Bob Arum Sides With Mayweather, Calls McGregor Fight ‘Absolute Nonsense’
What seemed to be mere rumors almost a year ago, the Floyd Mayeather vs. Conor McGregor match may actually turn into a reality.
Recently, there have been several back-and-forth exchanges between the two fighters. Even UFC president Dana White got involved, when he offered "Money" a sum of $25 million to fight "The Notorious" in a boxing match.
Mayweather, for his part, simply laughed off the offer made by White. But, during the Badou Jack-James De Geale fight over the weekend, the retired undefeated boxer explained why such an offer would simply not suffice.
"In the Canelo fight I made over $100 million in that fight and just in two fights, Pacquiao and Canelo, those two fights, somewhere upwards of $400 million," Mayweather told Fight Hype. "$400 million or better. Sponsorship money leading up to the Pacquiao fight, that week I made 25 to 30 million [dollars]. So these are my numbers."
To this day, Mayweather remains boxing's biggest draw, despite having retired in 2015. The last time he saw action was in September of that year, when he won a rather easy and unentertaining unanimous decision verdict over former world champion Andre Berto. Right after the fight, he announced his retirement for the second time in his career.
The mere idea of Conor McGregor fighting Floyd Mayweather in a boxing match has been deemed absurd by many pundits. Rightfully, many of them believe that under boxing rules, Mayweather would easily win. It is a belief that veteran promoter Bob Arum also holds.
"Because he has no experience as a boxer," Arum told TMZ Sports (via BloodyElbow.com). "On the other hand, if they did the cage thing, Floyd wouldn't have a chance. So, it's just talk and it's absolute nonsense for these guys to fight each other."
Arum also pointed out that Mayweather had already made more than $30 million per fight during his six-fight deal with Showtime, which began in 2013. When asked about why he thought White offered the $25 million figure, the 84-year-old Top Rank Promotions chief said it was merely posturing.
"No fight, even if McGregor wanted, can be done without UFC," Arum explained. "So, this is Dana White's way of establishing that point."
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