Floyd Mayweather Opens as Heavy Betting Favorite Over Conor McGregor

Vincent De Villiers
Junho 16, 2017

Both men had previously said they wanted $100m (£78m) each for the fight and negotiations have gone back and forth for about a year.

"Showtime is the exclusive distributor of Floyd Mayweather's fights but they were kind enough to open the gate and let us do some stuff too".

Ever the promoter, White was realistic about the disparity in boxing skills and experience between Mayweather and McGregor, but stopped short of not giving the UFC's first ever two-division champion a chance at pulling off the improbable upset. He had tweeted a picture of himself sparring in recent days to show he was already getting ready for the bout.

"I've been watching him, Conor has a reach advantage and he's more powerful".

McGregor and his coaches are coming in with high confidence though, and a gameplan that involves throwing out the conventional strategy used to fight Mayweather and delving into boxing history for a different, more rough house style of fighting. "The sky's the limit on this". They are expected to earn at least $100 million dollars each.

"Everybody's happy", said Mayweather's adviser, Leonard Ellerbe.

"I'm not saying Conor McGregor's going to win".

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In order to make sure that doesn't happen, UFC president Dana White confirmed late Wednesday on a media conference call that language was added to the contract, including the kind of financial penalties that are created to deter such practices. "It's the right fight at the right place at the right time".

"It would be the same thing if a fighter went into the octagon".

Ellerbe concluded: "Conor McGregor is a terrific guy, he's amusing as hell to me".

Months of negotiating and trolling finally came to an end on Wednesday as a blockbuster bout for August 26 in Las Vegas was confirmed.

"IT'S OFFICIAL!" Mayweather wrote on his Twitter account alongside a short video that included photos of both fighters.

It's hard to estimate exactly how many people will buy the fight, and the final buys for Mayweather-Pacquiao finished far ahead of the original projections. The fight has the potential to be the richest in history, with many claiming that Mayweather vs. McGregor has a net worth of over $1 billion.

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