Floyd Mayweather has said he’d be willing to fight Conor McGregor in the Octagon, after they throw hands this Saturday, but Dan Hardy doesn’t think a MMA fight between the two would be much of a draw.
Since Mayweather and McGregor were booked to box on August 26th, the latter has repeatedly warned the undefeated boxer that he would cruise through him in a MMA fight. Mayweather has countered by saying he’s up for a MMA fight, although, few, if anyone, is buying that…
This aside, what if Mayweather was serious, and he was willing to fight McGregor in the UFC? Would it be a huge deal? Like this Saturday’s boxing match is expected to be? Well, recently Hardy spoke to MMA Junkie, and he had this to say about that very question:
“There is a question of what would happen if we take an MMA fighter and put him in with one of the best boxers of all time,” Hardy said. “That’s the argument in and of itself, because millions of people will buy pay-per-views to see that question be asked and answered. That wouldn’t happen if Floyd Mayweather crossed over into MMA.”
The British fighter and analyst has a point here. Even most casual, combat sports fans understand these days that most boxers aren’t prepared to face well rounded, mixed-martial-artists. Further, as Hardy also alluded to in the interview, we’ve seen that before, when James Toney came to the UFC to face Randy Couture:
“We don’t need to see Floyd step into the Octagon and get James Toney-ed, to know that’s exactly what would happen. It’s a foregone conclusion and not even up for question. The only reason people would tune into that is for the satisfaction of seeing Floyd getting his little head squeezed off.”
All this said, f this Saturday’s bout was with MMA rules, it would still be a pretty massive fight. It just likely wouldn’t be a contender for pay-per-view or box office records.
Mayweather and McGregor are going to face off at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.