Floyd Mayweather vs Conor McGregor Fight: 10 things you need to know

Two years ago, Floyd Mayweather took on Manny Pacquiao in at that time the biggest pay-per-view event in history. Mayweather won this contest and extended his undefeated record at that time to 48-0. Now here we stand just nine days away from one of the most talked about events of the summer: Mayweather vs McGregor.

Floyd Mayweather vs Conor McGregor

Floyd Mayweather vs Conor McGregor Fight

Now, this has been the fight that everyone is talking about. Floyd Mayweather has never backed down from a fight and Connor McGregor is fairly confident that the transition from the UFC to Boxing will be no issue. Here are the ten numbers you need to know before next Saturday’s fight.

3: Can Floyd Mayweather make it a perfect 50-0? Connor McGregor has three losses in his MMA career, all to submission. The fact that McGregor has never lost to a KO or TKO could benefit him in the boxing ring to take the match the full 12 rounds.

44: The two fighters coming into this bout have had 44 combined knockouts (18 for McGregor and 26 for Mayweather). Floyd Mayweather has not knocked out an opponent since Victor Ortiz in 2011 and Connor McGregor’s last fight ended with him knocking out Eddie Alvarez.

11: Floyd Mayweather is the seasoned veteran in this fight, coming in at 11 years older than McGregor. McGregor being over a decade younger could play an impact if the fight goes into the later rounds and Mayweather might not be able to dodge the haymakers that McGregor will attempt to throw.

60,000,000: Ticket sales have already eclipsed 60 million dollars with the average tickets going for just under 3,700 dollars right now. Ringside seats are quoted at approximately 10,000 dollars but have seen going as high as approximately 170,000 dollars a ticket.

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89.95: Just in case you can’t afford the almost 4,000 dollar ticket, there is good news! The price of the fight is 89.95 (99.95 for HD). There also a multitude of bars and restaurants that will be charging cover to watch the fight just in case you want to pay even less for what many regard as the fight of the century.

4: Connor McGregor has been very vocal about how he believes that he will beat Floyd Mayweather inside four rounds. Many believe that McGregor will get his shot to land a haymaker on Floyd. But, the question is how many opportunities will McGregor get with Mayweather’s great agility?

8: The NSAC has approved a special exception for McGregor and Mayweather to wear eight ounce gloves instead of the traditional ten ounce gloves that are worn for fights above 147 pounds. McGregor’s gloves for MMA are weighing in at four ounces, so it will be intriguing to see if this weight change has any impact on him.

One Billion: With the predicted numbers coming into this fight for the purse, Floyd Mayweather will become the third ever athlete to gain 1 billion dollars from career earnings. The other two? Michael Jordan and Tiger Woods, this is an elite group of athletes to join.

36 Minutes: Floyd Mayweather has already come out and said that he is more than happy to fight for 36 minutes in order to earn a 300 million dollar paycheck. Will McGregor have the stamina to last all 12 rounds if this fight goes the distance?

2: Connor McGregor does indeed have a two inch reach advantage at 74 inches over Mayweather’s 72. This might play a factor in having McGregor land that one big punch that some are hoping he is able to land on Floyd and knock him out.

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Mayweather vs McGregor Fight can be seen on Showtime on August 26th at nine pm. It’ll be viewed by millions of people across the world and all the debates will finally be squashed when these two extraordinary athletes take the ring in just nine days to see who will come out as victor.

Conor McGregor can beat Floyd Mayweather

The 3 ways Conor McGregor can beat Floyd Mayweather

One of the most astonishing things about Conor McGregor Aug. 26 fight with Floyd Mayweather is that the Irishman is not a bigger underdog with Las Vegas oddsmakers.

Despite McGregor, the Ultimate Fighting Championship star, never having boxed competitively, Mayweather is priced at minus-500 (a $500 wager wins $100), shorter than the minus-700 when he fought future Hall of Famer Miguel Cotto in 2012.

Such odds typically indicate money wagered rather than a reflection of the chance of one side winning. Yet even among boxing sages McGregor’s hopes are being talked up more than expected.

