Love it or hate it, the Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor fight is really happening.
Boxing’s undefeated pound for pound king returns from a two-year retirement on August 26th to face the UFC’s only con-current two division champion in a 12-round boxing match at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Detractors call this a freak show because McGregor has never competed in a boxing match before, whether as an amateur or a professional. On the other hand, Mayweather has fought the best fighters of his era in the UFC and not a single one of them was even close to defeating him without a submission move. So, what chance does McGregor have in winning this fight?
Boxing experts don’t think that McGregor can land a meaningful punch against boxing’s best defensive fighter ever. Not inside a boxing ring, not with boxing gloves and not with boxing rules. Put them in an MMA cage under MMA rules and it’s another story. But McGregor supporters argue that their man has God-given punching power and that all it takes is one shot to change the tone of the fight.
No One Can Take The Left
Conor McGregor is one of the best strikers in MMA. Striking in MMA includes boxing. And among his compatriots, McGregor is one of the best boxers. Paired against perhaps the best ever in boxing, that’s another story. Still, McGregor possesses otherworldly punching power in his left hand, which he says no one can take. It will be interesting though if he can land it against the defensive genius.
Floyd Mayweather Jr. is looking for win #50 that will separate him from the legendary Rocky Marciano. It was perfect to pick Conor McGregor because not only will he be making the most money against the Irishman, but also because he will toy around with McGregor. Without his kicks to set up his punches, McGregor may be as good as dead against the best boxer of this generation.
Odds and Prediction
The odds here are currently -7000 for Mayweather and +1100 for McGregor. This isn’t even going to be close. Forget the Paulie Malignaggi photos. Mayweather may be 39 but he ain’t no Malignaggi. If McGregor can touch up Malignaggi, he doesn’t have the quickness to catch Mayweather. Also, McGregor’s head movement isn’t good enough for boxing, Floyd is going to target that head like practice.
Still, let’s give it to McGregor and give him the puncher’s chance because he does have some serious power in his left hand. However, he won’t be wearing those four once UFC gloves so that is an advantage to Mayweather. McGregor needs a miracle to win here, which is unlikely but not impossible.This is going to be a huge event for both boxing and MMA but as to the winner, there is no doubt that the boxer beats the non-boxer in a boxing match.
We’re picking Floyd Mayweather to win by unanimous decision, 120-108 across all scorecards