The winner of the Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor superfight on Saturday night won’t get a real title. But that doesn’t mean that there won’t be something on the line. Outside of fighting for pride (not to mention millions and millions and millions of dollars), Mayweather and McGregor will also be fighting for what is being called "The Money Belt."
Even though the so-called Money Belt won’t be tied to an actual World Boxing Council championship, the WBC unveiled the prize that they created for the Mayweather/McGregor fight on Wednesday during a press conference for the bout. WBC president Mauricio Sulaiman showed off the belt for the first time at the event in Las Vegas, and it’s every bit as ridiculously over the top as you would expect it to be.
It’s unclear how much the Money Belt is actually worth, but it has a bunch of features that would suggest that it has to be worth a pretty penny. The belt includes 3,360 diamonds, 600 sapphires, 300 emeralds, and 1.5 kilograms of 24-karat gold, and all of that is positioned on green Italian alligator leather. It’s actually sort of similar to a belt the WBC created specifically for Mayweather’s fight with Manny Pacquiao back in 2015, but this one manages to top that one in terms of overall gaudiness.
Social media obviously had some strong reactions to the belt. Some people love the fact that the WBC went all out when designing the belt, while others can’t believe how insane the belt is. But the best reactions came from those who compared the Money Belt to another over the top belt—the Million Dollar Championship that was created for WWE star "The Million Dollar Man" Ted DiBiase back in the late 1980s.
In less than 72 hours, we’ll finally find out whether Mayweather or McGregor will ultimately take this belt home.