There is little doubt that the up and coming boxing match between Conor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather will go down as the biggest sporting spectacle of the summer, but on paper, it looks to be a complete mismatch.
In one corner you have one of the greatest boxers to ever grace the planet and a man who has gone 49 fights undefeated and in the other, you have a boxer who has never even fought in a professional bout.
Fortunately for Conor McGregor, fights aren’t won or lost on paper, so experience will count for little if he lands that famous left on Floyd’s chin.
Of course, most don’t think that will happen. The bookies have Mayweather as a heavy favourite and most “experts” believe that McGregor will struggle to land a single blow.
Five reasons the BOOKIES might be WRONG:
Mayweather is known as one of the best defensive boxers of all-time, but there is one adversary he can’t avoid – time. ‘Money’ is now 40-years-old and although he is in great shape, it would be hard to argue that he is as sharp as he once was.
McGregor will be 29 when the fight takes place, so in theory, he will be in the prime of his fighting career. McGregor’s gas tank was called into question after his loss to Nate Diaz, but would you really doubt his stamina against a 40-year-old?
Before facing Conor McGregor, Jose Aldo had gone 15 fights unbeaten. He was invincible until 13 seconds went by and Notorious’ left hand hit the side of his jaw. Then he fell like a sack of rocks.
Couple this hard left with the fact that Mayweather has had trouble with southpaws in the past and you have an interesting issue. Fighters such as DeMarcus Corley (May 2004) have rocked Mayweather with strong lefts and McGregor’s left is definitely among the toughest.
The view of those in the know
Not everyone is writing McGregor off.
Nate Diaz, who he had an epic two fight MMA battle with, said that Conor has a “puncher’s chance.” When your punch is as strong as McGregor’s, then that’s a pretty good shot.
Tiernan Bradley is an experienced welterweight who is sparring with McGregor and he said: “My biggest takeaway from the rounds was the pace that we fought at and that he seemed unbreakable.”
Do you hear that? “UNBREAKABLE.”
Has Mayweather ever faced a man who as good at trash talking? No. Why? Because there isn’t anyone.
McGregor has frustrated and antagonised every single one of his opponents in the Octagon and this has affected almost all of their performances. It is sure to happen again as Floyd goes on a world tour with him to promote the fight. Will Mayweather be able to deal with it? Time will tell…
Money, money, money 💵
The money involved in this fight is absolutely ludicrous. It’s beyond crazy.
We are not suggesting that both fighters won’t do their upmost to win, but can you imagine the cash involved if McGregor got an early win and they decided to have a rematch?
These two men, who are already incredibly wealthy, would become billionaires. We’re not calling out conspiracy theories, but it’s definitely something worth thinking about…
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