It’s official! After a year of speculation the ‘half a billion dollar’ fight has finally been made. The best MMA has to offer will finally face the best boxing has to offer. A fight that has been demanded by many. Perhaps the biggest fight of all time.
The fight will take place on the 26th of August in Las Vegas. The location is yet to be officially confirmed although the MGM Grand is strongly rumoured, although UFC president Dana White has said it will be held at the newly built T-Mobile Arena. The fight will be televised on Showtime pay-per-view.
Both fighters wanted this fight desperately. McGregor has put his UFC career on hold in order to get this done, it gives him even more exposure to the mainstream world but more importantly it gives him a pay cheque a UFC fight never could. It’s clear Floyd wanted this badly too, after all he was the one to first mention the fight over a year ago. Mayweather Jr. is notorious for dragging out negotiations until they suit him, but this seemed different, almost as if he accepts the pulling power of McGregor and has made things almost as fair as he could. For a huge Mayweather fight the negotiations were very quick, the Pacquiao fight took years to make. Another thing worth noting is that the fight is taking place at 154lbs something that very much suits McGregor and is arguably his perfect weight.
The truth is there was too much money and too much demand for this fight not to be made. The concept is ridiculous, even if it is interesting. And in truth should have never been sanctioned. If McGregor wasn’t such a big name this would have never come to fruition. If Anthony Pettis or Tony Ferguson had called for a cross over bout, they would have been laughed at by Dana White, a testament to what the ‘Notorious one’ can do.
This fight says a lot about the two fighters on hand. One considers himself the greatest boxer of all time, yet he wants to reach 50-0 by a fighting someone who has never competed professionally in the sport before. The other is the biggest name in combat sports willing to compete against the best of his generation in a sport where he has not competed in before, risking his reputation, pulling power and more.
It has been a huge argument in the build up to this fight as to who the ‘A side’ is in this bout. But for the first time in each others careers, their opponent will take a much needed weight off their shoulders when it comes to promoting the fight. Perhaps this is why Mayweather was happy to be fair at negotiating table.
If we’re being honest, there can only be one winner in this fight and that is of course ‘Money’ Mayweather. It’s true anything can happen, but it won’t, not here. The truth is Mayweather is simply too good. De La Hoya, Hatton, Cotto, Canelo and Pacquiao have all tried to defeat Mayweather and they’ve all fallen short. Conor may have some of the best hands in combat sport but he simply doesn’t have the experience to overcome the self proclaimed G.O.A.T. McGregor may land, but not often and he will miss much more and waste his energy, whereas Floyd will dance around him and throw shots when and where he wants. In my opinion the fight it self could well be a circus act, made even funnier by the fact McGregor has a clause in his contract which states if he kicks Mayweather it will lead to a lawsuit. The fight itself represents the direction both MMA and boxing are heading, greed over legitimacy.
I imagine the fight will go the distance in clear favour of Mayweather. Mayweather’s hands have taken a beating over the course of his career and its clear any knock out power he did have has vanished, therefore I can’t see Floyd getting the KO especially as McGregor has a solid chin and has taken very little damage over the course of his career. I can see Conor chasing the big knock out punch and failing, causing fatigue and a possible TKO for Floyd, although unlikely.
Who cares if its a poor fight, we’re all going to tune in aren’t we?