So by now everyone knows that the most anticipated fight since Mayweather vs Pacquiao 1 is upon us with the announcement of Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor. These two will go head to head in a true battle of distance, determination, accuracy and power. But perhaps the best part about these two larger than life personalities going at it in the cage is the fact that the press conferences are going to be incredible and produce some of the best sound bites sports have ever seen. Now, let’s take a closer look at the competitors…
Floyd “Money” Mayweather. (49-0 Boxing Record)
Money is looking for exactly that by taking this fight. Floyd sees Conor’s star power as an easy way to cash in and since retiring in 2015 Floyd hasn’t had any sort of cash inflow. Now I’m not sure if Floyd is taking this fight due to those reasons or if it’s due to the fact that he hasn’t been in the spotlight in nearly two years and is craving attention.
“The Notorious” Conor McGregor (21-3 MMA Record)
Conor seems destined to never defend his belt. First he absolutely starches the long-standing 145 pound champion Jose Aldo in 13 seconds to win the UFC Featherweight title. Then he fights twice at a weight 25 pounds heavier than what he has been fighting at his entire UFC career, splitting two fights with the man who put Stockton, California on the map in Nate Diaz as the result. Then he goes and challenges for the 155 pound belt at Madison Square Garden against Lightweight Champion Eddie Alvarez and knocks him out in round two becoming the only simultaneous two-division champion in UFC history. I feel like the UFC would have him milk a cow if it would bring in pay-per-view buys. The man pretty much runs the UFC.
Anyways, Conor has nothing to lose in taking this fight. He realizes it’s the biggest moneymaker that could ever happen to him and pushed and prodded Floyd to get it like the smart man that he is. The fact that it is a Boxing match takes even more pressure off of Conor because no one believes that he can actually win in Floyd’s world, If he loses he was supposed to but if he wins it will be one of the greatest upsets of all time. While boxing is a sphere of Mixed Martial Arts, it is an artwork that Floyd has mastered over decades of training. With all this being said the pressure on Floyd to come out of retirement and destroy Conor will be immense and I believe that is why it took so long for the promoters to make this fight happen. Regardless, Floyd knows that Conor poses a big risk to his undefeated record and should not be taken lightly.
Prediction: On August 26th in Las Vegas, Nevada these two titans of the Pay-Per-View world will take the stage. The tale of the tape will show that Conor possesses a two inch reach advantage and while Floyd has beaten boxers with a longer reach than himself, it is really a matter of how well the competitors use that advantage and if there’s one thing Floyd is a master of it’s distance (If you don’t believe me watch Mayweather vs Pacquiao 2). Unfortunately for those looking to see a knockout I have my doubts about Floyd still having knockout power now that he has reached his 40s and I also don’t see McGregor’s fists of steel cracking Floyd’s chin. I believe that this fight will go the distance and Floyd will end up winning in a lopsided decision.