Boxing officials considering a unique belt for the Conor McGregor vs Floyd Mayweather fight
The blockbuster fight between undefeated boxing star Floyd Mayweather and UFC champion Conor McGregor was finally made official last week.
The Mayweather vs McGregor bout will take place August 26 live from the new T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
The stakes for the highly anticipated scrap could now become even greater, as WBC President Mauricio Sulaiman is considering making a one-off belt for the mega fight.
In an interview with ESPN Sulaiman was asked if the WBC Diamond belt, an honorary championship awarded to the winner of a historic fight between two elite boxers, could be on the line for the Mayweather vs McGregor showdown.
“Maybe, I don’t know. I’m not against it. Of course this is a WBC board decision but we have to celebrate that boxing is having world attention regardless.”
While Mauricio Sulaiman won’t call the Mayweather vs McGregor as super-fight a mismatch, he doesn’t believe that the Irish star stands much of a chance against the undefeated boxing legend.
“It’s hard to say if it’s a mismatch,” Sulaiman told ESPN.
“I personally don’t see a way that Mayweather can lose to McGregor because it’s in boxing and you are talking about Floyd Mayweather, the greatest tactical fighter who has intelligence and speed.”
“If Mayweather was a confronting head to head fighter, it depends upon the strength and power, and McGregor brings strength and power. But I don’t see him bringing boxing ability that counter acts Mayweather.”
Sulaiman told ESPN that he doesn’t believe that the McGregor vs Mayweather fight will end up having a negative impact on the sport of boxing.
“Not at all, especially not for boxing,” Sulaiman told ESPN.
“The UFC has been claiming that it is overpowering boxing and diminishing the value of boxing.”
“August 26 is going to show how a boxer in boxing is very much dominant over any UFC fighter. If it was in the cage I couldn’t say.
“McGregor has been successful in MMA but in boxing rules it’s going to be a very difficult challenge for him.”
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