The buzz has died down a bit since rumors raged that a big money rematch between Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor was close to being finalized and announced. However, the possibility of a return to the boxing vs. MMA concept is still very much a reality and one shouldn’t be surprised if a rematch is announced sooner rather than later.
Those betting on UFC superstar McGregor will likely be disappointed once again, but those banking on the salability of the event, itself, are sure not to be disappointed.
With their August 26 fight last year bringing in over $600 million in total revenue and generating about 4.3 million pay-per-view sales, there’s clearly too much money there to walk away. You can bet that every effort will be made to make a lucrative part two to Floyd vs. Conor.
As a matter of fact, very specific rumors are already emerging regarding the particulars of the fight.
Omar Al Raisi, editor in chief of The Sports Journal in Dubai and someone with supposed insider’s knowledge of ongoing negotiations, released info to the public regarding the supposed rules of the mixed-sport rematch– and they are strange indeed.
According to Raisi, the bout will be contested “with 4 ounce gloves, no shoes, 5-five minute rounds in 155 division and also “no kicks, no take downs, no elbows, no knees. Certain things will be allowed like the clinch.”
So, essentially, we’re talking barefoot boxing in an Octagon with the stuffing removed from the gloves.
Reportedly, the Mayweather-McGregor 2 match-up was to be announced, along with the Irishman’s new deal with the UFC, before McGregor’s meltdown at the Barclays Center where he threw a dolly at a bus, injuring several UFC fighters and leading to his arrest.
But even with legal issues dangling over his head and legitimate uncertainty regarding his future with the UFC, McGregor is not out of the picture when it comes to a Mayweather fight– and Mayweather is surely not moving away from signing on to face McGregor.
Again, the money is too good to NOT explore this fight and with as much as $600 million on the table for the return bout, you can count on every effort being made to make this a reality.