ALL WORK IS WHAT?! HARD WORK. After inking the biggest fight in combat sports history back in June and a world tour of press conferences that included stops in Los Angeles, Toronto, Brooklyn and London, the Mayweather vs McGregor superfight is finally here. Both fighters will face off for the last time at the Las Vegas weigh in at 6 PM. EST before they finally meet again in the ring with the 8 ounce gloves on Saturday night.
At 40-years-old Floyd returns from a nearly two-year retirement since defeating Andre Berto in 2015. With a victory Saturday night over Conor McGregor, Mayweather will pass Rocky Marciano’s 49-0 record and become the winningest fighter in combat sports history undefeated at 50-0. Floyd currently sits at only a -550 favorite, significantly lower than when the fight odds came out earlier in the summer.
Money Mayweather will also become the third athlete to ever cross the billion dollar career earnings mark once he steps in the ring August 26th, as experts estimate he will walk away with between $200-300 million at the end of the night, with McGregor on the B-side taking home around $100 million, nearly quadrupling his net worth. A win-win all around, from the fans, to the fighters and the sport.
The two biggest stars in combat sports has UFC and boxing worlds colliding. Hype for the event is sky-high as A-list celebs and NBA ballers LeBron James, Kobe Bryant and Steph Curry will be in attendance. Both fighters believe they will knock out each other and have repeatedly said this bout won’t be going the distance. So that’s the tale of the tape, do we leave disappointed in purchasing a $99.99 PPV as Floyd cruises to his 50th victory or do the fans witness the best sports moment in history with McGregor leaving Mayweather KO’d on the mat?
LordTreeSap: Being in attendance for the Brooklyn stop of the May-Mac World Tour had me fired up for a fight that was still over a month away. Conor may be the best athlete to ever grace the mic, his skills are unmatched and his ability to take over a room is never before seen. Heck, he almost had me convinced he would actually be the first person to ever defeat Floyd.
Saturday, Aug 26, 2017
C McGregor +400
F Mayweather -550
tickets: 92% McGregor (11-1 ratio)
money: 77% Mayweather
— Jeff Sherman (@golfodds) August 25, 2017
Then I came back to reality. Conor isn’t even a boxer and he’s going against the best to ever do it, though well out of his prime. This is going to be an A+ event, starting with my girl Demi Lovato singing the national anthem, and anyone who is anyone is going to be in the T-Mobile Arena Saturday night. With a build up like this there’s no shot the quality of the fight will live up to the hype. I see Mayweather toying with McGregor and having his way with the 29-year-old southpaw, shoulder-rolling his way out of Conor’s attempt at lefty haymakers.
Floyd hasn’t had a legit knockout since Ricky Hatton in 2007, (I don’t count the Victor Ortiz KO in 2011) so I don’t think he will KO Conor clean like some believe. I have the 12-time champion stringing this out until around the 8th round where the referee will stop the fight to avoid further punishment, but this will leave the door open for a rematch with the bout going nearly the distance. Sorry people, like I told you two years ago you’d leave disappointed with Mayweather-Pacquiao, it happens again Saturday night.
Mayweather by TKO Round 8
DG: It seems like these guys have been promoting this fight for 2 years when in fact, the fight became official on June 14. This is without a doubt the biggest spectacle in combat sports since Tyson v. Holyfield (HB that I know boxing). It’s even bigger than Pacquiao v. Mayweather because of the the promotion and two personalities. Pacquiao is a nice soft spoken guy who just goes about his business. Conor McGregor is the complete opposite and it is awesome.
I try not to look into pre-fight stuff too much especially a week before the fight. If you’re ready to fight, then you’re ready to fight. You can’t do anything the night before a fight that will improve your chances the next day. There’s no more strategy to implement and you went over everything during your camp.
That being said, I watched the first two episodes of the UFC Embedded series and both guys are completely preparing for this fight differently. On one hand, Conor was still training hard even up to this week. Yes, he took a break to play some laser tag, but come on. That looked sick. You can see the focus and committment in his eyes.
On the other side, Mayweather is as cool as a cucumber. I don’t even think they showed one second of him training or something as simple as running. He was fooling around with his boys, eating chicken wings and eating Burger King. Why should he worry? He’s 49-0. Why change your mindset now? Like I said, I don’t look too much into the week before a fight, but Floyd has to have Conor on his radar a little bit, no? Conor does not want to beat Floyd. He wants to knock him out. Floyd has also said he’s going to knockout Conor, but I don’t think that will happen either. I don’t know. Maybe I’m overlooking it, but it sounds like Conor is taking this wayyyyyy more seriously than Floyd.
Who wins? You have to be crazy to think McGregor is going to win. Well, I have drank the kool-aid folks and I can tell you that it tastes like Guinness. Conor McGregor has a legitimate chance to win this fight. Yes, he’s not going to pick apart Floyd and carve him up technically. That’s Floyd’s game as the best counter puncher probably ever. Everything just seems to be taking me to McGregor. Everything he’s wanted, he’s gotten. He wanted this fight when everyone thought it was a long shot. He got the big pay day. You want to fight with lighter gloves? Boom, we’ll fight with lighter gloves.
You want to win this fight Conor? Boom, left hand to the face.
Conor McGregor for the win. For shits and gigs, I’ll say knockout in the 6th round.
Contact your local cable provider to order Mayweather vs. McGregor on August 26 at 9 p.m. EST on Showtime Pay-Per-View for $99.99.