But how could he possibly hope to do it? How could Mayweather’s defensive gifts and flawless technique be unpicked by a rookie? There are some ideas percolating, some far-fetched, others offering some potential.

Conor McGregor can beat Floyd Mayweather

1. The puncher’s chance

First is the concept of the puncher’s chance, which has been used to drum up interest in countless lopsided boxing matches. In theory, it makes sense. However dominant a superior technical boxer has been, a single punch can always end a contest if it connects correctly.

“Anywhere on the dome,” McGregor taunted Mayweather during their media tour last month, meaning that his punching power is so strong that if he lands on any part of Mayweather’s head it has the potential to knock him out.

Despite it being a boxing term, the “puncher’s chance” is often discussed in mixed martial arts. Former McGregor opponents Nate Diaz and Eddy Alvarez say that an early knockout is McGregor’s only hope and that swinging for a monstrous head shot is his best chance. Holly Holm, who was world boxing champion before heading to the UFC and defeating Ronda Rousey, agreed.

“It will be easier for Mayweather … the longer the fight goes,” Holm told MMAfighting.com. “If McGregor wins, it will be in the early rounds. Anything can happen.”

However, of the boxing believers, the thought of Mayweather getting beat early is unthinkable. Many have tried a swarming, headhunting approach before, and haven’t gotten anywhere near him.

2. Get in Mayweather’s head

Heavyweight legend George Foreman says there is another way McGregor can get his teeth into the fight, by frustrating and toying with Mayweather’s psyche.

“The last thing Mayweather wants is to be embarrassed,” Foreman told USA TODAY Sports. “Even if McGregor goes 12 rounds that would be a huge moral victory for McGregor, so Floyd is under some pressure.

“Mayweather doesn’t expect to get hit. If McGregor can get at him and land a couple of shots, then run around the ring and stay out of trouble, that is going to make Mayweather mad. That is when you might be able to exploit an opening. If you play it Mayweather’s way, which true boxers have to do because they are raised that way, there is no chance. McGregor has the freedom to be different.”

Abel Sanchez, trainer of Gennady Golovkin, also says McGregor has to find a way to irk Mayweather, though his preferred approach would be a little more high-octane. Sanchez insisted McGregor needs to focus not on a knockout, but on letting his fists fly.

“He has to try to hit him anywhere, face, body, chest, doesn’t matter,” Sanchez said. “He needs to let Mayweather feel he is there and force some kind of reaction.”

3. Be physical (and dirty)

One key universally agreed upon is that McGregor must try to get Mayweather out of his defensive comfort zone.

Rugged and tenacious, Argentina’s Marcos Maidana gave Mayweather one of his most difficult battles in 2014 by fighting on the inside, grabbing, clinching, keeping things tight, holding and wrestling. Maidana lost by majority decision, one judge scoring the bout a draw.

McGregor can get some benefit by doing the same, although any attempt to use MMA-style maneuvers is a non-starter, as stipulated in the fight contract, according to UFC president Dana White.

A bit of sly rough stuff, however, may serve McGregor well, particularly if he can keep it out of the referee’s view. It may have the dual effect of riling up Mayweather and also tiring the 40-year-old.

Foreman, welterweight icon Thomas Hearns, ex-heavyweight champ Evander Holyfield, a swath of UFC stars and White himself all say that being physical and uncompromising is the way to go for McGregor.

The problem may come in what leniency is allowed by the official, who is still yet to be named, and will have to be approved by Mayweather. If the ref clamps down quickly every time McGregor tries to work inside, it would work in Mayweather’s favor.

Critics of the former pound-for-pound boxing champion say that he enjoys too many unfair advantages, from the size and weight of the gloves, to the fact that he always fights in his hometown of Las Vegas, with referees familiar with him and his style.

