Boxing and kickboxing legend Butterbean doesn’t think Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor will get sanctioned.
Combat sports veteran Butterbean is the latest fighter to weigh in on the hyped boxing bout between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Conor McGregor, and the 425 lbs. juggernaut can’t see a deal being finalized.
Butterbean’s reasoning was simple: If the Nevada Athletic Commission (NAC) wouldn’t sanction his MMA fight against Mark Hunt, why would they approve of Mayweather vs. McGregor?
Butterbean, real name Eric Esch, has had a combined 126 professional fights in boxing, MMA, and kickboxing and was scheduled to take on ‘The Super Samoan’ at PRIDE 32 in 2006. The NAC, however, decided that Hunt was too big of a favorite and refused to sanction the fight.
McGregor, the current UFC lightweight champion and former featherweight champ, has no professional boxing experience but is expected to take on one of the greatest boxers of all time.
Butterbean thinks the NAC will disapprove of the fight due to it being such a mismatch.
“If McGregor were to go out and get some boxing matches, I don’t see … I mean, just personally I went through it myself when I went to fight in Vegas on a PRIDE show, and they wanted me and Mark Hunt to fight MMA, and I wasn’t qualified to fight a level of Mark Hunt in MMA,” Butterbean told MMAjunkie Radio in a recent interview. “I don’t see a commission in the U.S. approving it, because of McGregor’s lack of boxing matches.
“He just doesn’t have the experience. It’s going to be a boring fight. It’ll be a one-sided fight – put it that way.”
Butterbean’s logic is sound, and the 50-year-old retiree makes a salient point. But NAC executive director Bob Bennett already gave Mayweather-McGregor the thumbs up and believes it will make for a ‘great fight’.
McGregor claims to have signed a contract for the bout but is waiting on Mayweather to sign his end of the deal. The Los Angeles Times recently reported that UFC president Dana White is not involved in negotiations, but the head promoter shot down those claims and assured the media that he is ‘running’ the show.