Put this in the thanks, but no thanks category.
Nothing has been officially announced yet, but the latest rumors seem to indicate Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Connor McGregor are very close to cutting a deal for a multi-million dollar rematch. And though we understand the money reasons behind it, the rest is more than a little iffy. It’s not like their first match was anything to write home about, despite becoming one of the highest pay-per-views in fighting history.
In case you’ve blocked it out, or worse, forgotten about it, considering how uneventful it really ended up being, the so-called Money Fight ended with Mayweather extending his professional boxing undefeated streak to 50 victories, after defeating McGregor by TKO in the 10th round. A lot of people tuned in, and both boxers took home a lot of money, but despite the hoopla surrounding the match, the fight, which started with a strong McGregor and Mayweather relying heavily on the rope-a-dope technique, saw the Irishman get tired fast until the referee called the fight in Round 10.
Basically, what everyone expected would happen, considering McGregor didn’t have any real boxing experience and UFC fights don’t last nearly as long as boxing matches. But hey, at least the fight wasn’t a total disaster, so there’s that. Which is probably how we find ourselves about to get more of this mess.
Five years later, the only thing these two can truly bring to a rematch is empty hype and more of the same performance. Though even that might be too much to ask, if we’re being honest. Mayweather and McGregor are no more evenly matched than they were during their first fight, but they are both five years older -- Floyd Mayweather Jr. is 45 years old to Connor McGregor’s 34. And though Mayweather fans might argue he was 40 last time, why should 45 be different, the strategy of outlasting your opponent might just prove harder for the undefeated champion this time around.
And though yes, the match would surely bring in a lot of money for both, it’s not like they’re starving for cash. Mayweather’s net worth is estimated at around 460 million, while McGregor was ranked as the world’s highest-paid athlete by Forbes in 2021, earning a reported 180 million. If anything, Mayweather might be starving for some good publicity, something that’s been hard to come by for an athlete that’s better known for being a domestic abuser than being a great boxer.
So, even though no one’s really asking our opinion, we’ll pass on this one, and we hope they do too. Mayweather deserves to be talked about as an abuser first and foremost and McGregor, well, he certainly doesn’t need this rematch to be remembered as a top athlete.