As if any more of an edge was needed. Let’s not forget Mayweather is 49-0 as a pro boxer, with wins in 26 world title fights. The only other times he has come up against a boxing debutant, was in the first and fourth fights of his career. McGregor vs Mayweather Fight

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Mayweather vs McGregor becomes biggest in boxing betting history

Mayweather vs McGregor becomes biggest in boxing betting history

Floyd Mayweather mega-fight with Conor McGregor has smashed bookies records, according to a leading betting company. Punters have splurged more than £11.3MILLION with one bookmaker on the cross-sports bout which will take place on August 26 at Las Vegas’ T-Mobile Arena.

It is now the most bet on boxing event in Betfair history.

The last record of £8.9m in bets was set by Mayweather when he collided with Filipino slugger Manny Pacquiao in 2015.

Betfair are predicting a staggering £50M of wagers will have been placed on the fight in total by the time the first bell rings.

Katie Baylis, a Betfair spokesperson, said: “With £11.3m bet on the outcome alone already, this is now the biggest boxing betting event in Betfair history.

“We expect this fight to trade well over £50m and could even get to the £100m mark, which would be one of our biggest sporting events of all time.

“Floyd Mayweather is the 1/5 favourite, with Conor McGregor at 5/1. As you would expect, most of the money is for Mayweather, however 40 per cent of bets are on McGregor, compared to 34 per cent on Mayweather and 26 per cent on the draw.

“The biggest single bet was £100k on Mayweather at the start of the month and we are sure to see plenty more bets of this nature as we edge closer to this massive sporting event.”

Mayweather vs McGregor Fight in 19 days at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on August 26.

Mayweather vs McGregor becomes biggest in boxing betting history

Floyd Mayweather vs Conor McGregor Viewing Guide

Date: Saturday Aug. 26, 2017

Venue: T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada

Watch: Showtime (PPV)

Rules: Standard Boxing, 10-ounce gloves, 12-round fight

Weight Class: Super Welterweight – 154 Pounds

Updated Odds

Floyd Mayweather Victory -700
Conor McGregor Victory +500
Draw +3300

Tale of the Tape

Floyd Mayweather Name Conor McGregor
Grand Rapids, Michigan From Dublin, Ireland
Boxing Discipline MMA
Orthodox Style Southpaw
49-0 (26 KO) Record 21-3 (18 KO)
40 Age 28
5’8” Height 5’9”
154 Weight (lbs.) 154
72” Reach 74”
5-Division Undefeated Champion Achievements 2-Division MMA Champion
$1.3 billion Earnings $34 million

Price’s Take

The buzz surrounding Conor McGregor has reached a fever pitch over the past few weeks and it seems to have given the public an itch to bet on the Irishman. There’s been a flurry of bets in the five-figure range, including a reported $35,000 wager at South Point sportsbook for a McGregor victory by knockout at 6-1. Another person bet a total of $150,000 on a McGregor win at William Hill sportsbook.

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Floyd Mayweather vs Conor McGregor Is Second-Biggest Possible Fight

Floyd Mayweather vs Conor McGregor Fight

Floyd Mayweather vs Conor McGregor Is Second-Biggest Possible Fight

I’ve never seen Conor McGregor fight. I don’t watch or care about MMA. That’s not a statement about, or condemnation of, McGregor or MMA; it speaks only to my own preferences and biases.

So this is a piece I’d never have written without Deadspin or someone suggesting it to me and offering to pay me for it. I’d have ignored the fight otherwise.

But lately, at the urging of friends and as a requirement for writing this article, I’ve watched some videos of McGregor training and sparring in preparation for his upcoming fight against Floyd Mayweather, Jr. They baffle me. I can’t figure out whether McGregor is a deluded megalomaniac who actually believes he can box, a total beginner who doesn’t care that he can’t box, or a performance artist with an agenda, deliberately presenting himself as the least gifted, most buffoonish prizefighter imaginable as a way to fuck with Mayweather’s followers. It’s not just that he’s a novice; it’s that he’s a talentless novice. No one could have taught him to be a good fighter, no matter how early in his life they’d gotten him started.

I wonder whether if at some level McGregor’s supporters are in denial about how entirely his usual fighting options will be unavailable to him in this fight. If McGregor were confined solely to boxing, Mayweather’s dad, Floyd Mayweather Sr., now 64 years old, would kick the shit out of him.

