Everything appeared like talk when a whiskey and bespectacled Conor McGregor strolled his Irish mate Michael Conlon to the ring for a super bantamweight boxing session at Madison Square Garden, watched him win, pointed at the red and white ropes and shouted at the journalists crouched ringside in New York City: "will venture in there and stun the entire goddamn world. Believe me on that. Look at me without flinching. Twenty-eight years old, sure as a motherf… .., long, rangy, perilous with each hand. Believe me. Will stop Floyd Mayweather and you're all going to backpedal on everything that was said. The entire world will backpedal on everything that was said."
Regardless it appeared like talk when three months of bits of gossip persisted about the brutal lightweight UFC champion with the heavyweight mouth being granted his desire to slip on a few shoes and set up the dukes against Mayweather, the 40-year-old, five-division, undefeated champeee-on of the world.
The snags appeared to be sufficiently reasonable: McGregor had never boxed and Mayweather had resigned.
Be that as it may, on the off chance that anything on this planet can talk louder than McGregor its cash, and yesterday their 12-round boxing stink at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas was reported for August 26 out of an expected payday of $US100 million ($130m) each.
Just four years prior, McGregor could scarcely bear the cost of a pot to pee in while he anticipated a UFC make a big appearance and got the money for welfare checks worth around 200 bucks a pop.
"I conversed with Conor McGregor today," UFC president Dana White told correspondents in Vegas.
"When you converse with this child, it's intriguing. He's completely 100 for each penny positive that he wins this battle. I quit questioning Conor McGregor quite a while prior. At the point when two men venture into the ring or the octagon or whatever it is, the sky is the limit.
"Floyd Mayweather is 40 years of age. He's dependable had issues with southpaws. Conor McGregor is 28 years of age, he's a southpaw and at whatever point Conor hits individuals, they fall. He will battle anyone, anyplace, whenever. He will follow Floyd Mayweather and he will attempt to thump him out."
McGregor affirmed the battle yesterday by posting a photo of himself with the 64-year-old Floyd Mayweather Sr.
His pre-battle question and answer session may be more an incentive than the battle itself. The session has tremendous consequences. In the event that McGregor brings down the 49-0 Mayweather, the sweet science will begin resembling the dithering old in respect to the intense and reckless UFC.
On the off chance that Mayweather wins, boxing holds its out-dated esteem despite the UFC having a predominant item regarding Association and blockbuster sessions.
"On the off chance that you take a gander at this thing and you take a gander at how huge this battle is, and you take a gander at how enormous these competitors are that are included in this battle, if Conor knocks Floyd Mayweather out, he is the greatest competitor on earth," White said.
"When you go out and you put everything at stake — I've said this in regards to Floyd Mayweather for quite a long time, he adores cash, cherishes cash — however that record is real, I think, more imperative to him than cash.
"For him to go out and the chance that 49-0 against a person like Conor, props to both folks for making the battle happen. The inconceivable arrangement is currently done."
The UFC has everything to pick up and not a lot to lose when Mayweather, who resigned after his snoozefest against Andre Berto at the MGM Grand in Vegas in 2015, moves into the ring against the wild man of the UFC.
Mayweather and boxing itself will have their notorieties hanging in the balance against a Dubliner in the prime of his vocation.
McGregor may end up being confused with regards to the peripheral subtleties of pugilism however a triumph for him would discolour Mayweather's inheritance and give a bruised eye to the hundreds of years old game.
Ten-time world boxing champion Oscar De La Hoya has rubbished it as "lack of respect to boxing" and approached aficionados of the more conventional battle amusement to blacklist it.
"To my kindred boxing fans, I write in the expectations that together we can secure the game of boxing," De La Hoya composed a month ago.
"With each passing day, it looks increasingly likely that the carnival known as Floyd Mayweather versus Conor McGregor will be coming to town sooner rather than later.
"As undercard battles begin to shape, athletic commissions give their favours in return for a great many dollars, and the contenders begin tallying considerably more money, one gathering will, in the long run, be left to ensure this sham doesn't happen — we, the fans, who are the backbone of our game."
White shot back that De La Hoya was sharp since he had flopped in his endeavours to organise the battle himself through his Golden Boy Promotions organisation.
"For the boxing group to be sickened, most importantly, it's about the fans," White said. "What would the fans like to see? In case you're a fanatic of battle wears, this is the best end of the year … the thing that agitated me about Oscar De La Hoya was that he turned out and asked fans to not purchase the battle. Why? What is that?
"It's a fantastic open door for fanatics of battle sports. Everyone ought to be excited. Counting the boxing folks. Counting Oscar De La Hoya."