Over the weekend, Floyd Mayweather made headlines by announcing that he was officially out of retirement in order to pursue a boxing match with UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor. He even threw out June as a possible timeline for the bout. And now, with the superfight seemingly closer than ever before, MMA luminaries are ready to jump into how the fight might play out.
On the Fight Companion for the Joe Rogan Experience podcast for UFC Fight Night: Fortaleza, Joe Rogan discussed the potential boxing match and how big of an event it would be.
“It’s the biggest fight ever. Because it brings in two worlds. It brings in the UFC world and this one guy who’s unquestionably the biggest star in the UFC - unquestionably, by a long shot - and then you bring in a guy who has been one of the biggest money makers in the history of boxing, the only guy to go 49-0 other than Rocky Marciano. He’s right there and he’d love to break Rocky Marciano’s record.”
Mayweather vs. McGregor would indeed bring the two biggest draws in the history of each’s respective combat sport together in an almost unprecedented event. The hype behind it is so large that it figures to be one of the biggest pay-per-view events of all time (should it come to fruition) despite the fact that most observers view it as a squash match for Mayweather. And while Rogan agrees with that assessment, he also says that McGregor winning isn’t impossible.
“When people want to do things like break someone’s record, and you want to do it so bad that you take on a guy that’s never had a boxing match before, and then that guy starches you [laughter]... I mean, it’s not likely, but if he did it...
“There’s something about [Conor McGregor]. I’m telling you, there’s something about that dude. He’s got something going on. He’s got a little something extra special but he would need everything to line up.
“Mayweather would have to dismiss him as a threat. He’d have to not train hard enough, he’d have to not seriously consider the possibility that Conor connects on him and knocks him out. And then Conor would have to do some roughhousing. He’d have to hold him in the clinch. He’d have to hold him and hit him. He’d have to try and get off as many shots and bully him around and wear him out. It’s a possibility. He’s a much bigger man. He’s a much bigger man. If you compare the two of them frame-wise, if they ever do do it, and they’re standing right at each other, looking down at each other doing eye-to-eye, you’re gonna go ‘oh, s**t.’ [Conor]’s a big f**k. He can make that 145-pound cut when he’s on death’s door, but Mayweather makes it easy.”
Mayweather stands 5-foot-8 tall and has competed as low as 130 pounds and as high as 154 pounds. His last bout was at 147 pounds. McGregor is 5-foot-9 and has won UFC titles at both 145 pounds and 155 pounds. There has been no discussion about what weight the potential bout would be contested at.
Results. UFC Fight Night: Fortaleza happened and here are the results.
Empty. Floyd Mayweather says he’s officially unretired for a fight with Conor McGregor.
Shock. Johny Hendricks is surprised by Georges St-Pierre’s return, wishes he would have stayed retired.
Goldfish. Tyron Woodley says people who call him boring “don’t have long-term memory.”
Retirement. Vitor Belfort confirms his next fight will be his final one.
Some more MayGregor stuff.
Highlights from LFA 6, including Mackenzie Dern’s uninspiring win.
The extremely rare, double KO.
Lombard got into a car crash.
Good place to take it easy.
Time to relax! God is good! #RiodeJaneiro pic.twitter.com/HeiqOfQ0h4— #OnAmission4Gold (@KelvinGastelum) March 13, 2017
Also heard the UFC is just the second event in this OTC venue since the Olympic Games. Plumbing and A/C had to be re-done. We ready.— Jon Anik (@Jon_Anik) March 11, 2017
I really like watching fights from Brazil. Brings back great memories. #UFCFightNight106 #AndStill pic.twitter.com/04CVxzFlCQ— Stipe Miocic (@stipemiocicufc) March 12, 2017
@MoTownPhenom not impressed at all. Your wrestling sucks #UFCFortaleza— Rustam Khabilov (@RustamTheTiger) March 12, 2017
When Shogun wants the mic one more time…..he gets it lol— Brian Stann (@BrianStann) March 12, 2017
Just ran into @GamebredFighter. He said "Oh whats up man didn't recognize you with the hat on" How man one handed dudes you run into bruh— Nick Newell (@NotoriousNewell) March 12, 2017
Cage me inside how bow dah @EllenbergerMMA— Platinum Mike Perry (@PlatinumPerry) March 12, 2017
Sityodtong and Gonzalez #ONEFightNight pic.twitter.com/JT27tzlj2q— caposa (@Grabaka_Hitman) March 11, 2017
MMA striking continues to advance #LFA6 pic.twitter.com/6G0HRn9FKO— caposa (@Grabaka_Hitman) March 11, 2017
Stream will be delayed tonight @usantidoping at the crib having sangria with us!! See you tonight pic.twitter.com/vCrKl96sUr— Demetrious Johnson (@MightyMouseUFC) March 13, 2017
James Vick (10-1) vs. Marco Polo Reyes (7-3); UFC 211, May 13.
Chas Skelly (17-2) vs. Jason Knight (16-2); UFC 211, May 13.
TODAY IN MMA HISTORY
1998: Frank Shamrock knocked out Igor Zinoviev with a slam to retain the UFC light heavyweight championship at UFC 16. This was also the UFC debut of Pat Miletich who won the lightweight tournament that evening.
Edson Barboza is a bad, bad dude.
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