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The Score Floyd Mayweather May Be Too Dumb (Or Proud) To Make

Floyd Mayweather, Jr. is the most successful fighter in boxing history. He’s a very good fighter, maybe even better than very good, but his success is predicated more on knowing how to call his own shots, astute matchmaking, an uncanny aptitude for reading the public, an unpleasant persona that guarantees that people will pay to see him get beat, and a cynicism for boxing fans that borders on contempt than on any extraordinary accomplishments in the ring.

If he didn’t care about the legacy he single-handedly constructed (and, as a brilliant con man playing out the string at the end of a long, long con, he shouldn’t care), his final stroke of genius would have been to bet against himself at the beginning of the odds cycle during the very brief time they were 225-1—before jackpot hunters and McGregor hysteria brought the line closer—and then lose the fight in a freakish manner that didn’t hurt his reputation or foreclose the possibility of a redemptive rematch and would allow him to walk away with an additional hundred million dollars or more.

That would be the ultimate fuck you. I don’t think Mayweather is smart enough or secure enough to pull it off.

I don’t know how much of this strange entertainment has been prearranged. Maybe none or maybe all. And maybe there’s a kind of compromise that allows both fighters to leave doors open and not lose face. The often prescient boxing writer Frank Lotierzo believes that Mayweather will allow McGregor to make it through the 12 rounds, enabling self-serving post-fight narratives from both parties.

Although history has taught me to disagree with Frank at my own peril, I don’t think Mayweather will let things go to the scorecards. Even though Mayweather himself is the architect of the TBE (“the best ever”) promotional tool, he’s a mark for that designation. It may be that he cares so much for his self-invented legacy that—no matter the incentive—his ego will not allow it to be tarnished beyond the obvious shine it loses just from agreeing to fight someone whose record is 0-0.

Make no mistake: If this fight is entirely on the level, Mayweather wins it any way he wants, any time he wants.

Some Boxing Statistics And Some Sour Grapes

Let me get this out of the way up front: I don’t begrudge a person earning their money. If that money is a fortune made by hoodwinking suckers, more power to the hustler. So I admire McGregor, to an extent. He’s done brilliantly on his own in MMA, and has now latched onto the tail of Mayweather’s GNP-level income comet, which will take him places unheard of in his own sport.

Still, because I grew up loving boxing, and in many ways continue to love it, I feel compelled to add a little context to what’s going on with McGregor.

The two greatest boxers who ever lived—take your pick as to which order they should be placed as long as we’re agreed that they’re numbers one and two—were Sugar Ray Robinson and Harry Greb.

Before his death at age 32, Harry Greb had at least 298 fights, of which he won 262 with 18 losses, about half of which were disputed. He drew 18 times, too.

Sugar Ray Robinson fought 200 times, winning 173, drawing six, and losing 19, all but one loss occurring when he was over the age of 30, and the last 10 after he’d passed 40.

That’s 498 fights between them, with 435 wins, 24 draws, and 37 losses.

In his fourth pro fight, Greb dropped a newspaper decision to Hooks Evans, who was 1-2 at the time (but 15-5-7 in the newspaper decision era). It’s the only defeat either he or Robinson had to anyone with a losing record.

Even taking into account inflation adjustments on the dollar, it’s a near certainty that the combined career ring earnings of Robinson and Greb will not equal what Conor McGregor will pull in for his first professional fight.

In that fight, he will (or should) suffer a knockout loss. Make of this all what you will.

Who’s Bringing These Odds Down?

Betting on a fight isn’t like betting on a horse race. The price you get represents what the odds were at the moment that you placed your bet. Subsequent fluctuations have no bearing on what your payoff will be. Typically, in an emotionally fraught “event” kind of fight, the odds will be fueled by hysteria, opening at something like true value, and then frantically adjusting back and forth as each side either revels in or panics at the numbers they’re seeing.

Obviously, the primary reason that the odds dropped from their opening line of 225-1 is because odds that wide inspire an onslaught of lottery betting. Thoughts of Buster Douglas at 42-1 leap to the minds of those wagering, along with freaky scenarios that produce a wildly improbable Conor McGregor result. Put another way, at 225-1 many people will bet on anything.

