February 21, 2018

Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs. Conor McGregor: How are ticket sales shaping up?

24 August 2017, 10:36 | Randolph Howard

WBC President Mauricio Sulaiman holds up the WBC Money Belt during a news conference

WBC President Mauricio Sulaiman holds up the WBC Money Belt during a news conference

"I talked to you before and said that this fight wouldn't go the distance", he said. When the fight was booked, McGregor looked on with glee as fans taunted Mayweather over a highly publicized bill with the IRS.

That quote from the UFC champ spread like wildfire.

It's fair to say that Conor McGregor and Dana White have a somewhat special relationship.

It is the latest opulent addition to a fight which could earn $600m (£469m) and which will challenge the record of 4.6 million pay-per-view buys set when Mayweather defeated Manny Pacquiao in 2015.

That pitch has worked, too: A reported 95 percent of the money wagered in Las Vegas has come in on McGregor, making him a closer-then-it-should-be, plus-300 underdog as of Wednesday. I believe he'll be unconscious inside one round."McGregor and Mayweather passed each other after their separate introductions, with McGregor taunting the American with a shout of "Why didn't you want to face off?" - triggering a melee between their two entourages".

What does this fight mean to Mayweather's legacy?

And it's a bout Mayweather says he is taking very seriously, despite training at odd hours and holding meet-and-greets every night before the fight with fans who come to his strip club.

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McGregor mocked Mayweather for his gambling boast and speculated that the boxer's habit of posting winning casino tickets on social media was only part of the story.

"Thank you all for coming out to this fight, thanks for all the support". Without the proper endurance base of a world-class boxer, McGregor will be defenseless by the fourth round, open to anything Mayweather throws.

The winners, McGregor boasted, invest in businesses that earn a sound profit, like his own deal with luxury clothing maker David August.

While everyone has an opinion about how the bout might play out, straight-up wagering might not be the way to go on Saturday. Still, McGregor has devoted himself to boxing in recent weeks, bringing in former champ Paulie Malignaggi among his many sparring partners and recruiting Joe Cortez, the veteran boxing referee, to instruct him on the finer points of etiquette. "I enjoy it., I don't stop thinking about fighting, so, most certainly, when this one is done, I'll have about twenty seconds where I'll relish in victory, but then I'll be like 'who's next?', that's just the way I've always been".

Steven Muehlhausen is an MMA and boxing writer and contributor for Sporting News. "I'm gonna hit him with the right hand, I'm gonna hit him with the left hook". This man is not on my level.

McGregor replied: 'What you saying? His combination of speed and footwork, against a fighter who can't use most of his MMA weapons, likely will make for a typical Mayweather fight once the bells rings. "We're gonna see and youse are all gonna eat your words when I'm in there".

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