It’s almost here…The biggest fight in combat sports for a long time, a boxing bout that in terms of exposure worldwide and money could even eclipse Anthony Joshua vs Wladimir Klitschko, and even Mike Tyson vs Evander Holyfield in the 90’s, as current UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor switches disciplines and steps into a boxing ring with undoubtedly one of the best in the sport, in the shape of 40-year-old Floyd Mayweather.
When this fight was first talked about, many including myself didn’t believe this fight would happen. But after The Notorious one beat Edie Alvarez to become a two weight UFC champion, and after the birth of his son Conor jr, the wheels were put in motion, and the fight was on.
The obligatory world press tour came, with Conor taking the first round in the war of words, culminating in London, in a packed out Wembly Arena, where Conor scored the knockout, and had the crowd eating out his hands.
Mayweather, who is 49-0 in boxing, at times seemed lost in the war of words, and at times not really enamoring himself to the crowds in LA, New York, Vancouver and London, but there is no doubt Floyds words will be in the ring on August 26th. And where else could such a momentous evnt be held, other than the fight capital of the world Las Vegas.
The bout will be fought under boxing rules, with one slight change, as both fighters will be wearing 8oz gloves, as opposed to the standard 10oz that are normally worn. We at Chokehold MMA have had our say on the bout:
For me personally this one is a hard one to pick. Do I listen to my heart, or do I listen to my head. As good as Conor’s striking is, and his left is a bomb, can he make the transition to Mayweathers world. For possibly the first few rounds I believe he can, and I feel this is McGregor’s best chance of winning, within the first 4-5 rounds. I’m not a massive fan of Mayweather, but there is no doubting his skill within boxing, and is possibly the best defensive boxer of all time.
If Conor struggles to finish Mayweather in the opening rounds, it will give Floyd time to assess Conor’s tells, and slip into his form. I am under no illusion once Floyd relaxes into the fight, it will not be the most entertaining of bouts, similar possibly to the Paquiao fight.
At the end of the day I am a MMA guy, always have been and always will be, but as much of a fan I am of McGregor’s, I can’t see past Mayweather for this one. I just think experience will play a massive part. I also think Conor will go in like he did in the first Diaz fight and try and end it early, Mayweather will be playing a game of chess, and it will suit him more. Conor has never really come up against someone so defensive, and I think it will irritate him. It does genuinely pain me to say but I think I will have to go for Mayweather by decision, but every fibre of me wants Conor to prove me wrong.
This is hard one, because of the infamous rumour behind the UFC and sometimes boxing that fights can be “rigged” to suit the timeline further down the line.
I’m gonna go for McGregor, because I do not think the fight would have gone ahead if anyone, like the armchair fans, predicted the fight like we’ve all been told: McGregor will get slaughtered instantly. Furthermore, Floyd raised a very valid point the other night on The Jimmy Kimmel show, that Conor is theoretically undefeated in MMA when he stands up and fights, and that’s very damn true. I feel like it won’t last the full 12 rounds, but probably 7 max. Dana White himself said to Sky Sports that he hopes and believes the fight doesn’t last any longer than 4 rounds.
To put it briefly, I feel McGregor will win by KO, and that his unorthodox style will play a huge part in victory. This will be a fight, not a boxing match, and that’s where McGregor will create distance, using his reach as an advantage, then closing in for the notorious left hand that we all know is devastating.
Like my colleagues, I will also be backing Conor McGregor Saturday night. I truly feel that the training Conor has gone through to become the biggest breakout MMA fighter in the history of MMA will show inside the boxing ring. Think about it, when you are competing in a cage where strikes are coming from the legs, elbows, heavy hands, you have to prepare for just about everything. Connor will have to take his time and work out the movement of Floyd Mayweather cause as we all know he is difficult to land against. On paper Mayweather is favourite to win, but I believe McGregor will defeat him within the 4th or 5th round by knockout. The majority of the boxing fans out there are counting The Notorious out but we will have to see come Saturday.
I feel Conor McGregor will keep his word that this super fight will end inside the fourth round. Even with Floyd Mayweather having an advantage over Conor, with head movement and fast hands. I feel Conor will find his range and deliver the fight ending strike to his opponent. Looking back to previous match-ups Conor has proven time and time again that he can stand and strike with some of the hardest hitting guys in the UFC. I firmly believe that this will not change once he steps into the boxing ring to fight Floyd Mayweather, August 26th in Vegas. This event will surely be one for the books.
In the interest of fairness I have also reached out to a good friend of mine, and friend of the site, A boxing writer by the name of Paul webb, who is a former editor for firstclassboxing.com. A voice for boxing in our sea of MMA.
Vasyl Lomachenko arguably the greatest amateur boxer of all time challenged for a world title fight in just his second pro fight. It was against a tough but limited champion in Orlando Salido. Lomachenko lost, as did Olympic gold medalist Pete Radamacher when he took on Floyd Patterson in his professional debut.
The fact Nevada has allowed this farce to take place just shows that in Vegas money and not safety is king. McGregor isn’t a boxer, never has been and after Saturday likely will never be again.
As good as he is in the octagon, he simply doesn’t have the experience, technique or craft needed to cope in the squared circle. If he boxed British Champion Bradley Skeete he would get knocked out. There’s a lot of lads at area level who also believe they would do the same.
Mayweather may be a detestable human being for the most part, but his talent is undeniable. He is boxing’s greatest defensive fighter and a man who despite his low KO percentage carries power in both hands.
Floyd is too fast for Conor, too intelligent, he has a great chin and has easily handled the likes of Canelo, Pacquiao, Hatton and Cotto. He has boxed since he was a toddler and his professional record is blemish free.
Every round the Irishman survives he gets credit from me, but I don’t expect him to land a single hurtful punch in return. The fight will end when Mayweather decides, no other outcome is possible.
There you have it, our picks for the Mayweather McGregor fight. This will undoubtedly be an event you will tell your kids about. And for a fight to bring both Boxing and MMA fans together on such a huge scale says a lot about the draw these two men bring in their respective disciplines, and will no doubt not be a fight you would want to miss.