When it comes to his fight against Floyd Mayweather, Conor McGregor made two guarantees. The first one he made back in July in Los Angeles during the first of four stops, on their promotional tour when he told the 20,000 plus fans in attendance, and everyone else watching on TV, that he would KO Mayweather inside of four rounds.
Then in an interview earlier this week, McGregor made a second guarantee, this time involving his personal payday for the fight when all is said and done. Speaking to MMA Fighting, McGregor said he will come away from the fight with over $100 million: “I will clear the $100 million mark. 100%.”
The fight takes place on Aug. 26, 2017, in Las Vegas and everyone involved is hoping that it will surpass the pay-per-view buy-record of 4.6 million set by the Mayweather v. Manny Pacquiao fight from back in May 2015. However, while others are hoping it breaks the record, McGregor has no doubt that it will do so.
“If it clears Pacquiao numbers, which it will, which in my mind it already has, it will be $100 million," says McGregor. "Factor the gates, factor the merchandise sales, factor all the pies that I have my hand in. I will clear the $100 million mark.”
McGregor sure doesn’t lack for confidence in everything he does, but the big event hasn’t sold out yet despite all the hype and promoting that has been going on pretty much daily since the fight was announced. Which could be a reason why we recently saw a little change in promo-style from McGregor’s opponent.
Rather than continue to talk trash about McGregor and tell the world how he is going to defeat him, Mayweather took a different approach in a recent interview he did with ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith – pointing out McGregor’s advantages over him and how, at least on paper, the fight actually leans towards the UFC fighter.
“He's a lot younger. When you look at myself and Conor McGregor on paper, he's taller, has a longer reach, he's a bigger man from top to bottom. He's a lot younger, so youth is on his side...And I've been off a couple of years. And I'm in my 40s," said Mayweather. "So, if you look at everything on paper, it leans toward Conor McGregor.”
Whether McGregor actually eclipses the $100 million mark or not, this fight will still bring him his biggest payday ever, and it isn’t even close.
Up until now, McGregor’s highest payday came at UFC 202 for his rematch fight against Nate Diaz - which paid him a purse of $3 million.