The Money Belt: What Mayweather and McGregor are fighting for

Mayweather Promotions CEO Leonard Ellerbe credited social media's role in getting this fight set up.

"I've been with my team my whole life, they know every shot I throw, they know my moods, they know everything".

And when asked what was next, the MMA star vowed to continue boxing, and maybe even create his own "hybrid of an octagon and a boxing ring" where others can challege "The King". I'm an active fighter. The prevailing theory is that McGregor wins the power battle, but there's more than one fighter with power in this, the most unusual of fights. "After 21 years I've been hit with everything, and I'm still right here". "That's being straight. Looking at it on 'All Access, ' I'd say the place stinks".

McGregor also made the case that the Nevada State Athletic Commission's decision to allow them to use eight-ounce gloves instead of the standard 10-ounce gloves for fights over 147 pounds - this one is at a maximum of 154 pounds - was to his advantage. However, what's interesting is that he's clearly thought this through. "I know that I'm in for a tough fight", said the 40-year-old Mayweather, who is trying to become the first boxer to go 50-0 as a professional. If he ends up winning this fight, then he could take serious strides to try to bring the two sports together.

"I don't think you should be covering (inside) the arena that night talking that kind of talk", Mayweather Sr. told Sporting News. "I'm certainly going to win, I know that". We have a major, powerful deal that you will see forever. He's a fighter. It's going to be blood, sweat and tears on Saturday.

Millions more will be watching worldwide on Saturday night as fans will find a variety of ways to tune in to the bout.

"And if you give it, you must be able to take it".

Some people question why Mayweather would come out of retirement nearly two years after his last fight to take on a guy only known for his accomplishments inside the MMA octagon. This overly decadent, jewel-encrusted creation will be the eventual victor's grotesque trophy and it's probably worth more than you or I will make in a lifetime.

"I don't care about that", the UFC lightweight champ said.

The Irish bookmaker made the $320,000 payout this morning, despite more than 80% of its customers backing McGregor.

"Thanks so much everybody, I'm going to (expletive) this boy up", said McGregor.

McGregor, meanwhile, promised to stick to boxing amid concerns that he will change back to his natural MMA style if his chips are down.

McGregor, 29, will earn a reported $140m in his boxing debut, prompting speculation future UFC pay days might not keep him with the organisation.

  • Julie Sanders