Conor McGregor vs Floyd Mayweather
At 5am on Sunday morning Conor McGregor will take on Floyd Mayweather in what many regard as the biggest, and most ludacris, boxing match of all time. While the fight is almost guaranteed to break box office and purse records, with each fighter expected to earn clear of £100 million, many are criticising it for placing arguably the greatest boxer of all time against a man who has never fought a boxing match.
Lennox Lewis, former world heavyweight champion, derided the fight as a “farce” and said that while “there is tremendous build-up and hype” he doesn’t “take it as a serious fight”. His comments speak to many boxing fans concerns, who are wondering if victory or defeat for Mayweather will count towards his boxing record. His record now stands at 49 fights unbeaten. If he was to beat Conor McGregor he would surpass the record of Rocky Marciano, a former world heavyweight champion.
Described as a master of defence and proud of his ability to avoid punches, Mayweather has made a career out of being able to avoid taking damage. However, the boxer has hinted at changing his tactics, stating that he owed the fans a knock out. He referred to the Manny Pacquiao fight as an example, claiming that their had been a lot of hype and he was disappointed he couldn’t give the fans what they wanted.
Mayweather’s aggressive words mirror Conor’s attitude towards the flight. The Irishman is known as a knock out artist and many people are wondering if Mayweather will come unstuck if McGregor manages to land a punch. McGregor has claimed that he will knock out the American in just two rounds as the two men did their final bits of promotion before the big fight. McGregor has plans to go to Ibiza straight after the fight to celebrate his victory, along with the wedding of two of his childhood friends while Floyd has claimed that the money will go straight into his children’s pockets.
Many bookmakers think that, despite being older, Mayweather will conquer the young UFC king. William Hill, Coral and Ladbrookes all rate a Mayweather win at 2/9. MCgregor on the other hand has been given 7/2 by BETFRED and Skybet.