So yeah, this thing just won’t die.
Over the last few weeks, there have been rumblings of a possible Mayweather-McGregor match-up going around, building more and more momentum as the days go by. With Mayweather and McGregor both stating that they would love the fight to happen. With the buzz of this hypothetical match-up getting attention from nearly every sports media outlet, it’s hard for the noise to die down. Even as unrealistic as the bout seems, over time more and more angles keep leaving a foot in the door of this supposed fight.
Monday Morning, that angle came in the form of immediate boot stomp to the center of this door as Colin Cowherd, on his podcast “The Herd” which airs on Fox Sports said that the fight is going to happen in mid-September in Las Vegas, Nevada. Also noting that the fight would be announced in a couple of weeks. Colin claimed knowledge of this news from multiple sources.
“News I believe is gonna break here in about 2 weeks…I have already booked two rooms, September 17th and 18th in Las Vegas. My intel is Conor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather is going to happen. It changed late last week. I got a call then somebody else sent me something [Sunday] and Saturday. We’ve booked rooms in Vegas. [It’s happening] this September.”
This is easily the most interesting new bit of information surrounding this fight. that has come out so far that, as stated prior, has breathed new life into this possible match-up. While not a breaking news reporter, Cowherd has worked in sports media a long while. Long enough to definitely have certain connections, as well as being an employee for Fox who is deeply integrated with the UFC. So to claim that multiple sources have given him this bit of hectic news is conceivably plausible. Up til this point, the voices sure that the fight was going to happen have been from Mayweather and McGregor themselves. Colin is also the first reporter to suggest an actual date that we can point to for this fight. Cowherd went on to discuss what may have lead to the actuality of this bout:
“Mayweather did have a very bad last pay per view gate. 550,000 people, he tries to get 2 to 3 million. So I think this is the most profitable fight for CBS and Mayweather. CBS has been working with Mayweather for years. That’s why his fights are on Showtime, because CBS owns Showtime. So Les Moonves [President and CEO of CBS] and the CBS peeps have decided, ‘let’s talk to the Fox – UFC peeps’ and you’ve got Fox and CBS, you’ve got UFC, you’ve got boxing, you’ve got Floyd, you’ve got Conor. It’s gonna make a lot of money for people.”
Well that’d be nice. To get a combined promotional push from CBS, Fox, Showtime, the UFC, Mayweather and McGregor would be not only phenomenal but unparalleled. With all these parties together pushing this fight, it could conceivably pull the biggest pay per view buys in combat sports history. However to get that many different promotional parties to agree the many various particulars that go into a Boxing fight these days seems highly unlikely still. Many big time Boxing fights in today’s time take quite awhile to formulate due to the many politics in creating the terms both sides can agree on. Hell, it took Mayweather-Pacquiao five years to happen. So for all these parties to have come together and agree on all terms in such a short time span seems highly implausible.
“I don’t think it’s going to be a good fight but it’s an event. Nik Wallenda, in Chicago, did a tightrope walk between condos and a parking garage. I watched. I don’t care about balance I don’t care about – that part of Chicago doesn’t interest me. It’s not Lake Shore Drive, it’s not one of my favorite lounges. I watched a guy walk across a tightrope on a windy night in Chicago. And I’m like, ‘this is fascinating.’ …
Should this miraculous fight happen however, it would certainly be one of the greatest combat sport spectacles we’ll undoubtedly ever see in our lifetime.