Floyd Mayweather: Conor McGregor Doesn’t Deserve $100 Million Payday

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The heat between UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor and boxing legend Floyd Mayweather Jr. continues to resonate, as both men are persistently fueling the rumors that the two will eventually meet in a combat sports superfight inside a boxing ring soon.

Mayweather has been retired from the squared circle since achieving an incredible record of 49-0 after his 2015 unanimous decision win over Andre Berto, and has stated he is reluctant to return to fighting unless it’s for a crack at the heavy-handed Irish mixed martial arts (MMA) star.

During a recent interview with ESPN, Mayweather said he’ll offer ‘Notorious’ a $15 million payday to fight, but doesn’t think the 155-pound UFC champ is worth more than that:

“We tried to make the Conor McGregor fight. They know what my number is,” Mayweather said. “My number was a guaranteed $100 million, that was my number. We’re the ‘A’ side and I don’t really know how much money Conor McGregor has made. I’m pretty sure he hasn’t even made $10 million in a MMA bout.

“But we are willing to give him $15 million and then we can talk about splitting the percentage, the back end percentage on pay-per-view. But of course, we’re the ‘A’ side. How can a guy talk about $20 or $30 million if he’s never made $8 or $9 million?”

Mandatory Credit: Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports

Mayweather would go on to reiterate what he’s said countless times before; the only fight that interests him and would force him out of retirement is a slugfest with ‘Mystic Mac’ because it would generate the most pay-per-view (PPV) numbers:

“I’m saying right here on this show, Conor McGregor keeps telling everybody he wants the fight — let’s make it happen,” Mayweather said. “Only thing that I’m probably interested in is the Conor McGregor fight,” Mayweather said. “I’m a businessman and it makes the most business sense, I think.”

Both men continue to exchange barbs in the media, and combat sports fans continue to wonder if this potentially lucrative superfight will ever happen. If ‘Money’ and ‘The Notorious One’ can find their way to a boxing bout on PPV, it could be the biggest sporting spectacle of our time.

You can check out Mayweather’s interview with ESPN here:

  • LNX03

    50mil to show + 50mil win bonus!
    Put up or shut up!!

    • Juan Diablo

      Boom, let the work in the ring do the talking- I like where your head is at. that’s too real for Floyd tho

  • aFriendlyAgenda

    I’ll put it this way,
    mayweather is the boxing fan draw,
    but conny is probably more popular to mainstreamers

    Floyd just by himself like that last guy he fought isn’t going to draw all that much, its conny on the card thats going to push that over the top

    So if you’re paying yourself 100, conny deserves more then 15
    I’d say like 30-35 should be fair?

    • Juan Diablo

      Give Floyd his 100m and Mac his 15m as long as Floyd agrees to never refer to himself as a “businessman” again until he learns how to read

      • Murderous1

        So you are a more successful Businessman than him no you are not because if you were you wouldn’t be a hating little Bi+❨‼

        • Juan Diablo

          Yes I am a more successful businessman, though Floyd is a more successful sportsman- don’t let the specifics sidetrack you tho sweetheart- Floyd has people who handle business matters for him 😉 so cute how u learned to spell “bad words” with punctuation so u can be a tough guy and and bypass the filter hahahaha

    • Murderous1

      Haters and non fighters gonna hate Juan Diablo can’t even count if he could we would not make a fool of himself on comments

  • Juan Diablo

    I love when people who know nothing about business try and say they are a “businessman” or a “businesswoman”- cracks me up when I hear the cast on Celebrity Apprentice make the claim about themselves too lol

    • Murderous1

      This is a fight site stick to the subject don’t make me tell you again

      • Juan Diablo

        Make me stop then you ol keyboard warrior lol I’ll say what I want when I want on here and some fat kid in his mom’s basement like you won’t be able to silence me cupcake