The Wildest Conspiracy Theories About the Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor Fight

Even if you're actively trying to avoid the fight between Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor, chances are you've developed a firm stance on the bout by now. There are very few people out there who are thinking to themselves, “You know what, I think I need more information before I take the plunge on the pay-per-view fee.” And if you are still thinking that, I'd have to ask you what the rock you've been living under is like.

Every possible angle has been exploited. We've talked about Mayweather's domestic violence, McGregor's history of racism, their sparring partners, sexual habits, even the damn suits the fighters have worn to press conferences. And now all that's left to debate is one simple question—who's going to win?

The odds are heavily in Mayweather's favor, and why wouldn't they be? He's 49-0 and one of the best boxers of all-time, facing a near amateur in a new sport. That should be the start and end of it, but to keep themselves interested in the fight, a lot of observers are clinging to crazy beliefs, hoping the fight will somehow live up to their expectations. I get it, because you're not going to drop $100 on a pay-per-view if you're just expecting a mundane win from Mayweather.

So for those of you trying to search for a reason to care about the fight, here are a few conspiracy theories people have. They might make it worth tuning in!

Mayweather will throw the fight to make more money

From Mayweather's perspective, this might make the least sense of any theory, because he has everything to lose going into the fight. Though it has been overshadowed by the trash talk, Mayweather has a chance to pass Rocky Marciano's mythical 49-0 record and go to 50-0, a number that is revered within boxing circles. Several prominent fighters have fallen just short of equaling or passing that number, including heavyweight great Larry Holmes, who lost his 49th fight in a controversial decision to Michael Spinks. It's a number that matters deeply to boxers, even if it doesn't to casual fans.

And yet, this might not be the biggest thing on Mayweather's mind. Should he lose to McGregor, it would set up another huge payday in a subsequent fight. Mayweather will reportedly make a minimum of $100 million for this fight, and that number could multiply depending on how the sales for the bout play out. Would you be able to turn down making a sum of money like that a second time, knowing all you had to do was lose once?

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There's reason to believe Mayweather has motivation to extract as much money out of this as possible. He has had to issue denials that he's in trouble with the IRS, and he will reportedly have to use a big chunk of the McGregor fight money just to pay off his past tax liabilities. It would stand to reason that these issues might keep popping up, since at this point they seem to occur no matter how much income Mayweather generates.

Assuming Mayweather would win the second fight, throwing the first one would likely set up the pair of fighters for a third bout way down the road, and trilogies tend to be huge draws, because you see a real rivalry build over time. These are big assumptions—but again, you just have to follow the money, and both fighters would be set for life if they brought in the sort of revenue they're about earn for just the three potential fights.

Mayweather might not even have to do this on his own. He tends to fight for decisions, and any time you can put the outcome in the hands of just a few people, there's a chance for shenanigans. 

McGregor has only been pretending to be a bad boxer

Yes, some people truly believe that McGregor hasn't actually shown what he can do. The belief is that the guy who is a professional fighter and constant trash talker actually wants you to believe he's unequipped to be a boxer, and will use that reputation to surprise Mayweather on Saturday night.

You really have to believe in this to think McGregor has a realistic chance against Mayweather. Sparring partners of McGregor's have shared footage of them working out with the converted MMA fighter, and McGregor looks pretty bad.

The footage looks so bad, in fact, that Mayweather's camp even sort of believes it's not legit. That's what the fighter's team said during a radio interview in June, claiming their camp would not slack in their fight preparation even if McGregor looks bad on the tape.

“I looked at it, but to me it looked [like] it’s a possibility it could be staged,” said Mayweather's trainer, Nate Jones. “We don’t fall for that, we prepare for anything. Please believe me, I looked at it and I came up with my opinion that it could have been for real but it could have been staged. I don’t know. His style is a different style from Floyd. I don’t want nobody messing with Floyd. He may be more difficult than Floyd’s gonna be for him.”

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That's exactly the problem with believing the footage is staged: Mayweather's camp doesn't really care what it looks like one way or the other. He didn't amass a 49-0 record by taking his opponents lightly, and Mayweather has consistently noted McGregor will be a threat when interviewed about the fight. He's confident in his ability, but he has given no indication of slowing down or easing up on his opponent.

