Throughout the course of 2017, boxing icon Floyd Mayweather and UFC star Conor McGregor have continued to be linked to a boxing match. While conflicting reports have continued to emerge on the matter, McGregor recently informed media members at a boxing event at the Madison Square Garden that a fight was “very close” to being finalized.
Bellator MMA President Scott Coker spoke to MMAFighting about the potential groundbreaking showdown:
“It’s been built up so much, I want to see it,” Coker said. “To me it’s like, I’m the first guy to buy tickets. I’d love to be there. Wouldn’t that be great? I would love to go, because, look, Conor is special. He’s done a lot of great things athletically, but man, he can just talk and talk and talk and talk. And I love that. I love characters.
“I love fighters who become characters, like Chael (Sonnen), or different guys. I love that, and to me, it goes back to my Japanese roots and being at Dynamite and seeing (Antonio Rodrigo) Nogueira fight Bob Sapp. Tell me that wasn’t the first fun fight, right? And to me, it’s like, these guys become characters, and Conor’s become this bigger than life guy. To me, why wouldn’t I want to see it?”
“Listen, when two guys are throwing down, you never know,” Coker said. “Some people said, ‘hey, this is like celebrity boxing, this is like a sparring session for Mayweather.’ And to Mayweather’s credit, he’s super hard to hit. Manny Pacquiao couldn’t hit him. People have a hard time hitting him, but all it takes it one or two punches, man. It could change the whole game. So, to me, I hope that fight happens and I hope they get through all the legal or all the political stuff and make it happen, because they’ll get my $99.”
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This article first appeared on BJPenn.com on 4/1/2017.