Conor McGregor vs. Floyd Mayweather Jr. Superfight Closer Than Ever
The rumored mega fight between UFC superstar Conor McGregor and boxing champion Floyd Mayweather Jr. took another step towards being more than just a rumor on Thursday.
Per reports, the man known as Notorious signed his end of the deal to make the super fight go live and the ball is now in Mayweather’s court:
— MMAFighting.com (@MMAFighting) May 18, 2017
McGregor said recently that the “first and most important part” of this historic event is done, referring to his own signing of the proposed deal. The rest now follows on Money Mayweather, who has admitted publicly that he’s wanted this hyped bout to go down.
McGregor’s confirmation of an unspecified deal moves this otherwise pipedream fight closer to being a reality, while the news comes just days after UFC showrunner Dana White said that Notorious had reached an agreement for the fight on his end.
White had also suggested that McGregor was open to “two fights” for the remainder of 2017, which likely also gets the hype train moving for the MMA world, as well.
For now, all eyes will be on Mayweather, who still has to finalize this deal with his own signature. It’s unknown yet exactly how close Mayweather is to doing so, the famous fighter has long been concerned about compensation for such a huge fight.
What’s at Stake
The match pits the two-time UFC champion McGregor against arguably boxing’s greatest pound-for-pound champion, Floyd Mayweather Jr. Mayweather has yet to lose in a storied career, compiling a staggering 49-0 record.
A win over McGregor would give him a perfect 50-0 record, while fans of both high level boxing and the MMA world will be wondering if McGregor has the sparring chops to not only hang with a living legend, but even find a way to upset him.
McGregor has nothing to lose going into this potential showdown. Known as one of the better strikers in his own sport, McGregor is probably biting off much more than he can chew, agreeing to a long boxing match with the best professional boxer he could hope to go up against.
The mere possibility of this match has set the boxing world on fire, as many don’t think McGregor has the ability to give Mayweather a remote test. Some don’t feel McGregor deserves such a big fight and that Mayweather’s 50th bout would be better served being spent on more deserving boxing stars such as Manny Pacquiao, Canelo Alvarez or Gennady Golovkin.
Mayweather bypassing those fights for what some call a gimmick bout could be as damaging to his legacy as an actual loss.
Mayweather is Heavy Favorite
While a loss would be pretty catastrophic to Mayweather’s currently impeccable boxing reign, it doesn’t seem all that likely.
The oddsmakers certainly aren’t giving an upset much thought, as top betting sites like Bovada have Money Mayweather as a massive favorite:
Odds to Win
- Mayweather -750
- McGregor +475
As big of a favorite as Mayweather is here, he sports far bigger odds on other sites and even at Bovada we’ve seen his odds be much greater. With the fight becoming more of a reality, it seems some of the top boxing betting sites have taken a step back and are a little hesitant to go all in n Mayweather.
Who Will Win?
Vegas doesn’t seem like they’re giving this fight a knee-jerk reaction, as Mayweather is an amazing boxer that has a long history of either knocking opponents out or keeping dangerous hitters at bay.
Always known for his ability to work the mat and avoid heavy punches, Mayweather’s craftiness and defense alone are going to win him this fight.
We’re not looking for speed or power here, so much as Mayweather not allowing his opponent to execute his strength. McGregor is not a professional boxer, so we can’t expect great technique, ideal footwork, stamina or defense.
The play for Notorious will be locating that one big punch that can hopefully shock the world. For that mere possibility, betting on Conor McGregor feels like a lot of fun. It’s just not overly logical.
Ultimately, Mayweather has seen it all and he obviously views this as an amazing opportunity to increase his fame, pad his wallet and take a fight that he knows he can win in order to reach that prestigious 50-0 mark. Because McGregor isn’t an officially licensed professional boxer it won’t technically count when we look at the professional boxing records, but 50-0 is still 50-0 and depending on how Mayweather wins this bout, he’ll still get credit for it from fans and experts, alike.
McGregor has the speed, power and confidence to shock us, but betting against Mayweather here seems like the wrong move. Then again, until Mayweather officially finalizes this thing with his signature, we’re stuck talking about a fight that has yet to come to fruition. It’s only taken an entire year for us to get to this point, and that by itself might be the point Mayweather and McGregor are trying to make; this is their world and we’re just living in it.
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