Mayweather, McGregor Smack Talk – July 11th at approximately 5:20pm, Conor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather squared off in Los Angeles for the first time ever. In what will be a 4 city press tour, also including stops in Toronto, Brooklyn and London, this historic fight and media tour kicked off to a heavy pro-McGregor crowd. The two combat sports athletes will meet August 26th in Las Vegas on an all boxing card.

Mayweather, McGregor Smack Talk

Mayweather, McGregor Smack Talk

Conor’s Motivation – Mayweather, McGregor Smack Talk

Conor McGregor (21-3, 18 KO/TKO) will be making his professional boxing debut, in what most combat sport experts are calling a lopsided match, and not in his favor. His opponent, Floyd Mayweather (49-0, 26 KO/TKO), publicly announced on March 7th, 2017, that he would come out of retirement to negotiate the fight with McGregor and his camp. After public verbal jabs from both figters, the fight was announced as official on June 14th.

While many questioned the legitimacy of the scheduled bout, fighter motivation was also discussed throughout the MMA and boxing world. In line for his largest payday, it’s estimated that McGregor will make $100 million before live gate and ppv buys. His detractors have argued this was Conor’s only motivation and, thus, have speculated that he will not be returning to the octagon and the UFC. His coaching team and, in particular, John Kavanaugh, have publicly stated that money has not been, in the past, and is not now, a motivational factor for fighting, but that he continues building on his legacy in combat sports as one of the pound-for-pound all-time greats.

Floyd’s Motivation – Mayweather, McGregor Smack Talk

Floyd Mayweather titled himself “Money Mayweather” and created a lifestyle brand with TMT, the acronym for The Money Team. It’s hard to argue against Floyd’s motivation from money. Quite often, he speaks about large paydays from boxing matches and even flashes checks displaying the large payouts. But Mayweather has multiple levels to his legacy, aside from the money made during his career. He’s held a title in 5 different weight classes, held at least one title and successfully defended it for 18 consecutive years, 26-0 in title fights, 24-0 against title holders, 10 knockouts of those same 24 fighters, with 2 of the very same group being members of the International Boxing Hall-of-Fame. With a record of 49-0, he’s tied with the legendary boxing great Rocky Marciano.

So what’s his motivation for this fight and why did he come out of retirement? Is it to reach 50 victories with no defeats and surpass Marciano? Already considered by many to be one of the pound-for-pound all-time boxing greats, could it be for one last record-setting payday? I suspect that to be the case, but with an ulterior motive tied in. It was just recently made public that Mayweather owes the IRS roughly $22 million for his fights from June 1st, 2014 to June 1st, 2015. A slight over-sight maybe in the grand ole’ picture of $300 miilion. McGregor referred to him as the Tax Man at their recent inaugural press conference of a 4-city tour. It’s estimated that his initial take home will be $150 million, of which greater than half that will go to the IRS. Is he feeling the squeeze from IRS?

The Low-Down – Mayweather, McGregor Smack Talk

Money Mayweather is a high-profile celebrity with a high-profile spending habit. So ….. is this the real motivation? Is this what made him come out of retirement? How will it affect his focus in camp and the fight, if at all? I believe it will, but to what degree is anybody’s guess. He’s proven before that he can handle the pressure. So has McGregor, for that matter. August 26th can’t come soon enough. Somebody will have a “1” on their record. By the way, the IRS is undefeated. See you ringside.

Mayweather, McGregor Smack Talk