On Wednesday night, it was reported that UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor was granted a boxing license from the California State Athletic Commission.
Of course, that immediately led to some speculation about a potential superfight between the brash Irishman and undefeated boxing star Floyd Mayweather Jr. Mayweather Promotions CEO Leonard Ellerbe put an end to that speculation almost immediately, however.
“What McGregor is attempting to do is take a page out of Floyd’s book from the marketing and promotional side by using his name,” Ellerbe told ESPN. “The quickest way to become famous is to align yourself with another famous person, and he’s done a good job of that.
“The brass [from WME-IMG] who recently purchased the UFC [for $4 billion earlier this year] are very smart people and they would never—and put this in bold caps—let him step into a boxing ring with Floyd Mayweather because everyone knows what the outcome would be. He would get his ass beat from pillar to post.”
But let’s just say for a moment that the bout was to get scheduled in the future.
Who would win the hypothetical matchup?
There is an overwhelming belief that McGregor would be over his head against one of the best defensive boxers of all-time, and on Thursday afternoon the folks in Las Vegas echoed the popular sentiment.
The Westgate Las Vegas Sportsbook placed odds on the hypothetical bout and Mayweather is listed as an overwhelming favorite.
This means you would need to bet $2,500 just to win $100 on a Mayweather win. Meanwhile, a $100 bet on McGregor would win you $1,100. You can be certain some Irish fans would be willing to take that chance.
Who do you think would win a hypothetical meeting between the two combat sports stars? Sound off in the comments section below with your thoughts and predictions.