The potential boxing bout between Conor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather will be the first time that two men from the very elite from both boxing and mixed martial arts will face off.
And while there have been various match-ups between boxers and MMA fighters (former world champions in James Toney and Randy Couture, for instance), a meeting between Mayweather and McGregor would be a contest between two men at the very top of their games.
To a lot of people, it’s the nature of boxing vs. MMA that draws attention and interest. But, while most pundits and fans believe the boxing rules naturally tips the fight in Mayweather’s favour, UFC president Dana White believes the contest could be far closer than most predict.
“Great thing about fights is you never know who’s going to win,” White said, speaking to X17. “Believe me, there’s a lot of weekends we put on fights and I think people aren’t going to win and they do. It’s the crazy thing about the fight business. I mean if it was guaranteed that Floyd was going to win this fight, why would you pay for it?
“There’s no guarantees. Conor’s 27, Floyd’s 40. Conor’s the bigger, stronger guy. He’s got knockout power. It’s an interesting fight.”
The UFC boss has done a large about turn recently. Having previously stated on a number of occasions that he felt the fight wouldn’t take place, White appeared to have a change of heart last week, when he publicly stated that he felt there was too much money involved for McGregor and Mayweather not to meet.