It has been claimed this week that UFC featherweight champion Conor McGregor will lace up the boxing gloves for the first time in his career as he has been chosen as Floyd Mayweather's 50th opponent this coming September.
Mayweather improved his unbeaten record to 49-0 last September through a one-sided victory over former world champion Andre Berto.
Since then, boxing fans have been urging the self-proclaimed 'money' to lace the gloves up once more and secure the undefeated record of 50-0. Mayweather currently shares the perfect 49-0 record by a world champion with former Heavyweight Rocky Marciano.
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Although Mayweather has always highlighted his respect for Marciano, the record is something he does not put much emphasis on. He has always stated the great Julio Julio César Chávez went 89 fights undefeated.
Recently, however, Mayweather has stated his desire to get back in the ring in what he believes would be the only fight to financially eclipse his fight with Manny Pacquiao: a showdown with UFC star Conor McGregor.
McGregor was last seen inside the octagon losing to Nate Diaz via submission. The size was the main issue in that fight as it was obvious McGregor 'blew' up two weight divisions after fading midway through the second round.
The potential fight with Mayweather will be at a more natural weight as Mayweather has recently campaigned mainly at the 147 lbs limit.
He has stated that the only fight that would tempt him out of retirement is a showdown with McGregor who he believes would cope in the boxing ring as his best performances have come from an upright stance, in contrast to the traditional mixed martial arts ground work.
It will be a daunting task for McGregor to enter the boxing ring having never had a boxing fight in the pro ranks. To challenge arguably the greatest defensive fighter the sport has ever seen, could end up horribly wrong for the Irishman.
Although McGregor's greatest asset is the power he can generate through his left hand, it is widely believed the power would not affect Mayweather. A boxer like Mayweather would slip and block the punches as McGregor would not be able to adapt to the speed needed within a boxing ring compared to the octagon.
An all out attack would fall short too, as Mayweather would use his footwork to both get out of range and counter McGregor who simply could not match the boxer skill wise.
Many believe the financial side of this fight is what is tempting the Irishman into the ring. He is no doubt a big draw and, combine both men's PPV takings, you can envisage a blockbuster event.
However, it will take some credibility away from McGregor if he swaps the octagon in search for a 'payday', something he does not particularly need at this stage of his career.
He is the face of the UFC and can generate millions with potential rematches with, Diaz, Aldo and the proposed fight with lightweight champion, Rafael Dos Anjos; a fight which previously fell through.
His skill set lies within the octagon and there is huge risk involved in swapping a combat style so late in a career. Mayweather would catch McGregor with ease and punch at will if they were to meet, something that could have a long last effect on the Irish man and that is why he should stick to what he has been doing for all these years instead of following the money.