Why the Mayweather McGregor fight is big money

Jul 14, 2017; London, United Kingdom;  Conor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather face off during a world tour press conference to promote the upcoming Mayweather vs McGregor boxing fight at SSE Arena. Mandatory Credit: Steve Flynn-USA TODAY Sports

Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor really is “the money fight.”

Both fighters have made it clear they agreed to Saturday’s bout for one reason: the purse.

It’s going to be quite large. A huge number of people are expected to tune in to watch, many for the sheer spectacle of seeing an MMA fighter go up against a boxer.

Industry experts have speculated that the fight could surpass $500 million, which was a record set by the Mayweather vs. Pacquiao fight in 2015.

“This is like in ‘Rocky 3’ when he fights Hulk Hogan,” said Jesse Lawrence, founder of TicketIQ. “It’s an interspecies struggle. This is an exhibition.”

Lawrence said said he expects the overall gross revenue for the fight will likely exceed the Pacquiao fight because of its unique pairing.

Mayweather came out of retirement for Saturday’s big event. McGregor crossed over from MMA, and stands to make more money than ever before in his career. If the fight does bring in more than $500 million, Mayweather should get a cut of over $300 million while McGregor will likely get about $150 million.

The fight is expected to be a major spectacle between two outspoken characters whose polarizing personalities have created ardent fans and passionate haters.

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