Even now, it’s still hard to believe that it’s actually going down. UFC Lightweight Champion Conor McGregor will be going toe-to-toe with Floyd Mayweather, one of the greatest boxers the world has ever seen. When rumors of the event first began circulating, most people wrote it off as unrealistic bluster typical of combat sports and few ever expected it to happen. But here we are, less than two months away from the historic event. Now the hardest part is trying to make predictions for this unprecedented match.
There’s no question that Conor McGregor is a supremely talented fighter. He’s the reigning Lightweight Champ with an impressive 24 wins, 18 of which were by knockout. Much has been made of McGregor’s formidable striking abilities, but the question remains how they will be able to translate from the octagon to the boxing ring. McGregor’s offensive prowess has been pegged as one of the key facts listed by a prominent sports site, and he’s regarded as an incredibly accurate striker in addition to his devastating power. Of course, for that to be a factor he’s going to have to find a way through Mayweather’s famous defense.
It’s common knowledge that Mayweather has never been defeated in his professional boxing career with an astounding 49 wins to his name, 26 of which were by knockout. He’s noted for his speed and technical proficiency, with incredible defensive acumen and insanely accurate punching. As a newcomer to the world of boxing, McGregor is unlikely to be able to show the same level of discipline and awareness as Mayweather. It’s probable that he’ll end up leaving a lot of openings for Mayweather to get in and cause some damage.
Neither fighter has recently been in the ring and whether or not either of them will be showing some rust is a big question. It’s been almost two years since Mayweather’s previous fight, a win over Andre Berto in September 2015. However, a recent look at Mayweather’s training shows that Money doesn’t seem to have lost a step, and he’s looking just as agile and tough as ever. For his part, McGregor previous match was his dismantling of Eddie Alvarez by TKO at UFC 205 back in November 2016. The UFC fighter’s conditioning will become a big question as he attempts to go 12 rounds for the first time in his career. McGregor is going to have to try to end the fight early to have a chance, because the longer the match goes, the better Mayweather’s chances get.
It’s going to be a particularly fascinating fight in regards to the odds markets because it’s essentially two athletes from completely different sports facing off. It won’t be easy to draw a comparison between McGregor and Mayweather with their radically different styles and backgrounds. Luckily, the bookmakers are busy building out the odds and strategies for these kinds of events, so you can go in with the best possible understanding of each fighter’s chances. Mayweather is generally considered the favorite so far, making McGregor a popular underdog choice, but it’s genuinely difficult to compare the two athletes.
Mayweather and McGregor are set to duke it out August 26, 2017 at the T-Mobile Arena in Paradise, Nevada (right next of Las Vegas). Regardless of the outcome, both fighters are set to make a ton of money. One could argue that Mayweather has more at stake here than McGregor, who is essentially fighting on Mayweather’s home turf by stepping into the boxing ring. Also, a loss could be easily justified by McGregor explaining that he’s not a true boxer. The same can’t be said for Mayweather, who’s putting his reputation and legacy on the line by accepting the challenge. Who knows what’s going to happen when the fists start flying, but it’s sure to be interesting no matter what.