The styles comment from Jones is interesting, though, because of one theory a lot of fans seem to have about the fight.

McGregor will use an MMA move at some point during the fight

As the old saying goes, you can't teach an old dog new tricks. McGregor deserves respect for his accomplishments as an athlete in his sport, but that doesn't mean he can break the habits that have been built into him over years and years of training.

Sports books are banking on the expectation that McGregor reverts to MMA tactics, and are taking bets on whether he'll throw a kick or an elbow during the fight. It makes a degree of sense, because while he has been exclusively training as a boxer for months now, you can't truly plan for how you'll react once you start to get fatigued. Should he get desperate in the later rounds, maybe he lashes out with a kick at Mayweather's ankles.

This idea has popped up repeatedly among fight fans, who have discussed the possibility for months.

The big reason this probably won't happen? It would cost McGregor a fortune. UFC boss Dana White has said from day one that any sort of MMA moves are strictly forbidden.

“There is no way that will happen. That is absolutely in the contract, number one. Number two, this is a boxing match under the rules of the Nevada State Athletic Commission,” said White. “When you talk about a guy like Floyd Mayweather, the lawsuit if that ever happened… You all know how much Conor likes money. Conor would depart with a whole lot of money if that ever happened.”

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No amount of laughs McGregor would generate by busting out a kick would fill the hole in his bank account. This isn't happening, but there's one more wrinkle to consider.

Mayweather and McGregor might be in on this whole charade together

If Mayweather throwing the fight on his own isn't crazy enough for you, boy do we have a conspiracy theory for you! There are people out there who believe the fighters may be working behind the scenes to set up the best possible outcome for their futures, which would necessitate Mayweather taking a proverbial dive. But it would need to look real for it to not be an obvious fix, so it would necessitate both guys planning for the possibility ahead of time.

Other world-class athletes are worried about that exact possibility. Golfer Rory McIlroy was asked about the fight over the weekend, and his concern is that we're all being fooled by the circus.

“I just fear that they do all this trash-talking and they go behind the scenes and they are having a laugh and thinking: I can’t believe we are talking all this public for a ride,” said McIlroy. “We are all buying into it and they are like, can you believe these people believe this? I just hope it doesn’t turn into it and I hope it’s not in any way fixed.”

Count Terry Crews in the fix camp too. He told TMZ that he believes the two fighters are “trying to get another one,” and believes McGregor will ultimately get a decision victory to set up more fights in the future.

Boxing is a sport with a reputation for shady dealings; in early July, Manny Pacquiao lost a controversial decision to relative unknown Jeff Horn, despite most boxing analysts believing Pacquiao had won the fight easily. There have been countless examples of similar shady decisions over time, and this is a real possibility in a fight with hundreds of millions of dollars on the line.

Never, ever rule out corruption in the boxing world. Mayweather may give McGregor the beat-down most expect, but that doesn't necessarily mean he'll walk away with a victory on the scorecards. 

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Jon Jones May Be Stripped of His UFC Title After Failing Another Drug Test

So much for a Jon Jones comeback. Less than a month after his UFC 214 victory over Daniel Cormier, the 30-year-old MMA fighter has, once again, tested positive for a banned substance. Sources say Jones is now at risk of losing his title.

According to MMAFighting.com, Jones tested positive for the anabolic steroid turinabol, which could result in a suspension spanning more than two years. TMZ reports Jones will be stripped of his title with the belt going back to Cormier. UFC president Dana White announced that a decision has not been made.

“He has not been stripped yet but he has got to go through the process,” White told the Sun.

The UFC released a statement on the matter:

The UFC organization was notified today that the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) has informed Jon Jones of a potential Anti-Doping Policy violation stemming from an in-competition sample collected following his weigh-in on July 28, 2017.

