Floyd Mayweather-Conor McGregor super fight has great potential

Conor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather (Getty Images)
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Conor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather (Getty Images)

Terms for a potentially fascinating fight between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Conor McGregor have been reached according to a report from The Sun of London, England.

Talk of a boxing match between Mayweather, an undefeated pugilist with 49 wins and more than a dozen world titles, and McGregor, a 21-3 MMA champion who currently holds the UFC’s lightweight belt, has circulated for a while.

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Now it is going to happen according to The Sun, though the agreement hasn't been signed "because of a holdup involving a third party."

That could be the UFC, whose president Dana White has insisted his organization’s contract with McGregor won’t allow such a fight to happen.

If it does, the matchup could energize both sports – or turn into another spectacle high on glitz and low on action, like Mayweather’s much-hyped but mostly boring win over Manny Pacquiao two years ago.

On paper, the bout in a sense represents a return to the roots of MMA, where one of the great appeals (aside from the obvious: potentially seeing people beating each other up) was comparing divergent fighting styles live and in color.

For better or for worse, MMA’s move into the mainstream over the past decade has coincided with the sport evolving into one in which most fighters have similar styles if varying talents.

Everyone can has some wrestling skills, can box at least a little and has at least basic knowledge of Brazilian jiu-jitsu.

Meanwhile, boxing’s problems over the last couple of decades are well-documented.

Although it remains a multi-billion dollar industry able to stage lucrative pay-per-views, the Sweet Science’s hold on popular culture is nothing compared to what it was when champions such as Muhammad Ali, Joe Louis and Mike Tyson were considered the baddest men on the planet.

McGregor and Mayweather are both adept self-promotors and both stand above their sports to a certain degree, so the proposed mega fight could lead to all kinds of interesting subplots.

If it happens.