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Mayweather-McGregor just got more ridiculous

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A belt will be on the line after all when Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor meet Saturday night at the T-Mobile Arena.

The WBC has created The Money Belt, which will go to the winner of the otherwise non-title boxing match.

The Money Belt is made of 1.5 kilograms of 24 karat gold; 3,360 diamonds, 600 sapphires, 160 emeralds and crocodile leather.

“The WBC has had in Floyd Mayweather the most loyal champion in our history,” WBC President Mauricio Sulaiman said during Wednesday’s press conference at the MGM Grand.

“He conquered five titles in five different divisions. In order to celebrate this great event the WBC has created The Money Belt to go to the winner.”

The victor’s belt is displayed during a press conference with boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. and MMA fighter Connor Mcgregor.

The WBC has a custom of making special edition belts. Mayweather won “The Diamond Belt” when he defeated Miguel Cotto; “The Gold Belt” when he outpointed Canelo Alvarez and the “Emerald Belt” when he beat Manny Pacquiao.

“Floyd Mayweather represents boxing and has come out of retirement to face Conor McGregor, the superstar of mixed martial arts who represents the UFC,” Sulaiman said.

“The UFC has stood behind Conor and the WBC stands firm in support of Floyd.”

Floyd Mayweather Jr., centre left, and Conor McGregor pose for photographers.

Mayweather didn’t want any of followers to talk trash to McGregor from the audience during the press conference. When someone yelled “You’re going to get knocked out” as McGregor took to the podium, Mayweather signalled for quiet.

While Mayweather took a professional approach thanking supporters of the fight, McGregor continued to be brash and bold predicting an early knockout. “I will break this old man.

Trust me on that,” McGregor said. “I don’t see him lasting two rounds.”

Mayweather-McGregor will be the most widely distributed event in pay-per-view history.

It will be distributed to over 200 countries. Promoters are advising those interested in purchasing the pay-per-view to place their orders early.

“We do expect unprecedented traffic,” said Stephen Espinoza, the executive vice president and general manager of Showtime Sports. “So to be safe, order early.”

The Million Dollar Man Ted DiBiase.

Leading MMA journalist Ariel Helwani led the mockery of the title, likening the belt to the “Million Dollar Title”, worn by former World Wrestling Federation Star “The Million Dollar Man” Ted DiBiase.

The new belt has no actual merit on the world boxing scene.

Mayweather is currently not ranked by any of the major boxing organisations, having fallen off the rankings due to his inactivity.

Conor McGregor is also not ranked by any boxing organisation, given the fact the Mayweather showdown is his boxing debut.

Given neither is currently ranked in the top 15 of any major boxing organisations rankings, neither can officially fight for a world title.

Mauricio Sulaiman, president of the World Boxing Council, holds up a specially made belt.

While the title may look spectacular, and come at quite the cost, it essentially worthless in the boxing game.

Two legitimate world titles will be defended however on the undercard to Mayweather-McGregor.

Nathan Cleverly defends his WBA World Light Heavyweight title against The Money Team’s Badou Jack and Mayweather protege Gervonta Davis defends his IBF Super Featherweight Title against Francisco Fonseca.

with — NY Post.

Originally published as Mayweather-McGregor just got more ridiculous

Source: sports dailytelegraph

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