Conor McGregor says he is retiring from fighting yet again, but Floyd Mayweather is apparently ready and waiting if he returns.
So, would you pay for a McGregor vs Mayweather rematch? Sports Illustrated host Robin Lundberg asked writer Ben Pickman and "The Fantasy Exec" Corey Parson for their takes on whether a rematch between the boxing legend and the UFC great would be worthing dropping dollars on.
Robin Lundberg: UFC star Conor McGregor has said he's retiring from fighting again, but that didn't stop Floyd Mayweather from posting a message to him saying, if you're going to come back, I'm ready for you. For more, I'm joined by our Corey Parson the fantasy executive and Ben Pickman. Now, guys, this brings to mind a possible rematch. Would you pay to see Mayweather-McGregor part two? Corey, let's start with you.
Corey Parson: Of course, I would pay to see Mayweather McGregor part two. You know what? Let's be honest. Dana White has done a good job with the UFC, seeing what he's doing right now, getting all that attention and all that spotlight. And yes, his biggest star is Conor McGregor. He comes in the ring with that crazy walk, he has all that swag, he's a great trash talker. That show that him nad Floyd Mayweather put on a couple of years ago. That was amazing. I think we need more of that right now. Boxing brings the entertainment aspect to itself. You talk about the great fights of the past. Frank Lucas at Madison Square Garden with the mink hat on. So, of course, an action like this, something like this, would be needed and the second coming of Mayweather-McGregor would be excellent for sport.
Robin Lundberg: What about you, Ben? Because we know the outcome is a formality, right? I mean, it may have been interesting the first time around, but you're talking about one of the best boxers who ever lived in there with a novice. Not as a fighter, but as a boxer.
Ben Pickman: Right. I mean, late Saturday night, early Sunday morning, when McGregor retired from MMA for the third time in four years, he told ESPN that MMA no longer excites him and that he's bored by the prospect, right? And that's kind of how I feel about this Mayweather-McGregor fight or the chance of a second fight between the two. It doesn't excite me and it would kind of bore me. I mean, I didn't pay for the first fight. I'm not really a particularly big fan of either of these two in the ring, the banter out of the ring. And so I don't think I would pay for this fight. I don't know if I would watch particularly. If we're looking for bigger numbers or bigger escapes. I'll turn more to the NBA or the NFL or college football more than seeing these two in action.
Robin Lundberg: I like the broaching McGregor retiring so many times. But I have to admit, if it were to be signed, I'd be interested when the fight came around. I'm just curious how it would be different from the first time.