It’s on! The billion dollar boxing spectacle Floyd Mayweather v Conor McGregor has been booked in for August 26 in Las Vegas and don’t tell me anything about it being a mismatch, we’re all going to watch it.
This novelty fight isn’t even really much of a novelty. Muhammed Ali was scheduled to take on 7’2” basketball star Wilt Chamberlain before the giant’s boxing-savvy dad advised him against it, and who can forget Rocky vs Hulk Hogan?
Mayweather himself even competed in WrestleMania XXIV, beating up Big Show.
Coming back to reality we have several current rugby players with active professional boxing careers and let’s not forget that McGregor actually fights for a living. Maybe we should be giving the Irishman a little more credit.
Paddy is starting McGregor off as a pretty large 5/1 outsider and it’s fair to say he has a few obstacles to overcome. In his last three fights, all in 2016, ‘The Notorious’ competed above 154 pounds, in this fight he’ll have to get inside that weight limit but retain his strength.
McGregor will also fight with heavier, boxing gloves for the first time. Mayweather is almost impossible to land cleanly on, so don’t let a misplaced bet go on McGregor by KO at 6/1.
THE FIGHT IS ON. pic.twitter.com/KhW0u3jRft
— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) June 14, 2017
But there are plenty of things for Mayweather to worry about too. The living legend turned 40 in February and he hasn’t had a bout since September 2015. ‘Money’ has struggled the most against big, strong, pressure fighters and McGregor fits that description exactly.
The Irish southpaw is 25/1 to win on points and I actually think that’s a punt worth considering!
McGregor is a former amateur boxer and is known as one of the best pound-for-pound strikers in MMA. The two-weight UFC champ will also have amateur boxing champ Michael Conlan helping him prepare.
— Floyd Mayweather (@FloydMayweather) June 14, 2017
This fight will set records for the money received by both boxers and the levels of smack being talked, but this is also a chance for Mayweather to achieve the longest unbeaten record in boxing by getting to 50-0.
There’s no way the American will take this contest lightly and Paddy even makes him shorter odds at 11/8 to win by KO than via a decision. Mayweather hasn’t stopped an opponent since 2011 and I don’t think he’ll be going for it against the dangerous McGregor.
Bet of the bout: Mayweather to win on points – 5/4.