This is the stark warning from UFC president Dana White, who says it ‘absolutely cannot happen’ when the megastars clash
CONOR MCGREGOR would be “sued beyond belief” if he used any MMA moves in his boxing mega-fight against Floyd Mayweather.
The stark warning was issued by UFC president and McGregor’s manager Dana White, who has made it very clear just how serious this would be.
McGregor, 29, who is about to embark on his very first professional boxing match, has had 24 fights all in the Octagon under MMA rules.
It has been stated in the contract he has with five division champion Mayweather that if he comes out with any type of attack other than punches to the head and body, he’ll be in a big trouble.
Speaking to the New York Post, White said: “He would be sued beyond belief if he does anything other than hit Floyd Mayweather with his hands to the head and body, It would be a very bad.
“That can’t happen. There’s actually language in the contract that that can’t happen.”
Showtimes Sports’ vice president Stephen Espinoza wouldn’t give to much details on just what is written in the contract, but he did confirm that there is a “significant disincentive to doing something like that”.
Espinoza said: “The details are gonna remain confidential but there is a significant penalty in the event of what I’ll describe as sort of an extreme foul.
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“Something out of the ordinary, beyond what would be a normal boxing foul.”
White added that it wouldn’t just be McGregor’s fight purse he’d be losing.
White said: “If you look at Mayweather, you can include this fight, his last three fights and the amount of money he’s brought in, right, when you go to court any lawsuit is always about damages.
“The damages on Mayweather if something like that happened would be massive. That can’t happen.
“Forget about the contract. He would just sue him. He would have a lawsuit against him that would be incredibly, I mean – it would destroy Conor’s life and Mayweather would win – Mayweather would win that lawsuit.
“It can’t happen, It absolutely cannot happen. Listen, Conor is a bit of a wild man. But he likes money just as much as Floyd does. So if he wants Floyd to have all his money, that’s the way to do it.”
McGregor himself remains a lot more relaxed about the whole idea of being some MMA moves to the boxing match with Mayweather.
When asked if he could foul Mayweather through being frustrated, McGregor said: “We’ll see on the night.”
Floyd Mayweather’s assistant trainer, Nate Jones has already voiced his concerns that McGregor could become frustrated in the bout and then lash out.
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Speaking on Submission Radio, Jones said: “One way I can see the fight ending is Floyd out-boxing him, beating the crap out of him.
“Another way I’m gonna be concerned about is when Floyd gets to a point where he frustrates him too much, McGregor’s going to do something crazy. That’s the only thing I’m worried about.
“I would be more concerned about this fight because Floyd’s a little older now, he’s 40 years old. “McGregor has crazy weird power, and he’s got weird shots from weird angles. I’m worried about that.
“But for my prediction in the fight is Floyd either confusing him and frustrating him and stopping him in the later rounds, or Floyd out-boxing him.
“Or McGregor will do something stupid and lose the fight. That’s my prediction.”
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