Floyd Mayweather has offered Conor McGregor $15 million to step into the ring.
Rumors about the potential bout started to emerge last year, with fuel added to the fire when McGregor obtained a boxing license in December. Now, it appears the undefeated, five-division world champion Mayweather is keen to expedite the process, by not only offering the UFC’s main man an eye-watering lump sum, but also a slice of the PPV pie.
Mayweather, who retired unbeaten at 49-0 after his September 2015 win over Andre Berto, expressed his willingness for the fight in an interview with ESPN, telling the sports channel: “We are willing to give him $15 million and then we can talk about splitting the percentage — the back end — on the pay-per-view. But of course, we’re the ‘A side.’ How can a guy talk about making 20 or 30 million if he has never made 8 or 9 million in a fight.”
“Only thing I’m probably interested in is the Conor McGregor fight,” Mayweather continued. “I’m a businessman, and it makes business sense. I believe in what me and [advisor] Al Haymon talk about every day — I believe in working smarter, not harder.”
Having finished his career with a preposterous $700 million in earnings, Mayweather is no stranger to the lucrative PPV stage, most notably taking on eight-division world champion Manny Pacquiao in a $400 million grossing match billed as “The Fight of the Century” back in 2015. And while the Champ would go into any match up with McGregor as the favorite, it’s clear that such an event would garner a similar amount of interest, if not intrigue.
Never short of a quote or two himself, we await to see how McGregor responds to the offer. In the meantime, take a look back at the biggest sporting moments of 2016.
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