Will the Floyd Mayweather Jr and Conor McGregor fight be woth watching or the ultimate joke?
An anticipated fight will take place on August 26, 2017 at the T-Mobile Arena in Paradise, Nevada, featuing undefeated 11-time and 5-division boxing champion Floyd Mayweather versus Conor McGregor, a two-time mixed maritial arts world champion. To many, this bout between the 40-year old Mayweather, Jr and the 28-year old McGregor is nothing more than an overhyped, overpaid dance in the ring.
Mayweather has 26 knockouts and 23 wins by decision, with his most recent knockout on September 17, 2011 against Victor Cruz in the fourth round. McGregor, the mixed martial artist currently fighting in the UFC, is from Ireland and is the current UFC Lightweight Champion, and former UFC Featherweight Champion.
McGregor began boxing as a 12-year old but started professionally in MMA as an 19 year old in 2008. Althought starting his career a relatively mediocre 4-2, McGregor has won 14 of his last 15 fights, his only loss coming aginst Nate Diaz in March of last year.
With such sucess in the UFC, one must wonder why McGregor wanted to get back into boxing. Perhaps the fact that has had the biggest pay-per-view draw in MMA history, lead to the chance for even a bigger payday against a top name boxer, namely Mayweather, Jr.
Mayweather had no interest in fighting again, but said that if McGregor wanted the bout, he’d come out of retirement. The problem was with UFC president Dana White, who said early this year that McGregor was under contract and the fight would never happen. Finally in March, White changed his tune about the potential fight and on May 18, McGregor agreed to all of Mayweather’s terms.
So the battle will commence in a couple months and I don’t see this as being nearly as good as the hyped. We have a 40-year old, albeit it undefeated champion, against a man who hasn’t boxed professionally. Mayweather’s last fight was in September 2015 against Andre Berto and the previous fight in May 2015 was against Manny Pacquiao. Although winning those fights, Mayweather was less than stellar and frankly the bouts were boring. How much boring will this be against a man who has never had a professional fight?
This match is clearly over hyped, and over priced for anyone who wishes to pay to attend. According to Las Vegas Tickets, the cheapest ticket will be over $2,000. That’s money I’d rather put towards down payment on a car. Save your money and your time and avoid this “fight”