USADA, the independent administrator of the UFC Anti-Doping Policy, will handle the results management and appropriate adjudication of this case involving Jones, as it relates to the UFC Anti-Doping Policy and future UFC participation. Under the UFC Anti-Doping Policy, there is a full and fair legal process that is afforded to all athletes before any sanctions are imposed. The California State Athletic Commission (CSAC) also retains jurisdiction over this matter as the sample collection was performed the day before Jones' bout at UFC 214 in Anaheim, CA, and USADA will work to ensure that the CSAC has the necessary information to determine its proper judgment of Jones' potential anti-doping violation.

This is the second time Jones has tested positive for a banned substance. In 2016, he was slapped with a one-year suspension after clomiphene and letrozole were found. He insisted he failed the test because he took a male enhancement pill without knowing it contained a banned substance.

“I have always maintained my innocence and I am very happy I have been cleared in any wrong doing pursuant to the allegations made that I had intentionally taken a banned substance,” he said in a statement. “I am pleased that in USADA's investigation they determined I was ‘not a cheater of the sport.’ Being cleared of these allegations was very important to me.”

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UFC President Dana White Posts Video of Conor McGregor Knocking Down Paul Malignaggi in the Ring

Amid concerns over Conor McGregor's ability to survive in the ring against Floyd Mayweather, UFC president Dana White released two videos from McGregor's sparring sessions with Paul Malignaggi. On Friday, The Notorious held an open workout at UFC headquarters in Las Vegas where he put some odd training techniques and slow heavy bag speed on display for those in attendance. 

White also responded to the people doubting McGregor's boxing skills by posting two videos of The Notorious sparring with Malignaggi, including a clip where it appears Conor knocked down the former world champion. 

Earlier this month, Malignaggi abruptly quit as McGregor's sparring partner after photos from their session leaked. The former boxer claims he was pushed in the photo showing him lying on the mat with Conor standing over him.

The circus leading up to this fight is nearly coming to a close. Mayweather and McGregor will finally meet in the ring on Aug. 26.

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Why Conor McGregor Actually Has a Chance Against Floyd Mayweather

Oddsmakers aren’t giving Conor McGregor much of a chance against Floyd Mayweather. Neither are those in the boxing world.

We already ran down reasons why McGregor (almost assuredly) will not beat Mayweather when they meet Aug. 26. For starters there’s the obvious like McGregor’s extreme inexperience and Mayweather’s standing as one of boxing’s living legends. But there are a few legit reasons why the McGregor, a 4-1 underdog, actually has a chance to pull off the upset.

We’ll start with the age difference. Having turned 29 July 14th, McGregor will enter the ring with 11 years on Mayweather and will undoubtedly be the quicker and more athletic fighter. The speed Mayweather was known for in his prime, throwing and landing punches at a blindingly fast pace and dodging his opponents' punches like he's Neo from “The Matrix,”  is a thing of the past.

“This is not the elite Floyd Mayweather,” says ESPN boxing analyst Teddy Atlas. “He’s 40 years old. He’s been away from the game for two years. He took the fight on short notice. Those things should be accounted for. They will be accounted for.”

McGregor, the bigger man, will look physically imposing standing next to Mayweather when they weigh-in on the Friday before the fight. In his prime and already ripped, McGregor will be an Adonis while Atlas contends that even though Mayweather will look impressive, he can already see Father Time taking his toll.

“In a 12-round fight, Conor McGregor, who is the bigger, younger, stronger guy, needs to hit Floyd Mayweather and hurt him.” — DANA WHITE

“His body doesn’t even look the same,” says Atlas. “It’s got that softer look when you get a little older. The muscles have changed a little bit. To the eye that knows to look at that stuff it’s noticeable.”

Even if Mayweather might be a tick slower than we’re used to seeing, nobody expects McGregor to outbox one of the greats. But it’s the unknown that could earn the MMA star the unlikely win. Screwy things happen in boxing all the time—and we’re not even talking about some messed up judge’s scorecard. What if a cut opens over the eye of Mayweather from an inadvertent headbutt? What if Mayweather fractures his hand on a punch and is essentially reduced to a one-armed fighter? Boxing fans know Mayweather’s reputation for having brittle hands.

“I’ve seen Floyd fracture both hands in a fight,” says Mayweather CEO Leonard Ellerbe. “I know Conor McGregor is bigger, stronger, thinks he’s faster, and thinks he’s going to knock Floyd Mayweather out. But any damn thing can happen. Floyd could cross his head in the fourth round and not be able to use his right hand.”

