Foreman: Nobody Knew McGregor Until He Targeted Mayweather

By Edward Chaykovsky

Former heavyweight champion and Hall of Famer George Foreman says UFC superstar Conor McGregor was a nobody until he started verbally challenging Floyd Mayweather Jr. to a boxing match.

A lot of people would disagree with Foreman, as McGregor reportedly generate very high pay-per-view buyrates for the UFC. The numbers are never made public, but UFC sources claim there were several events that crossed the 1 million buyrate mark - including McGregor's highly anticipated rematch with Nate Diaz.

Mayweather, who retired in September 2015, has been trading words with McGregor for over a year.


McGregor wants to face Mayweather in a boxing match, but he needs to overcome the biggest hurdle to make that happen - his exclusive contract with the UFC.

Under that contract, he still owes four fights to the organization. UFC President Dana White has already threatened a legal battle if McGregor attempts to step around his contract.

Mayweather has often claimed that McGregor, and other UFC fighters, are always piggybacking on his name. Foreman agrees with him.

Whether or not the fight happens, Foreman has made a firm promise to never purchase another pay-per-view event that involves Mayweather in the headline bout.

"The other guy, no one even knew his name and now he keeps flirting with the idea of him fighting Floyd Mayweather. He should take advantage of that and go out and fight 100 more people and wait until the Mayweather fight happens," Foreman told the Jake Brown show.

"He's famous now. He's almost a household name and he was not until the talk of him fighting Mayweather. It doesn't even have to happen. I'm not buying anymore Mayweather fights. Best believe that. Not me."

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Jnc019 on 07-13-2017

McGregor seems to have made Mayweather relevant again....🙄

Comment by Johnwoo8686 on 03-08-2017

[QUOTE=LockardTheGOAT;17484571]Wow, irony alert. The only ones denying facts is you, bruh. This entire discussion has been almost literally nothing but you doing that same thing over and over again - Constantly ignoring what I say and repeating what you've already…

Comment by Szef on 03-08-2017

[QUOTE=Thurman;17435092]I think what George is trying to say is that George didn't know who McGregor was until he called out Mayweather. George doesn't watch UFC. Watching two half-naked men hug each other gives him a case of the jibblies.[/QUOTE] What…

Comment by LockardTheGOAT on 03-08-2017

[QUOTE=Johnwoo8686;17468904]You're the kind of guy to deny facts even when they are presented right to your face. You must be one of those people who think climate change is a hoax and humans have nothing to do with it. And…

Comment by JoeMan on 03-03-2017

[QUOTE=BreWall;17441522]Foreman may be right, but I don't think it's McGregor, Rousey, and others who started associating themselves with Mayweather out of thin air. It's usually the stupid people around them asking the darnedest questions. And fighters usually say yes to…

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