The much-discussed potential showdown between tech titans Mark Zuckerberg and Elon Musk appears to have hit a roadblock, with Zuckerberg signaling his exasperation and calling for an end to the speculation surrounding the hypothetical cage match.
In a recent post on his Threads account, Zuckerberg conveyed his frustration, stating, “I think we can all agree Elon isn’t serious and it’s time to move on.” The Meta CEO had previously proposed a real date for the contest, even involving UFC President Dana White to organize a legitimate charity competition. However, Musk’s responses seemed to be shrouded in jest and uncertainty.
Zuckerberg outlined his perspective on the matter, explaining, “Elon won’t confirm a date, then says he needs surgery, and now asks to do a practice round in my backyard instead.” This apparent lack of commitment and whimsical approach from Musk prompted Zuckerberg to shift his focus away from the potential bout, stating, “If Elon ever gets serious about a real date and official event, he knows how to reach me. Otherwise, time to move on. I’m going to focus on competing with people who take the sport seriously.”
The notion of a physical confrontation between the CEOs of Meta and X/Twitter was ignited by Musk himself in a series of online exchanges. Responding to a Twitter thread on June 20, Musk quipped, “I’m up for a cage match if he is lol.” Subsequently, Musk announced plans to livestream the proposed “Zuck v Musk fight” via X, with the intention of donating all proceeds to charity. Zuckerberg, however, took a subtle dig at X/Twitter’s reliability, raising questions about the platform’s ability to effectively raise funds for charitable causes.
As the digital sparring continued, Zuckerberg eventually expressed his frustration with Musk’s evasive approach, leading to the cancellation of the fictitious cage match. Despite the apparent end to this particular rivalry, the exchange highlights the intricate dynamics between influential figures in the tech industry and the challenges of turning playful banter into reality.