That’s nowhere near the only reason, however. This is one of those rare, emotionally charged fights where the underdog’s followers are nearly messianic in their fervor.

This hopeful statement is characteristic of how many of McGregor’s fans see him and his chances. “I believe in my gut.” I’m not dismissing the value of intuition, even as it applies to boxing matches. I’ll suggest, though, that it probably applies more reasonably to a fight like Marvin Hagler vs. Thomas Hearns than to one between an elite, undefeated boxer with genius-level matchmaking skills and a debuting opponent.

Still, I have a feeling we’re going to see a lot of “my gut says he’ll win” bets, and those will continue to bring the odds down.

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Odds: started at 225-1, currently 4-1 Mayweather

Mayweather’s masterpiece. TBE. The Best Ever, hands down. Forget Tex Rickard and Don King as promoters, Doc Kearns or Ray Arcel as managers, Bruce Trampler or Harry Markson as matchmakers, or Abe Attell or Frankie Carbo as fight-fixing gamblers; as great as they all were and are, Mayweather’s August 26th score eclipses anything anyone has done in boxing outside of the ring. If he doesn’t make another hundred million betting on the fight (one way or another), he will still walk away with more than $60 million for facing the single most ill-equipped, unprepared opponent a championship-caliber fighter has ever found in the opposite corner. Every wiseguy who has ever engineered a Help Yourself money grab is shaking his head in stunned admiration. Floyd Mayweather, Jr. is the Sugar Ray Robinson of promoters, managers, and matchmakers. Mayweather vs McGregor

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Mayweather vs McGregor: Fight date, venue, odds and more

Mayweather vs McGregor: Fight date, venue, odds and more

The megafight between two-division UFC champion Conor McGregor and unbeaten welterweight boxing champ Floyd Mayweather Jr. is now less than a month away, and bettors continue to support the underdog Irishman despite this being his first professional boxing match. Big Upcoming Boxing match between Mayweather vs McGregor.

When is Mayweather vs McGregor Fight?

Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs Conor McGregor will take place at the T-Mobile Arena in Paradise, Nevada on August 26, 2017.

Where is the fight being held?

The T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas is hosting the boxing match. The Venue has a capacity of 20,000 for this kind of contest.

Who is on the undercard?

Three names have been confirmed for the undercard of Mayweather v McGregor although none have an opponent yet.

Floyd’s protege Gervonta Davis (18-0) is going to defend his IBF super featherweight title for the second time after beating Liam Walsh in London in May.

Fellow Money Team member Badou Jack is also in action as he steps up to light heavyweight having drawn with James Degale in their super middleweight world title unification last time out.

There is also a pro debut for British amateur star Savannah Marshall who has signed up with Mayweather’s promotional company.

What weight will the fight be at?

UFC President Dana White confirmed that they will box at the light middleweight limit of 154 pounds.

Live Coverage

Showtime are in talks with both Sky Sports and ITV over the UK broadcast rights for the fight between Mayweather and McGregor.

Showtime’s HD package will cost viewers in the US $99.95.

Betting Odds

Floyd Mayweather to win: 1/10

Conor McGregor to win: 5/1

Draw: 33/1

What They Said

Speaking about their recent four-leg international media tour, McGregor said: “The tour became a verbal battle that people were scoring and I didn’t anticipate it being so back and forth.

“If we are going to score it then f*** it, let’s do that – I smoked him on all four rounds.

“LA was a 10-9, my suit went viral, Toronto was a wipeout 10-7 because he was dropped twice.

“I won New York and then here I smoked him again. For a 40-year-old man he has his childish ways and that’s amusing. This is a ruthless business and I am ruthless.”

“They call that jealousy. It comes with the territory. This is big for both MMA and the boxing world. This is huge,” Mayweather said.

“Every MMA guy is trying to fight a boxer. A fight like this can only happen once in a lifetime. This is a very, very big event.

“It took more than just myself to make this fight happen, but to make a fight of this magnitude happen I had to be involved.”