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Unbeaten boxer Floyd Mayweather will fight UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor in a much-discussed boxing match on Aug. 26 in Las Vegas, a well-placed source told Yahoo Sports on Wednesday. Mayweather and McGregor both confirmed the fight on social media on Wednesday. According to UFC president Dana White, the fight will be at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas and will be contested at 154 pounds. The Nevada Athletic Commission on Wednesday approved the request from Mayweather Promotions to put on a boxing card on Aug. 26 at the MGM Grand. The venue could change, however, to T-Mobile. The bout will be distributed via Showtime pay-per-view. It will be an entirely boxing card. Mayweather Promotions will be the lead promoter. It is a stunning development given that Mayweather, the greatest boxer of his era, had said he was retired after compiling a 49-0 pro record from 1996 through 2015. But with a fight which could pay each man in excess of $100 million, he reconsidered.
originally posted by: JinMI
a reply to: TinySickTears
I hope they both beat the living snot out of eachother for at least 8 rounds. That would make me happy!
I think Connor has the upperhand however based on my minuscule knowledge of either sport.
originally posted by: Illumimasontruth
I honestly think this one will be epic. They are evenly matched in a boxing ring right now as Connor has trained hard working on straight boxing skills and Floyd has been retired awhile but kept in great shape. I'd say The Notorious One probably has slightly more knockout power, and Floyd will have a slight stamina edge on fight night. Both fighters could end it with one flurry, or even one well placed/timed punch.
As a bonus to me, fight is scheduled on my Bday.
originally posted by: Sublimecraft
a reply to: TinySickTears
My wife is Irish - she loves Conor McGregor so on that basis alone I hope Mayweather smashes him.
You're right - McGregor is the most exciting athlete on TV atm - we've watched every one of his fights - indeed this will be a win/win and I honestly couldn't tell you, definitively, who will win this bout.
After Conor McGregor's win at UFC 205 over Eddie Alvarez, speculation for the mega-fight picked up again, causing social media and sports talk shows to blow up, which resulted in online sportsbook Bovada setting odds for the fight. Unsurprisingly, Floyd Mayweather opened as a HUGE favorite, coming in at -2250, with McGregor coming back at +950. Odds continue to move for the potential bout as the two fighters continue to trade insults through the media.
The interest for the fight is clearly there, but many viewed the likelihood of a possible matchup to be more fantasy than reality. “This fight is a long shot to happen, in my opinion, and McGregor is a bigger long shot if it does happen,” said Bovada sportsbook manager Kevin Bradley after odds for the fight initially opened. “Floyd has never really been hit his entire career against the baddest professional boxers in the world, so Conor will have to shock the world to even lay some leather on Mayweather.
“Our opening -2250 line on this speculative fight reflects those facts.” Early analysis from boxing pundits is that Mayweather would absolutely dust McGregor, which is a fair assessment considering McGregor has zero pro boxing experience. For what it’s worth, and it’s not very much, McGregor was an all-Ireland boxing champion during his youth. Mayweather would bring a perfect 49-0 pro boxing record into the fight. He’s made a living off of his defensive, counterpunching style of boxing, and given McGregor’s lack of experience with bigger gloves, he’d likely have trouble landing significant strikes on Money Mayweather.
If you are looking to cash in on McGregor, however, he does have a number of factors working to his advantage. He’s younger, bigger and has incredible punching power and accuracy. A quick scan of his hit list in the UFC shows he’s put down men who’ve never been KO’d or even dropped before and an argument can be made that he has the best hands in the history of MMA. Another factor to consider is that Mayweather hasn’t fought since September 2015, so there’s no way of knowing how the prolonged layoff might affect the 40-year-old. Perhaps the biggest roadblock to the bout coming to fruition was McGregor being under contract with the UFC, but with Dana White now on board, the possibility of the fight happening appears to be more real than ever. Floyd Mayweather vs Conor McGregor Odds as of June 14 at Bovada
Floyd Mayweather -800 Conor McGregor +500