After months of speculation and dragging each other’s name through the mud in the press, finally Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor have signed a contract that will see them duke it out in the ring on August 26 in Las Vegas’ T-Mobile Arena.
1. The 'Fight of the Century'?
Mayweather, one of the pound-for-pound greatest boxers of all time but retired for the past few years, will take on MMA superstar McGregor in a straight boxing bout of 12 rounds.
On the face of it, the bout seems something of a mis-match. Mayweather went through the entirety of his legendary career undefeated, winning belts in five different divisions.
But he hasn’t fought competitively since 2015, and at the age of 40 you do wonder if the old ring rust might be harder to shake off. Or is Mayweather simply a freak of nature that was born to box? His 49-0 career would certainly suggest so.
McGregor was an amateur boxer in his native Ireland, but ultimately he decided to pursue a career in mixed martial arts. As a two-weight world champion in the sport’s biggest franchise, the UFC, you would have to argue that he made the right decision.
But can a boxing novice beat one of the legends of the game? It would take a brave punter to back him to do so, but this is boxing: as we know, anything can happen. And that’s why we love it!
2. Mayweather vs McGregor Odds
The bookmakers have to be sensible in situations like this and clearly, Mayweather is the man most likely to win a boxing match against a guy who has never fought professionally in his life. That’s just basic common sense.
But a lot of money has come in for McGregor, whose price has shortened from 11.00 to 5.50 since the fight was formalised. He has what is known in the trade as a ‘puncher’s chance’.
Mayweather, at 1.16, is a worthy favourite with the sportsbooks however, and some would say decent value too.
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3. Mayweather vs McGregor Tips
The favourite has beaten the best that boxing has to offer. Guys like Manny Pacquiao, Saul Alvarez, Oscar De La Hoya and Miguel Cotto have all booked their place in the sport’s hall of fame, to varying degrees, and so the only thing that could stop ‘Money’ from winning this fight is a clack of in-ring activity in the past two years.
But rest assured, with a chance to extend his career record to 50-0, he will be leaving no stone unturned in his preparation.
McGregor would stand a better chance, you would think, if he was fighting a brawler; a sort of toe-to-toe puncher who leaves himself open to attack with a low guard and high chin.
But Mayweather isn’t such a beast: he is one of the greatest defensive boxers in history, whose key asset is an ability to make his opponent miss their shots. Look at his showreel: some of the biggest punchers in the welterweight and middleweight divisions barely left a scratch on him.
McGregor can punch, make no bones about it, and the way he knocked out Jose Aldo confirmed as such. But 12oz gloves are a lot different to the straps he wears in UFC, and McGregor might just find Mayweather to be too slippery a customer to land on. Back Money to take the money on points.
It’s set to become one of the most watched PPV shows of all time….but where’s the smart money going: Mayweather or McGregor? Lately, Manny Pacquiao has been defeated by Jeff Horn, so maybe here we could witness an even bigger upset in boxing history?