McGregor stated during his recent pay-per-view interview that the fight with Mayweather is the only bout that he has on his radar.
UFC commentator Joe Rogan was joined by “serial entrepreneur, CEO, investor, author, public speaker, and internet personality,” Gary Vaynerchuk recently on the Joe Rogan Experience podcast and the two dove into the McGregor vs. Mayweather topic.
Vaynerchuk asked, “How much do you think the pay-per-view of McGregor vs. Mayweather is going to be? It’s not a debate anymore. It’s 100 percent going to happen.”
Rogan was less confident saying, “Well I would say, if you looked at it in terms of a zero percent chance to a 100 percent chance, I think we’re in the 70’s. I think we’re in the 70’s or 80’s.”
Vaynerchuk then agreed with Rogan’s estimate of the fight coming together at a 70-80 percent chance of happening.
“Now, McGregor has publicly stated that he believes because the ‘Ali Act,’ he can compete in boxing and not do it with the UFC but he wants everything to be smooth so he’d rather have the UFC involved,” Rogan said. “But, he also wants the UFC to recognize what he says is ‘their place.’ So there’s Mayweather Productions, the UFC, and McGregor Productions, promotions rather.
“So this is what he is stating now. He’s going to be a partner in the promotion, so there’s going to be some sort of negotiation on how things are split up in three ways and then the question becomes, can they work that out?”
Rogan then went on to state that the UFC will then have to look at if the fight will be competitive and what kind of affect it will have on their brand.
Vaynerchuk commented, “I think that what is going to happen is that the economics are going to be so big that it’s going to override the brand play. The math is just gonna be too big.”
Rogan goes on to add that McGregor could bring in the same amount of pay-per-view buys that the Mayweather fight would bring in with a few more fights in the UFC. However, Vaynerchuk says that there is no fight in MMA that could make him as big of a star with a win over Mayweather.
What are your thoughts on this potential Conor McGregor vs. Floyd Mayweather fight? Sound off in the comment section!
This article first appeared on BJPENN.COM on 2/7/2017.