Conor McGregor will reportedly bet €1million on himself at one offshore sportsbook to defeat Floyd Mayweather on August 26, 2017 at the T-Mobile Arena in Paradise, Nevada. According to the Irish Sun, the current UFC Lightweight Champion is advising friends and relatives to back him up and make some “easy money.” No word on whether on he will give Mini-McGregor the same vote of confidence when he goes up against Mini-Mayweather on August 26 at Larry Flynt’s Hustler Club in Las Vegas, Nevada. On second thought, that’s probably a tall order. Meanwhile, Mayweather said in a clip of Showtime’s All-Access that he will make “$300 in 36 minutes.
“We not talking about no contract for no four years or no contract for no five years. I can do it in 36 minutes. $300 (million) or better,” the undefeated eleven-time five-division professional boxing world champion said. So. Many. Double. Negatives. All things considered, everybody seems to be getting a piece of the pie. Everybody except Paulie Malignaggi, who is getting set up. “I didn’t like the fact I had to fly across the country on Monday, and they have me scheduled for 12 [rounds] on Tuesday,” the two-weight world champion said. “I’m thinking these guys are thinking they’ll catch me right off the flight, set me up for him to look good.”
According to Malignaggi there was quite a bit of the old ultra-violence in their latest sparring but he’s not the only one getting the shaft. Fans of both UFC and boxing are being asked to part with $99.95 to watch this fight, compared to the standard for major boxing or UFC cards, or even the £19.95 (approximately $26) for Anthony Joshua vs. Wladimir Klitschko back in April – a contest that had all the credibility that Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs. Conor McGregor lacks. Which is why The Express Tribune is calling for fans to boycott the event (though not actually going so far as to use the ‘B’ word), also citing as a reason the possibility that the MMA world might lose McGregor.
Malignaggi is of that opinion. “He’ll probably box again,” the Bensonhoist boxer said on the Jim Rome show. “Realizing he can make more money this way, and realizing he can keep a bigger chunk of the percentage of the money that he brings in as opposed to having to share most of it with everybody else.” Come to think of it, Mac could certainly enjoy as long and thriving a career in boxing as CM Punk in mixed martial arts. Oh, wait. Zohaib Ahmed of the Express Tribune is probably closer to hitting the nail on the head when he (she?) writes that win, lose, or draw, McGregor will leave this fight richer than most small countries, so he just might consider retiring from combat sports altogether. Then again, retirements in sports seldom last too long, as exemplified by Mayweather himself, who “retired” in 2015. Money is way richer than Mac, but he would trade it all for a little more.