Is this a fight that could actually happen? It’s been dissected for over a year now and seems to be picking up steam as a rumored date of August 26 has been targetted for the Conor McGregor vs Floyd Mayweather super fight. Although nothing is official yet, it appears as if the boxing match is now a lock to happen, and ludicrousness aside, it could be the most lucrative fight in the sport’s history.
After Conor McGregor’s win at UFC 205 over Eddie Alvarez, speculation for the mega-fight picked up again, causing social media and sports talk shows to blow up, which resulted in online sportsbook Bovada setting odds for the fight. Unsurprisingly, Floyd Mayweather opened as a HUGE favorite, coming in at -2250, with McGregor coming back at +950. Odds continue to move for the potential bout as the two fighters continue to trade insults through the media.
The interest for the fight is clearly there, but many viewed the likelihood of a possible matchup to be more fantasy than reality. “This fight is a long shot to happen, in my opinion, and McGregor is a bigger long shot if it does happen,” said Bovada sportsbook manager Kevin Bradley after odds for the fight initially opened. “Floyd has never really been hit his entire career against the baddest professional boxers in the world, so Conor will have to shock the world to even lay some leather on Mayweather. Mayweather vs Mcgregor Live Stream, Online Boxing PPV Fight on showtime PPV only .
“Our opening -2250 line on this speculative fight reflects those facts.”
Early analysis from boxing pundits is that Mayweather would absolutely dust McGregor, which is a fair assessment considering McGregor has zero pro boxing experience. For what it’s worth, and it’s not very much, McGregor was an all-Ireland boxing champion during his youth.
Mayweather would bring a perfect 49-0 pro boxing record into the fight. He’s made a living off of his defensive, counterpunching style of boxing, and given McGregor’s lack of experience with bigger gloves, he’d likely have trouble landing significant strikes on Money Mayweather.
If you are looking to cash in on McGregor, however, he does have a number of factors working to his advantage. He’s younger, bigger and has incredible punching power and accuracy. A quick scan of his hit list in the UFC shows he’s put down men who’ve never been KO’d or even dropped before and an argument can be made that he has the best hands in the history of MMA. Another factor to consider is that Mayweather hasn’t fought since September 2015, so there’s no way of knowing how the prolonged layoff might affect the 40-year-old.
Perhaps the biggest roadblock to the bout coming to fruition was McGregor being under contract with the UFC, but with Dana White now on board, the possibility of the fight happening appears to be more real than ever. source