Floyd Mayweather training for Conor McGregor?Written by Joseph Herron
This past Thursday, August 25, Floyd "Money" Mayweather released a message on his Instagram account, which showed the self-proclaimed "TBE" working out in front of a healthy number of supporters:
"Hard Work & Dedication. How far are you willing to push yourself to get to the top and stay at the top?" Instagram video by Floyd Mayweather Aug 25, 2016 at 10:08pm UTC.
Should fight fans ascertain that a comeback and a historic 50th bout is inevitable for 2017? By releasing the video footage, was Mayweather trying to send a message to Canelo Alvarez or Gennady Golovkin, the two biggest active draws in boxing who will be competing in consecutive weeks in September, implying that he remains the most popular figure in boxing...even after almost an entire year of being absent from the ring?
Four months ago, the 39 year old boxing promoter told commentator Steve Farhood of Showtime Sports that the only fight which could bring him out of retirement was a big-money event with UFC superstar Conor McGregor. Although every sane member of the boxing community views the improbable pairing as a colossal mismatch, TMT strength and conditioning expert Alex Ariza believes an event pitting Mayweather and McGregor in the same ring could potentially match or exceed numbers and proceeds garnered by Mayweather vs. Pacquiao, the most lucrative event in boxing's history.
"I believe a Mayweather/McGregor match-up could sell the same if not more than Mayweather/Pacquiao," the fitness expert told ESNews on August 25. "I think it does astronomical numbers. You would be combining two worlds with their two biggest stars, and MMA is on such a fast track rise right now."
Ariza embraces the idea of fusing both very different products together for one historic event.
"I think it would be cool," admits the renowned and controversial conditioning coach. "To see those two sports blend together at that level would be great. It mixes things up, and there's nothing wrong with that. I think fans of both sports should embrace each other, because they're both exciting."
And while Alex believes the event would do extremely well, at the live gate and on PPV, he genuinely feels that May/Mac would indeed be a mismatch in the boxing ring.
"Slaughter...an absolute slaughter," insists Ariza. "Floyd Mayweather is a completely different different animal. That's like asking how Conor McGregor would do against Manny Pacquiao in 2011? Manny woud have just blazed him out, and run him over! It's a totally different sport."
"Just like if any boxer wants to get in the cage with Conor McGregor, they get taken apart just as fast, if not faster. MMA is a different world for a boxer, and vise versa. But if McGregor believes his boxing skills are that good, hey...I think it's a great event."
It was recently reported that the popular MMA striker will be out for six months, due to an injury sustained during UFC 202. Apparently McGregor has been placed on the Nevada State Athletic Commission's injury suspension list with a "foot/ankle fracture", and will more than likely be out of action for the remainder of 2016.
The TMT coach believes it sets the table for a massive showdown with "Money" Mayweather in 2017.
"That's perfect...it gives him enough time to prepare for a May fight with Floyd. I think Conor is game for a fight like that."
Is Floyd getting back in gym to prepare for a May 2017 comeback?