Freelance: Universal Studios Produces Conor McGregor Film
Ahead of his boxing super-fight with Floyd "Money" Mayweather Jr, "The Notorious" Conor McGregor revealed early yesterday morning (July 10) a clip from an upcoming biographical film being made by Universal Studios. See the clip here. The announcement of the film comes after the formation of "Mystic Mac's," McGregor Sports and Entertainment earlier this year, which is also involved with the project. The new company now alongside Mayweather Promotions on the Mayweather-McGregor posters and other materials. Based on the above clip, the film has a total runtime of an hour and a half, but no other production or release details are known at this time. It was originally reported by ESPN in January that McGregor had filed a patent under McGregor Sports and Entertainment for his birth name and nickname, the organization's first major known business move. The native of Crumlin, Dublin, Ireland intends to use said trademarks in association with "aftershave, video games, books, clothing, restaurants, barbershops and health clubs." ESPN also reported that McGregor has a separate agreement with the official UFC outfitter in Reebok, which allows for the use of his name and nickname but the UFC, nor their parent company in WME-IMG or Reebok owns the trademarks on them. The McGregor-Mayweather super-fight is currently set to take place next month on August 26 at "the official home of the UFC," the T-Mobile Arena in Las, Vegas Nevada. The event will be broadcast on Showtime Pay-Per-View with the price tag being $99.95 for the high-definition viewing option and $89.95 for standard definition. At the time of this writing (July 11) McGregor is currently the +375 underdog while Mayweather is the -550 favorite. The first press conference of a world tour promoting the fight took place today with visits to Toronto being on Wednesday, New York on Thursday, and a last stop being London on Friday. The faces synonymous with boxing and MMA have been verbally sparring for over two years, and now they are set to fight at 154 pounds with ten-ounce gloves. Mayweather is coming into this fight, a one-off, fresh out of his second retirement (a two-year stint) but will look to improve his record to the historic 50-0-0. McGregor is 0-0-0 in boxing, but the fight was sanctioned by the overseeing Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) after he compiled a 21-3 overall MMA record and a 9-1 run in the UFC. The "Champ-Champ" most recently fought then-UFC lightweight (155-pound) champion Eddie Alvarez at Madison Square Garden at UFC 205 last November. The underdog knocked out Alvarez inside of two rounds to take the title and become the first person in UFC history to hold two titles (along with the featherweight or 145-pound belt) simultaneously. Prior to that fight, McGregor took the featherweight title off of Brazil’s Jose Aldo by way of a knockout in just 13 seconds at UFC 194, the fastest finish in UFC championship fight history.
The super-fight is expected by a number of key figures to bring in around $100 million, making the event the best selling in MMA, boxing, or the neighboring world of professional wrestling.