At this point, the back and forth between Conor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather has been going on for so long that the excitement for the fight is dying off significantly (or so analytics tell me). Obviously, when the fight is officially made, which it looks like it will be, the buzz will be tremendous and the promotion will feature more bling than a ’90s rap video (rumor has it McGregor and Mayweather will hold press conferences on opposing gold-plated yachts).
The holdup is a matter of money. A lot of money. Both men want massive paydays, and the men behind the men (and the corporations behind those men) want a lot of money too. That’s why this insane, somewhat stupid fight is even getting made in the first place — one of the greatest boxers ever doesn’t take on an MMA champion who has yet to defend a belt he’s won with zero pro boxing experience unless a few hundred million bucks are on the line. The prizefighting rulebook states that clearly.
There’s a very real fight before the fight — the negotiations. Mayweather laughed when Dana White suggested his purse be $25 million and a PPV cut, and now White has confirmed that Conor McGregor will likely make around $75 million and Mayweather will get his $100 million purse he’s grown so accustomed to.
What this means, is that we the fans will be paying a lot of money for this PPV. If everyone’s going to get their cut — Mayweather, McGregor, the UFC, the PPV provider, Showtime (in conjunction with the UFC), then they’re going to charge way more than the normal UFC PPV cost of $60.
We need to start mentally preparing for a damn expensive Mayweather/McGregor card.