Wednesday 21 March 2018

Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor to fight for new WBC 'Money Belt' - encrusted with 3,600 diamonds

The victor's belt is displayed during a press conference with boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. and MMA figher Conor Mcgregor
The victor's belt is displayed during a press conference with boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. and MMA figher Conor Mcgregor

Callum Davis

The WBC has created a special 'Money' belt ahead of Floyd Mayweather and Conor Mcgregor's 'fight of the century' in Las Vegas.

Conor McGregor is making his professional boxing debut on Saturday while Mayweather will be looking to win the 16th title belt of his career.

The belt, which will be claimed by the winner of Saturday's fight, contains 3,360 diamonds, 600 sapphires, 160 emeralds and approximately 3.3 pounds of 24-karat gold, and it also features the names of both combatants.

"In order to celebrate this event between the WBC hero and the UFC hero, Conor McGregor, the WBC has created the Money Belt," said WBC President Mauricio Sulaiman at the final press conference at the MGM Grand on Friday night.

"This belt has 3,360 diamonds, 600 sapphires, 300 emeralds, 1.5 kilograms of solid, 24-karat gold and alligator leather that comes from Italy."

Mayweather, who has won world title in five different weight division, was uncharacteristically respectful during the pair's last press conference.

"Conor McGregor has had a hell of a career, he's still got a hell of a career," said Mayweather.

"He's a hell of a fighter, he's a stand-up guy, he's a tough competitor. He's a fighter. It's going to be blood, sweat and tears on Saturday.

"I'm pretty sure he has had a tremendous training camp. Now it comes down to the two competitors, going out there, displaying our skills and giving the fans what they want to see. The best fighting the best.

"He's the best at what he does, I'm the best at what I do."

Conor McGregor has reiterated his belief that he will beat Mayweather inside one round.

"I am very happy with how camp has gone, everything has been absolutely amazing and I thank my team," said the UFC icon.

"We are prepared for twelve three minute rounds of non-stop pace, I will come forward and put the pressure on and break this old man.

"He has made a big error with the 8oz gloves, I now have the decision to end it inside one.

"He messed up there, we usually fight in 4oz gloves and in eight, I will break through whatever is in front of me."

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