After teasing the entire world for what seemed to be forever, Floyd Mayweather Jr. has finally agreed to terms on the fight that everyone is ready for: Floyd Mayweather vs Conor McGregor. After reports earlier in the week that Mayweather’s team had placed a bid to reserve the MGM Grand in Las Vegas on August 26th, Mayweather and McGregor officially agreed to terms for the long-awaited fight. McGregor had earlier agreed to his end of the terms, while Mayweather officially agreed yesterday, confirming so on his Instagram page:
The fight is to be officially fought at 154 pounds at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on August 26th according to UFC president Dana White.
While Mayweather-McGregor is almost certainly going to be a sloppy fight all things considered, it is also almost certainly going to be the most hyped and anticipated boxing match in recent memory. The press conferences are going to be ELECTRIC, the back-and-forth leading up to the fight is going to be ELECTRIC, and the pay-per-view for the fight might just be the most expensive pay-per-view in history. All of this for a fight between a 40-year old and an MMA fighter who has never truly fought in a boxing match before.
Anyone saying that McGregor is definitively going to win is either trolling or has no idea what they are talking about. That being said, I do think that there is a decent chance that this fight goes the distance, or at least goes past the first couple rounds. Floyd is 40 years old, a primarily defensive fighter, and hasn’t won by knockout in his last 7 fights and hasn’t won by TKO in his last 10 fights. Knowing that he blows McGregor out of the water boxing wise, being one of the best boxers to ever live, and the potential embarrassment and career/reputation consequences if he loses, I think that Floyd is going to do a lot of dancing and only strike when Conor opens himself up delivering power punches with his left. He is going to rely on what he does best, knowing that it will most likely result with him getting, at worst, a win by unanimous decision. That being said, McGregor does have perhaps the most powerful left hand in the history of professional fighting, and it would only take one perfect blow to give him the W (key word, PERFECT).
Even with Conor’s incredible skill as an overall fighter, it is hard to see any other outcome than a Floyd W, while a McGregor win would arguably be the biggest upset in the history of modern sports.