Floyd Mayweather Jr Vs Conor McGregor is one of the most talked about fights in the history of combat sport.
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The thing is, nobody expected it could ever happen. With TMT Promotions and Showtime taking years to make the Manny Pacquiao fight happen, what chance would UFC star Conor McGregor (who has never even had a professional bout!) have of fighting one of the best boxers of all time in the ring.
But the big date is set for Saturday 26th of August at the brand new T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
A 154 lb boxing match between Boxing’s number 1 attraction and his UFC counterpart. For a large chunk of sports fans, this is nothing more than a circus show, but there are plenty of people who think the 28-year old two division UFC World Champion could provide Floyd Mayweather with some problems and challenges he hasn’t experienced before.
The boxing betting odds obviously have Floyd “Money” Mayweather as a red hot favourite, as short as 1/12 with Coral and Ladbrokes, but as long as 1/6 with a Paddy Power free bet and a Betfair free bet.
McGregor was around 10/1 when this crazy idea came about, but now that the fight is a reality, the cash has come in for the Irishman and he is no bigger than 6/1 with Coral and Ladbrokes, with Paddy Power now offering just 4/1 about the upset.
Conor McGregor would be foolish to try and stand and box with Floyd Mayweather, that fact is so glaringly obvious that McGregor himself will probably be the first to admit it.
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But winning a boxing match will not be his intention. His gameplan will surely be to try to gradually guide Mayweather into range in the hope he can catch him, quite likely whilst utilising a wider MMA stance than the traditional one a pro boxer could use.
But the question remains, if the likes of Ricky Hatton, Oscar De La Hoya, Canelo Alvarez and Manny Pacquiao failed to catch Mayweather clean enough to drop him, what makes anyone think an MMA fighter can pull the feat off?
It really is a tall order, Floyd Mayweather progressed through the amateur ranks into professional arenas and has made them his own for over 20 years. He was a world champion in the 90s and has more experience across his flawless 49-0 boxing record than Conor McGregor could amass in a lifetime, dedicating solely to one sport.
Now let’s not kid ourselves, Conor McGregor is one of the best fighters in the world and unquestionably one of the most dangerous men on earth, Floyd Mayweather is unlikely to take this fight lightly.
Not just that, it is of huge importance that Mayweather advertises boxing in the right way. He faces an 0-0 pro boxer and it would be a crime to the sport if he failed to get McGregor out of there inside the scheduled 12 rounds.
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After Conor McGregor knocked out Jose Aldo in 13 seconds, the Dubliner said in the post fight interview about the finish: “Precision beats power and timing beats speed. No power, just precision. No speed, just timing”.
Given the vast expanse of experience Floyd Mayweather has in the boxing ring, not to mention his personal ability and reputation as one of the best ever to do it, those words could come back to haunt Conor McGregor on August 26th.
Timing and precision is the key to the outcome of this fight and in that department, in a boxing ring under boxing rules, this is simply a no contest.