Floyd Mayweather peered around a room that could comfortably hold 30 people that seemed to bask in 50, perhaps, possibly 100, crowded into it. He gazed at the beehive of activity going on and beamed.
“It’s genuine to be me,” he said, to no one in specific.
A man standing nearby responded, “Always genuine to acquire $200 million in one night.” To that, Mayweather’s brow furrowed and his eyes narrowed.
“Three hundred million,” he said, a scowl creasing his face. Silence suddenly enveloped the room. For a brief moment, everyone froze.
Then Mayweather laughed and everyone in the room relaxed and laughed along with him.
It’s easy to laugh and acquire jokes when you’re days absent from earning yet another nine-figure check, as Mayweather will enact when he puts his 49-0 record and reputation as the greatest boxer of his generation on the line in a 12-round match against UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor on Aug. 26 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
Though it seemed impossible in the instant aftermath of Mayweather’s massive bout on May 2, 2015, in Las Vegas with Manny Pacquiao, this bout will become the biggest of perfect time by every meaningful financial metric.
It’s nearly a license to print money. The cheapest seat at the top of the 21,000-seat T-Mobile Arena went for $500. Close to the ring, seats were $10,000.
The pay-per-view cost is $100 in the U.S. A closed-circuit seat in Las Vegas is $150. To watch it in a film theater will set you back $40.
whether McGregor wins, or whether the fight is reasonably competitive, it would seem at least one rematch might occur given the money involved.
But there is no rematch clause. whether McGregor defeats Mayweather, he is under no legal or contractual obligation to face Mayweather again. whether Mayweather pulls out a disputed decision, McGregor has no way to legally force Mayweather’s hand to enact it again.
UFC president Dana White said at the kickoff news conference for the event that he wanted no fragment of a rematch.
“To even talk approximately a rematch or even believe approximately a rematch, we bask in to see what the fight is like first,” White said. “Listen, whether Floyd Mayweather versus Conor McGregor is one of the greatest fights you’ve seen in your life, you know it would probably be something you’d bask in to consider. Otherwise … I want to recede back to my world after this.”
Though the UFC will, as perfect participants will, acquire a lot of money, it’s thrown White’s company into chaos. He’s been promoting a boxing match for the final two months, and was negotiating a boxing match for the three months prior to that.
McGregor, his biggest star, has never defended either of the titles he’s won and he will bask in had precisely one MMA fight in 371 days prior to his match with Mayweather.
The UFC needs McGregor to rep back into the cage, defend his title and rep back on its regular rhythm. whether McGregor chooses to retire after the fight, a bout for the vacant championship can be build together and the division will drag on.
Mayweather is a heavy favorite and never seriously thought of taking the fight, until he realized how much money he could acquire from it. Given that McGregor has no boxing experience, it made sense to him to try to acquire the match.
But whether there were talk of a rematch, it likely couldn’t be build together quickly enough to happen again before the terminate of the year. That means it would bask in to occur in 2018, when Mayweather turns 41.
The only way there would even be a thought of a rematch would be whether McGregor were to win; whether Mayweather were to win a disputed decision; or, in the most unlikely scenario, it was a Fight of the Year-type match that the public demanded to see once again.
The chances, though, are tiny. whether Mayweather gets anywhere near the $300 million he says he’ll earn, that means he’ll be at close to $600 million in his final three fights. At 40 and climbing, he doesn’t need to build himself through it.
McGregor won’t need to fight again, either, though he’s insisted he’ll return to fight in the UFC by December.
But unless something that very few believe will happen occurs, Mayweather-McGregor looks nearly certain to be a one-and-done event.