Floyd Mayweather vs Conor McGregor: Fight Preview
On Saturday, August 26, Floyd Mayweather will battle Conor McGregor in a licensed boxing match that will take place at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. The retired undefeated boxer and UFC champion have been trading verbal jabs for the past couple of months that have hit the sports news, but now the fight is finally upon us.
With the fight taking place in the far west of North America, UK viewers can expect a long night if they wish to fork out to watch the bout. The main event is set to start at 4 AM BST, but may not commence until closer to 5 AM.
Conor McGregor started off at around 9/1 when the fight was first announced but has sunk to as low as 2/1 in the week of the fight. This is likely due to a swell of bettors taking the long odds as, after all, anything can happen in boxing, and McGregor will be an unorthodox opponent.
A recent turn of events have helped add a bit of favour to McGregor – but he is still the extreme underdog coming in – as the NSAC has granted a “one-off exemption” for the fighters to use 8oz gloves rather than the regulated 10oz. This gives McGregor a slight advantage as in the Octagon he’s used to striking with very light gloves.
Floyd Mayweather will most likely utilise his defensive skill to frustrate the inexperienced – in pure boxing that is – Conor McGregor and land plenty of counter-punches to charm the Las Vegas judges. The American, however, hasn’t knocked anyone out since Victor Ortiz in 2011, and McGregor has never been knocked out in the far more diverse and dangerous sport of mixed martial arts, so he should try to take the fight the distance.
Conor McGregor, on the other hand, will need a knockout to win, as it seems very unlikely that he’ll be able to outbox Mayweather over 12 rounds in the eyes of the Las Vegas judges. He has an immense amount of power, is a clinical puncher, incorporates great footwork, and is a bigger man than Mayweather, so his presumably unorthodox methods could rock the 49-0 boxer.
For better or for worse, the world is talking about this much hyped-up fight, and on Saturday night or Sunday morning, either Floyd Mayweather will walk out of Las Vegas at 50-0, or Conor McGregor will have toppled the man that 47 other boxers failed to beat.