Bellator CEO Scott Coker foresees bigger numbers if Floyd Mayweather crossed over to MMA to fight Conor McGregor.
Many fight fans looked down on the Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs. Conor McGregor fight for its “freak show” aspect, but the fight’s pay-per-view buyrate is still expected to be massive. Last week, Showtime made a projection that the fight would either exceed or come close to the 4.6 million buys set by the May 2015 fight between Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao.
If the tables were turned, and it was Mayweather who was making the transition to MMA, fighters like Dan Hardy, in particular, do not see it garnering that much attention. But for Bellator CEO Scott Coker, Floyd Jr. could actually rake in lucrative numbers if he does make a transition into MMA, even bigger than what he makes as a boxer.
“If a boxer wants to take the time and really learn the art of MMA, and he has a big name in boxing and wants to come over, why wouldn’t we want to see that?” Coker told Gareth Davies of the Telegraph. “If Floyd would fight Conor in MMA I think he’d do a bigger gate and a bigger PPV than boxing.”
Unsurprisingly, people are giving Floyd zero chance if he does agree to step inside the cage with the current UFC lightweight champion. But even so, Coker believes it will be a hit, even bigger than the August 26th fight.
“People will say Conor will probably take him out or choke him out, but those two guys could sell anything,” Coker explained. “They would sell that fight, people would buy it and I think it would break the record from the weekend before last.”
“If Conor takes him down, chokes him out and Floyd taps, there’s no loss of respect there. If you tap out it just means it’s his night and you go on to the next fight. Why not let him do it?”