Floyd Mayweather Jr took on Conor McGregor in T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on Saturday 26th August in one of the most highly anticipated fights of the decade. When the bell rang for the main event to begin at 5am the UK awoke to one of the most interesting fights in the history of the sport.
Before a punch was thrown many experts said McGregor lacked boxing skills, had terrible footwork, poor head placement and poor technique. Some claimed he’d be unable to deal with most professional boxers, never mind the undefeated and potentially greatest fighter on the planet yet when that bell rang Mcgregor can’t be faulted for the effort he provided. Winning the first three rounds and also landing more punches on Mayweather than Manny Pacquiao, the Irishman left Vegas with his reputation still intact.
The boxing purists slammed this fight as a circus but was it a foregone conclusion? When Floyd Mayweather faced Manny Pacquiao in 2015, many said it was the ‘fight of the century’ but was ultimately one sided. Now the fight is over many pessimistic fans looked at the fighters embracing after the TKO claiming it showed the fighters as nothing but actors however this is seen all too often in boxing today. Only the fighters can say if this feud was real or a brand exercise but we can all agree both men left the ring still as two of the best fighters in the world today.
Whether your alliances sided with Money Mayweather or The Notorious McGregor the fight has reportedly broke sales records across the world, though that depends on a fair few factors. There are ticket sales for people going to the fight, pay-per-view sales in the US, and the TV viewing rights across the rest of the world. All this can add up to a lot, with estimates for a total revenue of around $500 million!
This means the money up for grabs will be around £300 million, but how that is split between the fighters is kept very secret. Chances are it will be a 70/30 split towards Mayweather truly vindicating himself and his brand as “The Money Team