The current bout that carries the moniker of “Fight of the Century” is nearly here and it has almost the entire world talking about it. Conor McGregor, bad-boy and current king of the MMA arena, will be facing off with Floyd “Money” Mayweather in his first sanctioned boxing match. For non-boxing fans, this might seem crazy — it’s like someone never playing Basketball and then challenging Michael Jordan to a 1v1, right? Maybe. But, McGregor being younger and being a dedicated as well as naturally-gifted combat sports athlete may have tools in his trade to give Mayweather a run for his money. We’re going to have a look at all the fight’s details below:
The fight is happening in the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada; one of the most popular venues for high profile events in the past, and where Conor McGregor beat Nate Diaz on points in his UFC 202 Match. This does mean it’s “home” fight for Mayweather and the audience will likely side heavily with the home fighter.
The fight takes place on Saturday the 26th of August at 9PM Eastern time Stateside, meaning for South African viewers there will need to be an alarm set and a pot of coffee put on because the main event will begin at roughly 5AM on Sunday morning.
Who’s going to win?
As is the norm with these exceptionally lucrative fights, there’s been a lot of trash-talk and smoke and mirrors on both fighters’ parts. They’ve taken highly publicized press tours all the way from London to New York, where both take expletive-laden jabs at one another’s egos, but this routine is par for the course and a popular way to get everyone keyed up for the fight.
McGregor is 29 years old while Mayweather is 40 and has been relatively dormant in terms of boxing for about two full years. That being said, the boxing world seems to agree that Mayweather is comfortably in the driving seat where odds are concerned. He has a vast amount of experience in his undefeated career and is labeled as one of the best defensive fighters in the sport’s history, particularly noted for his ability to tactically evade his opponents and wear them down with disciplined punches.
What are the odds?
The odds match up with what boxing pros and well-informed pundits are all saying; Mayweather effectively has this in the bag – putting his odds as high as 1/11 initially but shrinking somewhat to 2/9 more recently. You can see some more odds and place your bets via desktop or mobile here.
What are the rules?
The rules strictly favour Mayweather as McGregor is making a complete transition from the regulations of MMA into the regulations governing boxing. No kicks or takedowns of any kind, strictly punches in accordance with boxing rules, and the fighters will be wearing 8oz gloves that are heavier than MMA gloves, but slightly lighter than the traditional 10oz gloves used in most boxing matches.
The referee for the match is long-time boxing ref Robert Byrd, an authoritative and no-nonsense referee with a wealth of experience in massive matches. More interesting, though, is the composition of the panel of judges – two Americans; Burt Clements and Dave Moretti, as well as Guido Cavalleri, an Italian. The inclusion of Cavalleri comes as a concession to McGregor’s request to include at least one international judge so that there isn’t a clean sweep of Americans — clearly an attempt to negate any potential bias there may be.
Who do we think will win?
The safe money is on Mayweather, purely due to his vast experience in competitive boxing and his keen knowledge of how to box for points – meaning he knows how to fight in such a way that the points decisions will favor his own performance. His age is a question mark, but McGregor’s departure from MMA into boxing means he’s an unknown entity in many ways, but definitely a less-experienced quantity at the same time. Perhaps all his bravado about people doubting his skillset is true, and he may yet surprises the global audience – but that appears to be an outside possibility at this point.
What does your gut tell you, who’s going to walk away with an absolute mountain in winnings – the experienced head of Money Mayweather or Conor McGregor, the upstart from Dublin? Place your bets via desktop or mobile on who you think will take it!