In 2017, Floyd Mayweather (49-0, 26KOs) fought against the UFC two-division champion Conor McGregor but under boxing rules. Now, we may see a similar situation but under mixed-martial arts rules.
Terence Crawford (37-0, 28 KOs) is in headlines for his bout against Kell Brook (39-3, 27 KOs), and recently he has revealed his interest in mixed-martial arts or MMA. Crawford, undefeated and world champion in three different categories, is considered one of the best boxers of all times and his interest in appearing in the octagon has started a new hype.
Though it is not the first time that a boxer shows his interest in making an appearance in the octagon, fans get excited for whatever reason. The American super-champion is interested in competing against Conor McGregor (22-4-0) in the octagon under MMA rules and fans are dying to see if something big is going to happen.
Crawford can accept a different type of challenge if UFC makes the right financial deal for him. In one of his recent interviews, Crawford hinted that money can make a huge different in his decision and considering that McGregor is a “big talent in the octagon”, and he is a “big talent in the boxing ring”, it should not be a problem to find an arrangement. “Money talks” were his words. In a detailed discussion, Crawford is aware of the challenge and the risk behind this cross-sport activity.
Despite a world class boxer has never entered the octagon, we have already seen a UFC fighter to crossover into boxing. In 2017, Conor McGregor fought against Floyd Mayweather in the boxing ring. In addition, the same McGregor is about to arrange another fight with a boxing superstar, Manny Pacquaio in 2021 under boxing rules.
Right now, the Irishman is scheduled to fight Dustin Poirier (26-6-0) in January so the bout between Crawford and McGregor is not likely to be near but the fans would like to see Crawford making it to the Octagon and competing against “The Notorious”. Now it is up to UFC’s President Dana White whether to proceed offering the right deal to Terence Crawford or not. We personally believe that this sort of crossover fights does not make sense from a technical perspective.
However, when hundred of millions are on the table, the fight is going to happen, no matter what. Marketing is stronger than common sense and fans will purchase whatever PPV if properly promoted. However, we want to clarify it here once for all: there is no chance for a UFC fighter to survive in a ring especially against world class boxers… and viceversa.