Mark Zuckerberg Responds to Elon Musk’s Challenge: I’m Ready to Fight Now

Marck Zuckerberg and Elon Musk face to face

Face­book CEO Mark Zucker­berg fired back at Elon Musk’s recent chal­lenge to a “cage match” between the two tech billionaires. 

Zucker­berg took to his live stream­ing app Threads to respond direct­ly to Musk, stat­ing that he is ready to fight now and that he had even sug­gest­ed August 26 as a date when Musk first issued the challenge.

Zucker­berg accused Musk of stalling and sug­gest­ed that Threads would gen­er­ate more rev­enue for char­i­ty from stream­ing the fight com­pared to Musk’s trou­bled Twit­ter and plat­forms. While Musk has hint­ed that he needs more time to train, Zucker­berg implied that his supe­ri­or sta­mi­na would give him an advan­tage in a quick bout.

The feud began when Musk tweet­ed a meme jok­ing­ly sug­gest­ing a cage match between the two CEOs. Musk respond­ed that Zucker­berg “prob­a­bly eas­i­er to bribe with mon­ey” rather than phys­i­cal alter­ca­tion. How­ev­er, Musk then said he was seri­ous about the chal­lenge and began shar­ing pho­tos of his weight train­ing regimen.

Though ini­tial­ly dis­missed as jokes, both CEOs now seem com­mit­ted to mak­ing the bout hap­pen. Reports indi­cate UFC and Ital­ian offi­cials briefly dis­cussed hold­ing the fight at the Colos­se­um in Rome, but plans have since stalled.

Zucker­berg’s blunt response sug­gests he is ready when­ev­er Musk is, call­ing his bluff and upping the stakes by sug­gest­ing his livestream­ing app would gen­er­ate more mon­ey for char­i­ty. It remains to be seen if Musk will accept Zucker­berg’s gaunt­let and set an offi­cial date for the high­ly antic­i­pat­ed tech CEO cage match.

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