Floyd Mayweather vs Conor McGregor: "Don't do it, Floyd"
This Saturday night, UFC Featherweight champion Conor McGregor will be challenging Nate Diaz once again in an attempt to rectify a disappointing stoppage loss by way of a rear naked choke which took place earlier this year on March 5.
Although the popular Irish fighter has his sights currently set on revenge in this weekend's UFC 202, the highly anticipated rematch couldn't keep McGregor from talking about a potential fight in the squared circle with Floyd Mayweather Jr.
"Right now I have Floyd running around the Showtime offices gathering my money, that's what he's doing," McGregor recently told Bleacher Report. "He's running around the Showtime offices begging those executives to come up with a $100 million cash to fight me. As soon as he gets my money, we can fight."
Although the unusual pairing would be the most lucrative match-up that could be made in sports at this time, ESPN's Stephen A. Smith believes the former pound for pound king of boxing shouldn't take the bait of another 9 figure payday opposite Conor McGregor.
"I don't think Floyd should consider it, because he's the best pound for pound fighter on the planet, and I don't think people who aren't in your class deserve the right to step in the ring with you," argued Smith on ESPN's "First Take". "Just like I don't think Floyd has the right to step in the octagon with Conor McGregor."
"...Inside the boxing ring, Floyd Mayweather would pick him apart and embarrass him...and I really don't think Conor would even touch him. Conor got touched by Nate Diaz...and Nate would miss Floyd by a mile."
The often loud and abrasive sports commentator recognizes the difference in MMA and Boxing and realizes that Conor would be at a severe disadvantage in the ring against the best defensive fighter of this era, Money Mayweather.
"Look, I've got nothing but respect for the athletes in the UFC, but it's a different sport. Have you seen the punches that they throw? Floyd would duck a punch, look at Max from ringside, and say, 'pass me a cheeseburger', take a bite out of it and come back up before Nate Diaz had a chance to swing again."
"It's that slow compared to someone like Floyd in a boxing ring."
Despite noticing a huge disparity in skill and speed when sizing up the two athletes, Stephen A. still doesn't like the idea of a traditional boxer/puncher going toe to toe with a dangerous fighter like McGregor, who has grown accustomed to using mixed combat disciplines in the octagon. The Philly based sports reporter believes Conor could get "lucky" and hurt the self proclaimed "TBE".
"I'm adamant that Floyd should not consider getting in the ring with Conor McGregor because anyone can get lucky in a prizefight," claims Stephen A. Smith. "I don't care who you are, anybody can get caught once. Anybody can get lucky."
"For all we know, Conor just out of habit might knee him. I mean, we just don't know."
"In my opinion, it's just not worth it."
Although the potential Mayweather vs McGregor prizefight is largely viewed as a mismatch in either the squared circle or the octagon, Smith argues that the attraction would be the most hyped event in sports because of the projected banter both men would create during the build-up of the event.
"The only reason why we would even talk about it, is because it would be the most hyped fight you could ever imagine. Outside of Muhammad Ali, I can't think of two better talkers on the planet. That would be the primary attraction...very rarely, if not at all, have we ever seen two guys fighting one another that would bring so much hype because of their mouths."
"But in the end, it's a disservice and an insult to boxing fans everywhere, for Conor McGregor to think that he could walk into the ring against Floyd 'Money' Mayweather. I don't know if Conor would even be able to connect with a punch."
"The man has already made almost a billion dollars...how much is enough, Floyd? Don't do it!"