UFC star Connor McGregor and undisputed boxing champ Floyd Mayweather Jr. are reportedly getting ready to announce some big news.
According to James Beal and Matt Heath-Smith of The Sun, McGregor and Mayweather have been in negotiations for a billion dollar superfight set to take place in Las Vegas, Nevada.
The report states that Mayweather would earn nearly $145 million for the fight, while McGregor would make roughly $10 million. Although the disparity there seems ludicrous to the casual observer, it makes sense when you take into account that Mayweather has made more than $100 million for each of his last few fights, whereas the UFC rarely pays its stars more than $1 million.
The Sun reports that McGregor will need to lose roughly 25 pounds for this bout, which was apparently agreed to in secret on May 2.
Mayweather retired from boxing after a fight with Andre Berto last year. However, this month, he came out and filed trademarks for “TMT 50” and “TBE 50.” His current record is 49-0, and the natural assumption, given the trademarks, is that he’s preparing for one more match.
What makes this purported match-up between McGregor and Mayweather odd is that the former seemingly has an ironclad contract with the UFC that should prevent him from competing in any other form of combat – boxing or otherwise. That said, seeing as the UFC never actually reveals its fighters’ contract terms, it is possible that there is some sort of clause in McGregor’s deal that would allow this.
McGregor and the UFC had a falling out earlier this month when he refused to do promotion for a scheduled bout against Nate Diaz. He was ultimately pulled from the UFC 200 card he was set to headline and has remained relatively quiet since then.
Pulling McGregor, their biggest star, off UFC 200 was seen as a major power play by UFC brass. It was a move meant to show everyone who was boss. If McGregor somehow uses that as an opportunity to set up a fight with Mayweather, in what will inarguably be the biggest superfight of this decade, it would be a major embarrassment for UFC.
We will continue to update this story as more information comes in.