It’s one of the most hyped-up sporting events ever, a fight which pits two-weight UFC champion Conor McGregor against retired boxer-turned-promoter Floyd Mayweather in a licensed boxing match. The 29-year-old McGregor will be shedding his skills in many different fighting styles to hone down to just boxing, while the 40-year-old Mayweather will be putting his 49-0 record on the line.
But is the fight actually going to be worth paying for and watching?
Could be Disappointing
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Floyd Mayweather built his boxing career on great defence but that doesn’t mean that he was entertaining. Sure, his loud-mouth antics around fights caught the headlines but his actual fights were seldom fun to watch towards the end of his career. The American hasn’t knocked anyone out in a boxing match since Victor Ortiz in 2011, leaving seven fights to end by decision.
As many will remember with the Manny Pacquiao fight – which took way too long to come to fruition for it to be as great as it once could have been – it was 12 rounds of the Filipino swinging and Mayweather ducking and blocking. The McGregor fight could well be much of the same.
Given that it likely won’t start until the early morning on Sunday in the UK, as well as costing £19.95 – nearly as much as the heavyweight world title unification fight between two greats of boxing in Anthony Joshua and Wladimir Klitschko – it may not be worth paying to watch.
Could Upset the Odds
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While the fight itself may be dull, you can bet that Conor McGregor will be aggressive and assertive in the ring, attempting to get the knockout as that seems his only viable route to victory. Now, all the betting markets for the Mayweather McGregor boxing fight see Mayweather winning comfortably, with his Irish opponent at 4/1 just to win. However, this is boxing; it’s just two men with gloves on fighting under relatively restricted rules, so he very well could shock the odds.
Conor McGregor stands at 5’9’’ (an inch taller than Mayweather), boasts a 74’’ reach (two inches on Mayweather), and he’s in the prime of his career as a UFC champion at just 29-years-old. He’s also a very aggressive striker with fast hands and fast feet, a skill set that he’s developed from a base of being a counter-puncher. Above all else, McGregor is a great fighter, and his new attitude and possible disregard of Mayweather’s legacy could see him bolt out of his corner and go for the early win.
If McGregor does come in for the knockout, the fight could be a great one, especially if Mayweather is rocked. McGregor shouldn’t have too much to fear given Mayweather’s seemingly lost knockout power and the fact that the mixed martial arts star has never been knocked out himself. If he does manage to rattle Mayweather, the 49-0 boxer may be forced to go on the offensive, which would also make for an interesting fight.
A One-off Spectacle
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With the rising popularity of mixed martial arts, the argument often comes up as to which fighter would win between an MMA pugilist and a boxer, well this fight should help edge towards an answer for that. It will, hopefully, be a one-off fight that many people will want to see the result of, but then again, the T-Mobile Arena hasn’t even sold out yet, and many tickets are being auctioned up for re-sale.
It will not be the greatest sporting event of all-time, nor will it ever validate the huge sums of money being given to each fighter; however, it will be interesting to see how Conor McGregor approaches the fight and how Mayweather deals with this new form of fighter. If you reckon you know who’s going to win or what round it’s going to happen in, it’ll be fun to see if you’re right, especially as this is such a peculiar event, so it does offer a lot of entertainment value to many.
It’s a one-off in the great sport of boxing, so it should be good fun for all fight fans out there.