Even when his fists aren’t giving him problems, Mayweather isn’t exactly a knockout artist (his career knockout percentage: 53). McGregor, on the other hand, is known to possess impressive punching power. While his devastating blows have come wearing 4 oz. gloves in UFC fights, the 10 oz. gloves he’ll wear against Mayweather won’t do much to slow down the speed of his punches or diminish their power. The question is can McGregor land a clean shot on the chin of the best modern defensive boxer who has never legitimately been knocked to the canvas as a pro?

“He’s not a boxer. At the end of the day, Conor McGregor is a fighter,” UFC president Dana White said back at the July 13th press conference at Barclays Center. “In a 12-round fight, Conor McGregor, who is the bigger, younger, stronger guy, needs to hit Floyd Mayweather and hurt him.”

And maybe play some mind games. It’s widely expected that McGregor will be the aggressor while Mayweather will be content to play defense and pick his spots. What if McGregor played it cool and conservative the way, according to Atlas, he’s won matches in the UFC, making Floyd come at him?

“Use those principles of trying to be careful and thoughtful and contemplative before you just walk into something then Floyd doesn’t have the foil that he needs,” says Atlas. “[Floyd] needs that caveman so he can bang, bang, bang, catch him coming in and catch him with counters.” 

The bottom line is McGregor doesn’t have an easy path to victory and deep down he has to know that. But it’s not inconceivable if the right things happened that he could pull off the improbable upset. It’s boxing. It’s sports. Crazier things have happened than a 4-1 dog getting the w. 

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Former World Champion Confirms Sparring Session With Conor McGregor Included ‘Lot of Violence’

The Floyd Mayweather/Conor McGregor fight on Aug. 26 might not turn out to be as entertaining as people are hoping it will be. But it sure sounds like there’s been plenty of action taking place during McGregor’s training camp in the weeks leading up to the fight.

A few weeks ago, a report emerged about how McGregor had apparently been knocked out by a sparring partner during a ring session. Then, earlier this week, another report emerged about how a sparring session between McGregor and former world champion Paulie Malignaggi had to be stopped after it got “out of control.” And during an interview with ESPN late Wednesday, Malignaggi confirmed that things have, in fact, been “intense” when he’s stepped into the ring with McGregor.

Malignaggi said that he has actually sparred with McGregor twice now. And according to him, McGregor improved quite a bit between the first sparring session he had with him and the second one.

“I think the intensity Conor’s reaching is starting to show in the hard work he’s putting into camp,” Malignaggi said. “I think he’s getting better and better. I really felt improvements from two weeks ago to now…I do see a guy who is implementing more and more of what they want to do in their game plan.”

But Malignaggi also said that, during a sparring session on Tuesday that saw the fighters go at it for 12 rounds, things got chippy between the two. He felt like McGregor’s camp ambushed him by making him fight for so long on relatively short notice.

“Lot of violence,” Malignaggi said. “I went in there to prove a point. I didn’t like the fact I had to fly across the country on Monday, and they have me scheduled for 12 [rounds] on Tuesday. I thought it was a little bit of a setup. Usually, all sparring is private. I show up at the UFC headquarters and [former UFC owner Lorenzo] Fertitta is there. Dana White is there. So I’m thinking these guys are thinking they’ll catch me right off the flight, set me up for him to look good in front of his audience. I didn’t like that. I kind of went in with a chip on my shoulder.”

Malignaggi said that he and McGregor have a “mutual respect” for one another right now. But he also suggested that there’s been no love lost between the two when they have gone to battle.

“I don’t think we’re going to be best friends anytime soon,” he said, “but there was a lot more mutual respect after that kind of work [Tuesday] night. It was a lot more intense than the first one.”

In addition to speaking with ESPN, Malignaggi did a video interview with TMZ Sports and showed off some of the marks on his face from his sparring session with McGregor. He stopped short of saying that McGregor has overwhelming power in the ring, but he did give him credit for packing some pop in his punch.

“Conor doesn't have bad power,” he said. “It's not 'Oh my god' power…but it is respectable power.”

