Mayweather and McGregor Set for Record-Breaking Event
Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor are set to face off in the boxing ring on August 26 in what is being described as one of the biggest sporting events in history. Mayweather is coming out of retirement to compete against the UFC star where, if successful, he will bring his professional record up to 50-0.
Mayweather has not been in the ring since he beat Andre Berto in September 2015 in a unanimous points victory. The former pound-for-pound number one has won world titles at five different weight divisions and has had wins over some of the biggest names in the sport over the last couple of decades including Oscar De La Hoya, Shane Mosley and Manny Pacquiao, therefore, he has been the popular selection in the sports betting tips for this fight, where he is 1/4 to come out on top.
McGregor, on the other hand, has never fought in a professional boxing match before and is thus walking into new territory in Vegas. The Irishman has been in an intense training programme for the last six months, though, where he has been working on transferring his MMA skills to boxing.
Such is the appeal of McGregor, the fight is set to break pay-per-view buys around the world and has generated a huge appeal, which was stirred up with faceoffs around the world including in New York, London and Toronto.
When the fight was initially announced, McGregor was as big as 10/1 in the betting to beat Mayweather; however, he is now as low as 3/1 following a strong gamble behind the former UFC world champion.
A victory over Mayweather could see McGregor remain in boxing, where he would be looking to become the first man to win a world title in boxing and MMA. Success for the American, though, is likely to be his last ever fight where he would break the record he currently shares with Rocky Marciano for the most wins without defeat.