve been hit with everything and I’m still right here,” Mayweather said. “If you give it you must be able to take it.”
It’s a fight that really makes no sense other than millions of people want to watch it. But the economics of the fight
Champion boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr., left, is expected to make $200 million tonight when he squares off against MMA champion Conor McGregor, who is expected to make $100 million. The fight will be held at the MGM Grand Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas.