Conor McGregor is back in more ways than one.
He is back competing in the Octagon, and is again on the tips of everyone in the combat sports world’s tongues. After McGregor’s win over Donald Cerrone on Saturday at UFC 246, the two biggest names in boxing have him on their radar.
Manny Pacquiao reportedly would like to fight McGregor in April, and of course, Floyd Mayweather Jr. seems to want a rematch. While that would be another money-maker like their first meeting in 2017, MayMac 2 is a horrible idea, and one that combat sports fans shouldn’t support.
UFC 246 is reportedly pacing to be a massive success for the promotion. No matter how you look at it, producing the same sort of revenue as a 2 million PPV-buy event on the old system confirms McGregor is still a needle-mover.
Throughout his time with the UFC, McGregor has been responsible for five of the Top 6 most-purchased UFC PPV events, and that doesn’t include the cash machine that MayMac was in 2017.
Mayweather is the PPV King.
He is responsible for all of the top-grossing combat sports events in history. No fighter has more made in combat than he has, and even though he hasn’t be in a ring for a professional fight since he fought McGregor, the two men could still make a boatload of cash in a rematch.
Because of the potential cash available for the fighters and the promoters involved, it seems like a no-brainer, but this is where purists of the sports have to demand better fights with their consumer dollars and engagement.
To put it plainly, McGregor has plenty of options within the sport he has said he’s rededicated himself to since his absence. Justin Gaethje, Jorge Masvidal, Khabib Nurmagomedov, Tony Ferguson, Kamaru Usman, Colby Covington, the winner of Tyron Woodley-Leon Edwards fight, Nate Diaz, Stephen Thompson and Robbie Lawler would all probably love a chance to fight McGregor.
Obviously, fighting anyone besides Nurmagomedov, Diaz and possibly Masvidal wouldn’t generate anything close to what McGregor can make against Mayweather, but didn’t he say he was interested in gold world championship belts?
What title is he going to claim from the retired Mayweather?
As much as I appreciate Mayweather’s career and his ingenious self-promotion, there is no one in the world I’m excited to see him fight. I’d be much happier watching him successfully promote Gervonta Davis and any other blue-chip young star he can ink.
Mayweather should be the Michael Jordan of boxing expanding his brand without breaking a sweat.
It’s time for one of the greatest boxers to move on, and to stop the seemingly endless tease of yet-another unretirement.
Also, a rematch figures to be another farcical event. Their first fight wasn’t as competitive as the less-than astute fight fan, or McGregor homer might lead you to believe.
Mayweather barely trained and didn’t even take McGregor seriously, and he still easily controlled and absorbed the few punches the Irishman was able to land earlier in the fight. Ultimately, Mayweather stopped an exhausted McGregor in the 10th round, and everyone claimed their checks and went home happy.
I didn’t have an issue with that fight. It was a one-time event that produced a novel spectacle that everyone should remember. However, there is no reason to do this a second time.