Could the dream fight with Floyd and Conor actually happen?
Last week, Conor McGregor continued to build publicity around his brand and UFC, with announcing he had received an official boxing license for the state of California. Over the summer, he and Floyd Mayweather were exchanging verbal threats for their respective sports.
However, The Money Team quietly put together plans of presenting UFC President Dana White with a potential fight against McGregor –
allegedly. The proposal was soon turned down, when facing pressure for a post-retirement fight with Floyd, as both brands continued to exchange words.
Following the announcement from Conor, Mayweather Promotions CEO, Leonard Ellerbe shot down the idea of a fight between the two athletes. Take a look below at his comments on how the fighting Irish will never step into a boxing ring with his long-time friend.
“It’s all a game. It’s all a calculated effort to gain more fans. He got a boxing license. Congratulations to him. Conor McGregor can say anything he wants to but he has a boss and his name is Dana White. He is under contract to the UFC and if he wanted to fight Floyd Mayweather in a boxing match he can’t because his bosses wouldn’t allow that to happen. The brass new owners WME-IMG who recently purchased the UFC 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. Call it was it is — it’s a black-and-white issue.
The reason why it generates so much attention is because it’s a black-and-white issue. If we’re talking about Floyd against Anderson Silva, when he was No. 1, we wouldn’t be having this kind of conversation. At the end of the day, he’s under contract with the UFC. He’s told what to do. He’s an employee. He’s done a masterful con job to try to trick people that he could actually pull this off. It’s another creative way to create more interest. Nobody is mad but it’s a con job trying to make people think this is real and even mentioning him and TBE in the same breath is disrespectful, completely disrespectful. Isn’t this the same guy who tapped out three fights ago? The con game is over.
Go out there and worry about dominating the UFC because three fights ago he lost, he was quitting. You couldn’t even mention the word quit with Floyd Mayweather. And, like I said, (McGregor) can’t do anything without the UFC’s approval. There’s no way (WME-IMG) spent all that money so they can get their biggest star killed. It would never happen. If they want to get him killed put him in there in a boxing match.”