On the 26th of August, the fight many thought would never happen after a lifetime of speculation and interviews from both fighters is going to reach our televisions worldwide. The fight promises to be historic, entertaining and record breaking. The reaction to the fight has been extremely mixed with some professional boxers voicing their opinions against the fight and wars taking place on social media between opposing fans. Some would argue that this event is bad for the sport of boxing and that the fight is just a massive money grab but the fact remains, this event is on the tip of everyone’s tongues and the whole world will be tuning in to watch what will be a once in a lifetime show.
The fight will take place in Las Vegas at the T-Mobile arena and will likely break pay-per-view records which are currently held by Mayweather himself. Tickets are going for insane sums of cash ranging from around $400 to $11,000 and resales could see that price fly rocket high. The PPV price in America has been set to an eye watering $99.95. No official price has been set for the UK but rumours set to price anywhere from £15 to £100 but it isn’t likely to be set too high seeing as the Mayweather v Pacquiao fight was priced at £24.95.
Floyd ‘Money’ Mayweather has one of the most decorated careers in all of boxing history, the 5-weight world champion is still unbeaten in all of his professional boxing career at 49-0, 26 by way of knockout and 24 of his wins were against current or former world champions. Having fought at super featherweight, lightweight, light welterweight, welterweight and light middleweight, Floyd has won 15 world titles. Aside from his achievements in the ring, Mayweather also holds a whole host of records. He currently holds the biggest pay-per-view record with approximately 4.6 million Americans tuning into the ‘fight of the century’ between Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao in 2015. His next two highest pay-per-view viewings in America are 2.4 million and 2.2 million for the fights with Oscar De La Hoya and Canelo Álvarez respectfully. In perspective, McGregor’s and UFC’s record PPV fight was the replay between Nate Diaz and Conor McGregor got approximately 1.6 million. It is estimated that Floyd has accumulated $1,300,000,000 in revenue and gained 19,500,000 pay-per-view buys and there is no doubt that Floyd is one of, if not the greatest boxer of all time.
At the age of 40 years old, it’s easy to question his motives or whether he is still going to have what it takes to lace up the gloves again. By the time the fight comes around, it will have been nearly 2 years since his last fight. The last time Floyd won by way of knockout was back in 2011 which stirred up a whole load of controversy when Mayweather took a cheap shot on Ortiz while he was distracted by the referee which angered boxing fans worldwide but the knockout was legal and was the perfect example of protect yourself at all times and some would argue it was karma for Ortiz’s dirtiness during the fight. Aside from the Victor Ortiz fight, Floyd stopped Ricky Hatton by TKO in the 10th round. Ricky was 43-0 at the time suffered a cut just above his left eye in the 4th round and by round 6, Hatton had a point deducted for a punch to the back of Floyd’s neck. Floyd soaked up all of Hatton’s pressure and punished him with accurate counter-punches. Floyd continued to work Ricky before throwing massive left hooks that sent the Englishman down to the canvas before the referee called a stop to the fight, stunning the spectators.
The outcome of the last 7 Floyd fights come by decisions with the conspiracy that some of the judges have been bribed but no evidence has ever been provided to back this theory up other than people’s opinions. The closest Floyd has come to facing defeat in his professional career has either got to be his first match up with Jose Luis Castillo in 2002 where many to this day believe he lost the fight or against Marcos Maidana where he massively underestimated his opponent. Castillo came into the fight with an impressive record of 45 wins, 4 loses and 1 draw and hadn’t been defeated in 4 years when he faced Floyd, who at the time was 27-0. Castillo was kept at bay for the first 5 rounds before wriggling his way into the fight and caused Mayweather a lot of problems for the rest of the fight but did, however, get a point deducted in the 8th round hitting Floyd on the break and the following round Mayweather had a point deducted of his own for an illegal use of his elbows. The judges scored the fight in favour of Floyd to the dismissal of the largely Mexican crowd.
Mayweather greatly underestimated Maidana and he was not so unreasonable in doing so, for the most part. The boxing match was made into more of a brawl by Maidana, making it one of Mayweather’s toughest fights to date. Floyd even suffered a cut above the right eye in the fourth round but eventually it was his expert defence and fantastic stamina that won him the fight in the end but until the 7th round, Floyd was up against the ropes before finding his rhythm and eventually doing enough in the final rounds to ensure the victory. With his immense defensive skill, insane stamina and his great boxing IQ, it’s hard to see Mayweather losing the fight for many.
