The talk of a Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor bout have heated up. In fact, it has kicked up several notches this week.
Mayweather himself brought the topic back to the discussion table during an appearance at ESPN’s First Take on Wednesday:
— First Take (@FirstTake) January 11, 2017
Mayweather claimed that they tried to make the McGregor fight, offering the UFC two-division champion $15M plus a share of the PPV. Of course, the PPV share would’ve been the “back end” as Money called it because he (as always) is the ‘A-side’ to any negotiation.
It didn’t take long for McGregor to respond. The Notorious One’s reply was short but it was epic:
— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) January 11, 2017
McGregor’s tweet was an image of him holding up his two UFC belts and a WBC belt wrapped around his waist. A fallen Mayweather lies in front of him and McGregor captioned the tweet: “Call me C.J. Watson.”
Watson, for those who don’t know, is the NBA point guard who in the past Mayweather accused of sleeping with the mother of his three children. Mayweather was later convicted of domestic violence towards the woman, Jose Harris, and subsequently sentenced to two months in prison. Now that was below the belt, and quite interesting. But that’s not our story.
On Friday, UFC President Dana White appeared on The Herd and took shots at Mayweather’s statements. He then went on to make a “real” offer to boxing’s Money man:
“I’ll tell you what, Floyd. Here’s a real offer, and I’m the guy. I’m the guy that could actually make the offer and I’m actually making a real offer. We’ll pay you $25 million, we’ll pay Conor $25 million and then we’ll talk about pay-per-view at a certain number. There’s a real offer.”
TMZ Sports then caught up with Mayweather later that day and asked him about White’s offer. Mayweather scoffed at the UFC President’s offer:
Aside from calling White a “f_ comedian,” Mayweather also pointed to the watch he was wearing and said:
“Look at my watch I bought, look at that Hublot. Get that Hublot. You know how much that cost? Look it up.”
So we looked it up.
Mayweather was wearing a Hublot Laferrari super watch which is estimated to cost at around $300K. The exclusive timepiece is only one of 50 made by the watchmaker, making it more exclusive than the LaFerrari car itself which has 499 units. If you want to know it’s specs, you can look it up. But that wasn’t Floyd’s point.
After beating Nate Diaz at UFC 202, McGregor posted a photo of his brand new Rolls Royce:
The Rolls Royce Dawn starts at around $350K but most orders run to $400K. The Rolls Royce Dawn is one of the latest in McGregor’s growing collection of cars. The Irishman was also gifted a £280,000 (est. $341K) car by Rolls Royce prior to his UFC 205 bout with Eddie Alvarez.
So enough about cars; let’s go back to Floyd vs Conor.
Mayweather Jr. also said it was ridiculous for McGregor to be demanding $20-$30M, much more $100M when he never made $8 or $9M in a single fight. On the other hand, Mayweather has earned an average of $30M since 2012 and even pocketed a whopping $220M during his May 2015 bout with Manny Pacquiao.
So what’s Floyd’s point with the watch?
Well maybe it’s that he wears McGregor’s cars on his wrist so to speak. Because his Hublot watch costs almost the same as McGregor’s Rolls Royce. Some comparison there.