Mikaela Mayer Trashes ESBC Game Contract: ‘I Know a Rip Off When I See One’

Published 07/16/2021, 2:30 PM EDT
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – JULY 14: In this handout image provided by Top Rank, Mikaela Mayer looks on during her junior lightweight bout against Helen Joseph (not pictured) at MGM Grand Conference Center Grand Ballroom on July 14, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Mikey Williams/Top Rank via Getty Images)


The much-awaited ESBC gameplay reveal has thrilled many boxing aficionados. However, WBO 130 lbs champion Mikaela Mayer may not want to work with the gaming promotion. The undefeated boxer has expressed her disregard for the contract and has accused the company of differentiating between men’s and women’s negotiable protocols.

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Mayer, the Top Rank prodigy, took to social media and lashed at the ESBC game. She claimed that she would not work with the video game makers if not offered the right price. Furthermore, ‘MM’ even replied to a few netizens who questioned her stance.

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“Y’all want me to “just do it for exposure” cus i’m a female but no. To say that men’s contracts have been negotiated but womens are SET and it’s this or nothing is not ok to me. I’ve been doing deals with George Ruiz for 8 years, I know a rip off when i see one,” wrote Mikaela Mayer.

While she appeared to take a stand for equality and women’s rights, ‘GWOAT’ Claressa Shields dived in to further complicate the scenario. Being one of the best female fighters in the world, Shields claimed to have received a negotiable contract and advance payment from ESBC.

However, Mayer claimed to have heard the opposite thing. She wished the Boxer/MMA athlete well and declared that she had no interest in working with the ESBC. Hence, fight fans may not see one of their favorites appear in the upcoming game.

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As Mikaela Mayer’s stardom and boxing career have been on a rise, a video game appearance could have been immense. Unfortunately, that’s not happening as of now.

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The upcoming video game will be available on PC, XBOX, Playstation, and several other gaming platforms. While EA Sports had provided a virtual representation to almost every sports event- FIFA, NBA, UFC, WWE, and many more, boxing wasn’t part of it. The upcoming release will change that and bring a stellar moment to the gaming and boxing fans.

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Nevertheless, it will be hard to fill Mikaela Mayer’s void in the game. Will Mayer’s popularity lead the ESBC and her to negotiate a deal? What do you make of her posts on social media? Let us know in the comments below.

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A senior boxing writer at EssentiallySports, Raj Sarkar is a mass media graduate who is currently pursuing his master’s degree in broadcast journalism. In addition to his current role, he has worked with the MMA team at EssentiallySports and has interviewed prominent fighters such as Ritu Phogat and 'The Red King' Rory MacDonald. He combined his bachelor's degree with his adoration for combat sports and has a combined 2000 plus bylines in MMA and boxing over the last two years.

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