Over on the over side and representing the entirety of UFC, Conor McGregor has created quite the stir in his own sport. McGregor record in mixed martial arts stands currently at 21 wins and 3 defeats. Conor currently holds the fastest in the whole of the UFC’s history with his incredible 13-second victory over José Aldo. McGregor is also the first man in UFC history to hold a belt in two weight divisions simultaneously. He also holds the record for the most performance of the night awards won consecutively with 5 in a row and the most in total with 6. Some of the other records he holds are: Most knockouts in UFC featherweight division history with 6 and the Most consecutive post-fight bonuses in UFC history with 8. He also has some impressive awards under his belt ESPN’s fighter of the year 2015 and Fox sports fighter of the year in the same year to name a few.
McGregor captured the hearts of the world due to his strong trash talking and his even stronger fighting ability to back it up. He can pile up the pressure like nobody else, he has respectable pace and he has insane knockout power with 18 of his 21 wins ending in way of knockout. His left hand is one of the most talked about things in all of the combat sports with people claiming it’s like bread and butter the way he drives his punches and many predicting that is the way he ends the madly anticipated fight with Floyd Mayweather. McGregor has great ability in that he is able to mix everything up from time to time with great combinations of punches and devastating kicks.
One of the most mentioned moments of McGregor’s career is his fight versus Aldo where he famously recorded the incredible victory over Jose Aldo in just 13 seconds, becoming the undisputed featherweight champion of the world. The victory came within basically McGregor’s first punch, knocking Aldo out cold. This victory has become to talking point for many fans when discussing the upcoming boxing fight.
McGregor holds the record for pay-per-view for the UFC with an incredible 1.6 million Americans buying the view to watch the replay between Nate Diaz and himself in which he won by majority decision. The first fight impressively brought in 1.5 million viewers.
The first fight started with no touch of the gloves which was a telling sign of what was to come. Everything started out pretty good for McGregor, landing a few hard shots which saw Nate have a serious cut above his right eye. By the end of the round, Conor was in the front seat. The second round started and both fighters were trading heavy shots but it was the Irishman that was under the most pressure. McGregor took a desperate takedown but ended up back firing on him when he ended up eating punches from Diaz before Nate ended up going for the choke then eventually won him the fight to the shock of the entire building and the world.
The rematch was 5 months later and was held in Las Vegas in which McGregor won by majority decision in an intense, dramatic and exciting fight that has been dubbed as the greatest fight in UFC history. Conor seemed invincible and unstoppable during the rematch to avenge his previous meeting with Nick Diaz in amazing McGregor style. In the very first round, McGregor was focused and knew exactly what he had to bring out to defeat Diaz. McGregor had started to bruise Diaz’s legs by the end of the first with his lethal leg kicks and by the end the round; Nick Diaz had already hit the ground. McGregor started to wear himself out in the second but that wasn’t enough to stop two thunderous left hands that put Diaz back on the ground. Diaz adjusted for the third round which saw him corner McGregor and eventually won the round and in the fourth, Diaz’s head was heavy a heavy flow of blood drip down his face. In the final round, Diaz became frustrated and put his finger up to McGregor in which Conor retaliated with a multiple punch combination and with seconds left Diaz resorted to a desperate takedown but it was not enough and McGregor got his revenge and showed respect to his competitor after the fight by praising him.
A lot of former professionals from both sports and celebrities have voiced their opinions on the fight and who they see winning the fight, proving this to be the most talked about sporting event in the world, right now.
Notable people favouring a McGregor win:
Sylvester Stallone, Tyson Fury, Dana White, David Haye.
Notable people favouring a Mayweather win:
Ricky Hatton, Jose Aldo, Joe Parker, Jeff Horn, Shane Cameron, Mark Hunt, Dan Hooker, Sasha Banks.
The bookies are unsurprisingly placing Mayweather as favourite and you can back him at 1/6 at some betting companies and McGregor is at 4/1 with a draw placed at 50/1.