The Mayweather/McGregor fight might not ultimately live up to all of the hype surrounding it. But it sure sounds like Malignaggi and McGregor are giving those watching their sparring sessions a real treat.

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Here’s How One Fan Made a Fake Press Credential to Walk Alongside Conor Mcgregor

In the final stop on their four-city press tour, Conor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather visited the SSE Arena at Wembley Stadium in London, England. The event had everything from verbal jabs to anti-gay slurs to one fan who snuck into the venue with a fake credential. 

In a video posted on Saturday, a guy who goes by Zac Alsop on YouTube detailed how he managed to create a fake credential, weave his way around security, and wind up right next to McGregor minutes before making his entrance. After finding a photo of the promoter credential on Instagram, Alsop went to work on constructing an identical copy, down to the lamination. 

With a suit on and the fake credentials around his neck, Alsop was able to sneak by security by sticking close to Mayweather's crew as they entered the arena. This incredibly brave and partially crazy guy had a couple close calls, including a run-in with UFC president Dana White on two separate occasions. 

Even though Alsop avoided any problems getting into SSE Arena, it did not mean he was in the clear. At one point, Alsop needed to remain calm as he pretended to be with Mayweather's photographers as they walked between some security flanked on either side of a narrow hallway. 

The journey was intense, but it was probably all worth it when he ended up standing alongside McGregor. Check out his heroic trek, and whatever you do, do not try this in your hometown. Leave it to…the professionals?

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Conor McGregor Could Lose a Lot of Money If He Uses Any MMA Moves on Floyd Mayweather

 

Conor McGregor has been acting a fool during the promotional tour that he’s currently on with Floyd Mayweather to hype up their upcoming fight. From making racist remarks to taking shots at 50 Cent, the guy has gotten pretty out of control thus far—and Mayweather and McGregor still have one stop left on their promo tour in London on Friday.

But despite his erratic behavior during the tour, UFC president Dana White expects McGregor to be on his best behavior on Aug. 26 when the fight goes down. We’re sure McGregor will still put on a show before—and potentially after—the fight. But once the fight starts, White doesn’t expect McGregor to go crazy in the ring and brutally attack Mayweather with a bunch of MMA moves or anything. That’s because, according to White, there’s a clause in McGregor’s contract that could cause him to lose a lot of money if he decides to use a single MMA tactic on Mayweather.

“He would get sued beyond belief if he does anything but hit Floyd Mayweather with his hands to the head and body,” White said on Thursday, according to USA Today Sports. “It would be very bad. That can’t happen. That can’t happen. There’s actually language in the contract that that can’t happen.”

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As it stands, White is predicting McGregor could make in the high eight figures for the fight. But he said McGregor would “100 percent” put his purse in jeopardy if he were to resort to his MMA ways with Mayweather.

“Forget about the contract,” White said. “[Mayweather] would just sue [McGregor]. And it would destroy Conor’s life because Mayweather would win…Conor is a bit of a wild man. But he likes money as much as Floyd does. If he wants Floyd to have all his money, that’s the way to do it.”

Given all the animosity and tension that will be present when Mayweather and McGregor fight, it wouldn’t be too surprising to see McGregor get overly emotional. But after hearing what White had to say about the ramifications of him flipping out, we wouldn’t expect to see him lose his mind and attack Mayweather at any point.

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Conor McGregor Will Make You Believe He Can Win, Even Though He Probably Can’t

Considering how over the top and utterly ridiculous everything surrounding Mayweather-McGregor has been so far, it was only fitting that Conor McGregor arrived at Barclays Center Thursday—a hot, humid, and generally disgusting day—rocking a Gucci fur coat and no shirt.

Because nothing surrounding what’s shaping up to be the biggest and most lucrative boxing match in history has been by the book or will be the by the book, and the two biggest shit talkers in modern sports spent another night in another city mouthing off and talking tough all in the name of promoting their Aug. 26 mega-fight.

