Bellator’s CEO Scott Coker gives his take on the recently finalized Floyd Mayweather-Conor McGregor boxing match.
UFC president Dana White has been a happy camper since the Floyd Mayweather-Conor McGregor boxing match was finalized last week. So much so that he remains positive, despite the huge likelihood of McGregor ending up on the losing end.
“I don’t think (a loss to Mayweather) damages the (UFC) brand or Conor McGregor at all, I think it actually elevates Conor McGregor,” White said during last week’s conference call. “The fact that this kid who has so much to lose is willing to step in and is absolutely confident that he will win this fight, I think is one of the many reasons that people love Conor McGregor and win, lose or draw it will be one of the reasons that people continue to love Conor McGregor.”
As a fellow fight promoter, rival Scott Coker disagrees. According to Bellator’s CEO, there actually could be long-term repercussions that could affect the UFC’s biggest superstar.
“Obviously, it’s gonna be a big money maker for everybody and that’s why they’re doing it. But you’re putting your fighter in harm’s way, so what’s the long-term impact on that? I’m not sure. But I’ll tell you this: It’ll be a lot of fun to watch,” Coker told MMA Fighting.
Both Mayweather and McGregor are known talkers, which already makes for a greatly interesting build-up for the event. And for Coker, the pre-fight promotion could actually hold more entertainment value than the actual action inside the ring.
“Any time Mayweather fights, the circus is in town, man. It’s gonna be a big, big promotion. And Conor he can carry his own on the mic. The whole campaign leading up to the event is gonna be more entertaining than the fight.”
Mayweather vs. McGregor is scheduled for a 12-round fight at 154-pounds on August 26th at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.