McGregor's fan base is driving this fight, united in their fervent hope that the Irish UFC champion can muscle Mayweather around the ring and deliver knockout punches to his head. "I know what it takes in a fight of this magnitude". But when asked about that possibility Thursday night, UFC president Dana White didn't sound so sure according to ESPN's Brett Okamoto. He'll wear them during warmups Saturday night when the Bucs take on the Cleveland Browns in their third preseason game. If the fight does bring in more than $500 million, Mayweather should get a cut of over $300 million while McGregor will likely get about $150 million.
Since then, most of the hype has been angled at putting forth the notion McGregor has a chance.
On Saturday at the T-Mobile Arena, the Irishman will earn the biggest purse of his career - a reported minimum of £59million - when against Floyd Mayweather he makes his professional debut.
Mayweather, a 12-times world champion over five weight divisions who traditionally fights defensive battles, is also calling for a knockout, something he has not done since stopping Victor Ortiz almost six years ago. "It's going to make a lot of money and boxing is a business".
"I'm always thinking about fighting", McGregor told CNN. The Cotto-Kamegai match could end, however, before the Mayweather-McGregor fight starts. Even those who have blasted this fight, won't be able to help themselves.
"He looks like dog [expletive]", McGregor said. He's 40 years old, he hasn't fought for two years, and there are reports of him not being that interested in training.More news: The PGA Championship Is Moving To May
"I was going to go to a friend's house and then it turns out he was going to be out of town", Haas said.
Mayweather: "I don't care if it's a ring or it's an octagon, I will kick ass".
"I will go forward and put the pressure on and break this old man", said McGregor. "That's the worst shape I've ever seen him in", bellowed McGregor. "I don't know - it never worked before - but I guess if I had to pick, I would do it".
"If [McGregor] thinks he's going to walk down Floyd Mayweather, his face will pay an awfully steep price for that attitude". The four-fight Mayweather-McGregor telecast is scheduled to begin at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT.
"The fans can't fight for you".
"It won't go the distance, mark my words. The state receives 8 percent of the gross revenue from every ticket sold at a boxing event in Nevada, and the commission gets 25 percent of that amount".