Tuesday it was Los Angeles. Wednesday it was Toronto. Thursday it was Brooklyn where McGregor and Floyd Mayweather were back on their bullshit. McGregor was the first to arrive and didn’t waste any time mocking Mayweather, flaming his pal 50 Cent, and saying more problematic (racial) things that rubbed some people the wrong way. Mayweather countered by calling McGregor a “bitch” and a “stripper” then making it rain on stage. It got heated. They got in each other’s faces. And their respective squads almost tussled on stage.

“Today I was about to smack him up there but we’ll keep it professional for now,” McGregor said after the show had ended. “But it’s a hell of a lot of fun. How could you get tired of this?”

Based on the crowds the tour has drawn and the coverage they have received it seems like the appetite for all things Mayweather-McGregor is far from being satisfied. What many dismissed as a farce when it was first rumored is turning into the most talked-about event in sports these days and the 13,165 that packed into Barclays—many in favor of McGregor—further proved that this is shaping up to be something way bigger, way hotter, way more ridiculous than any coat the Irish MMA superstar could ever rock.

But will it be a legit fight? Oddsmakers in Vegas don’t give McGregor much of a shot nor do boxing purists. And that’s just fine with McGregor, who just four years ago was on food stamps. Sitting in front of mostly boxing writers last night, he laid out how and why he would beat Mayweather in rather convincing terms. Brimming with championship charisma, McGregor said his sparring sessions—despite what you may have seen on social media—have been intense and that boxing’s three-minute rounds will be easy considering he’s used to UFC’s five-minute rounds.

“I’ll be ready for 12,” McGregor said. “But he’s going down in four.”

It’s easy to dismiss McGregor’s chances. He’s going up against a legend who’s 49-0 professionally and has made a fortune dodging punches and pummeling inferior opponents. Mayweather’s been schooled in the sweet science for decades while McGregor will have to suppress his natural instinct to attack Mayweather with an elbow or a kick that would be financially devastating. Will McGregor be able to land a crippling blow? And we all know there’s no way he can out-point Mayweather over 12 rounds.

Yet when faced with that scenario, and still wearing designer sunglasses well after 10 pm, McGregor flashed a championship smile. He may be a massive underdog but the reasons he can pull off the upset are many. For starters he’s got 12 years on Mayweather. He’s bigger. He’s stronger. He’s got the longer reach. He’s going to wear down Mayweather when they’re tied up, zapping him of energy. And he possesses the kind of power with his punches that Mayweather wishes he had. McGregor just doesn’t have anywhere near the experience Mayweather has.

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“He’s not a boxer. At the end of the day, Conor McGregor is a fighter,“ UFC president Dana White said. “Somewhere in a 12-round fight, Conor McGregor, the bigger, younger, stronger guy needs to hit Floyd Mayweather and needs to hurt him.”

But can he even land a clean punch on the Pretty Boy, who has been shoulder rolling his way to millions of dollars in prize money and championships since he turned pro in 1996? When Mayweather fights, he rarely gets touched. And while he’s not nearly as fast as he was during his prime, will McGregor be able to defend his quick combos and put up enough of a fight in the judge’s eyes to make it close in the championship rounds? Probably not. We’ve been on record before saying that Mayweather would demolish McGregor in a boxing match and that hasn’t changed. But listening to McGregor talk will make you, for the briefest of moments, think twice.  

“His belief in himself is nothing like I’ve ever seen before,” White said.

Regardless of what happens, if enough people buy the $99.95 pay-per-view event, neither McGregor or Mayweather are going to give a shit what happens since neither appears to have any appetite for a (boxing) rematch. Both will make a stupid amount of money off of this. Estimates are McGregor could easily earn over $100 million while Mayweather will reap way, way more than the $200 million-plus he earned in his fight with Manny Pacquiao back in 2015.

“They’re going to talk about this business move at Harvard,” Mayweather said.

And based on how rabid the atmosphere has been at the press conferences and how much coverage the first three stops have received—the tour ends Friday in London—there’s no reason to believe Mayweather-McGregor won’t break the Mayweather-Pacquiao box-office record.

The only question is, unlike Mayweather-Pacquiao, will we get a good fight? And does McGregor actually have a shot at defeating Mayweather?

