Will Sportsbooks Catch the Fight of the Century?
Posted by: Charlie Smith
Very few times are the online UFC betting blogs not buzzing with the latest news. Whether it be potential fight rumors, or one fighter calling out another, there is always something for sportsbook fans to talk about regarding a potential bet on MMA. Recently, all MMA websites can talk about is the potential boxing match between Conor ‘Notorious’ McGregor, the UFC’s biggest star, and Floyd ‘Money’ Mayweather, one of the highest paid boxers of all time.
For several months now, rumors about a potential bout between both boxing and MMA’s most successful stars have been solidifying into something that could legitimately happen. Of course, for the longest time people said that Mayweather would have no interest facing a fighter who’s been a guarantee on sportsbook lines because there would be no reason for Mayweather to risk losing his perfect record. However, ‘Money’ isn’t called ‘Money’ for no reason, and very recently Mayweather went on ESPN First Take; a sports talk show featuring Stephen A. Smith and Max Kellerman, to elaborate on his current thoughts regarding a potential boxing match with McGregor.
“You guys keep hearing all these different rumors about different fighters want [sic] to face Floyd Mayweather,” Floyd stated during the show. “Everybody keeps talking about Conor McGregor. He’s blowing smoke up everybody’s a–… Dana White, the UFC – let’s make it happen. Bring him over to the boxing world, and I’ll show him what it’s like.”
Mayweather’s comments reveal to online UFC betting fans that the retired boxer has no reservations about stepping inside the ring with the Irishman. However, since McGregor recently got his boxing license, and has had no qualms about alluding to a bout with Mayweather, it sounds like neither side would have an issue about this heavily anticipated match. Unfortunately, it sounds like both sides are choosing to use the media as an intermediary instead of choosing to deal directly with one another.
No doubt this is to build hype around the potential fight and to help give it free publicity, but the downside is that this could never materialize. Of course, knowing the extravagant lifestyle both parties enjoy, it seems that their greed will unfailingly propel both fighters to make it happen. But that same greed may prove to be a hindrance in organizing such a lucrative event, because as sportsbook fans can imagine, both fighters will be looking to get their fair share.
“We tried to make the Conor McGregor fight,” Mayweather stated. “They know what my number is. My number is a guaranteed $100 million… 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.” Mayweather’s comments are far from an exaggeration. Whether or not he contacted the online UFC betting champ can be debated, but his statements regarding the purse of the bout are accurate in every definition of the word. McGregor may hold the UFC record for highest disclosed purse, but that record is a mere $3 million. Mayweather on the other hand, made over 10 times that in his fight with Pacquiao.
The question now is whether or not McGregor will be willing to step into the ring with Mayweather for $15 million. With the year the Irishman just turned over in 2016, it’s hard to imagine him settling for that amount. It’s not that $15 million is an insignificant amount of money, but McGregor knows that he is the hottest star in the world of fighting, one who will knows all too well how to sell fights. There’s no doubt that this will be the biggest fight of the century, one we’re all dying to see, but unless McGregor decides to settle or TMT decides to fork over a larger purse, this fight might take too long to ever actually come around.