Greenlighting McGregor vs Mayweather
There’s no doubt that a rumored boxing match between Conor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather Jr. would be a fascinating spectacle and a massive moneymaker for all concerned, but there are serious concerns about whether this is the best strategic long-term move for the UFC and the sport in general.
McGregor’s chances of beating one of boxing’s best-ever fighters at his own game are slim to none in the eyes of many experts, and if he is schooled in the ring, then not only would his reputation take a heavy hit, but the sport as a whole would inevitably come away with a black eye too, and with the whole world watching, that would leave a lasting impression.
Given that McGregor would reportedly be set to make in excess of $75 million for the fight, there’s also a legitimate concern that he may just take an extended hiatus, continue to pursue more boxing fights, or even hang up his gloves for good.
Even in the best case scenario, he’s still going to be out of the Octagon for at least a year, while the top end of the lightweight division has now been left in limbo without its champion, and other UFC stars now seem more interested in landing lucrative crossover fights in the boxing world rather than focusing on their MMA careers.
The big winner here would appear to be the sport of boxing, which has often played second fiddle to the UFC in recent years, but could now use McGregor’s popularity to propel their own sport back to the top at MMA’s expense.