The answer to the latter is yes. He has a shot. Every fighter has a shot. But the chances are oh so slim. As for the answer to the former, that’s the only thing that really matters if you’re actually going to drop a Benjamin on the summer’s biggest spectacle. 

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The Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor Fight Date Has Finally Been Announced

For more than a year now we've heard the rumor that Conor McGregor will cross over from MMA into boxing in order to make a boatload of money in a fight against Floyd Mayweather. While that initially sounded absurd to almost everyone, months went by and it seemed more and more plausible.

Now, according to Yahoo, who themselves are citing a “well-placed source,” the two men will fight on Saturday, Aug. 26. If you'd been paying attention you knew that that date was already rumored earlier this week. Sure enough, shortly afterward, Floyd confirmed the date:

And, as for McGregor, he beat Mayweather by a few minutes, with a joke that he probably had planned for months—he poked fun at Mayweather's age by “accidentally” using a photo of Floyd's 64-year-old father, Floyd Mayweather Sr., instead of the fighter:

Dana White also appeared to take the minimalist approach:

Terms of the deal that were apparently agreed to are not yet available, but White told TMZ Sports that he “expects” McGregor to make “around $100 million.” 

On Wednesday,  (or Tuesday night, depending on your source) the Nevada Athletic Commission approved a Mayweather Promotions request to be put on an Aug. 26 boxing card at the MGM Grand. However, as MMA Fighting noted, neither Mayweather nor McGregor currently have a license to box in Nevada. That process can be changed in less than a week.

TMZ Sports recently provided some additional details regarding their upcoming fight. The 12-round bout will take place at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas with both guys wearing 10 ounce gloves. Mayweather Promotions will take care of determining the undercard, which will also consist of boxing matches. When asked to address the speculation that one of the fights on the undercard could be Roy Jones Jr. versus Anderson Silva, Dana said, “I highly doubt it.” The two will be tested by USADA for any performance-enhancing drugs.

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Jon Jones Says He Beat Daniel Cormier ‘After A Weekend of Cocaine’

Jon Jones and Daniel Cormier are not who you would call the best of friends. The two fighters have been feuding inside and outside of the octagon for years, with the two light heavyweights trading verbal jabs about the ownership of UFC's light heavyweight title belt.

Thanks to a host of personal problems ranging from legal woes to drug violations, Jones has been forced to cede opportunities to Cormier, who is the current champion for their division despite never having beaten Jones. But a rematch of the two fighters has been scheduled for July 29 at UFC 214, and the two are back butting heads accordingly.

After their fight was announced at the UFC's Summer Kickoff press conference, Cormier expressed skepticism at Jones being able to keep his act together long enough to step in the ring with him. Jones was happy to acknowledge his indiscretions, but he made it clear he feels Cormier is a paper champion:

CORMIER: So, I’m sitting here, and I see him. Like, I see him. He’s over there. But is he really going to be in Anaheim? Is this guy really going to go to the fight? Is this guy going to mess this up again by doing steroids or snorting cocaine or sandblasting prostitutes? What’s this guy going to do to mess this up this time?

JONES: Prostitutes? I beat you after a weekend of cocaine.

You can catch the full video of the presser up top—the quoted exchange begins around 4:26 in—and see Jones is unfazed by the tough talk coming from Cormier. Jones' fall from grace has been disappointing for such a dominant fighter, but he has a point, because while Cormier is the current champion of the division, he lost in a unanimous decision to Jones when they last fought at UFC 182. The current champion was only able to take the vacant title belt after Jones had his title stripped due to a hit-and-run incident in 2015.

Multiple attempts at a rematch have been aborted over the last couple years, once due to a foot injury for Cormier and once thanks to Jones being suspended for USADA violations. Each man sees the other as unworthy of the crown, either due to availability or fighting ability, and the bad blood will continue to simmer until they finally stand toe-to-toe for a second time. By the looks of things, they don't really want to wait until the scheduled fight:

Regardless of whose side you fall on here, the rematch remains one of the most anticipated fights in the sport. If UFC and Dana White can just manage to get both guys in the ring—and staying clean, of course—the fans will get to watch two big-time fighters who genuinely don't like each other. This sort of background can entice even the most casual of fight fans to tune in. 

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