Boxing fans are gearing up over what is considered as the match of the millennium. Touted as the "The Money Fight", the fight between these two champs certainly deserves the hype it is getting. Floyd Mayweather Jr., the undefeated five-division boxing champion, versus Conor McGregor, the current UFC Lightweight Champion, whose sudden shift to boxing has taken Mayweather out of retirement.
Although there are varying speculations over the fight, with some saying that it is a money-spinning abomination, it is without doubt a match that you should not miss to watch or bet on. Can Mayweather keep his no-loss record or does McGregor even have the chance? We all will be able to find that out on August 26, 2017.
There is no doubt that Mayweather is the current favorite to win the bout. However, those who are not a big fan of the boxing genius will surely be putting their money on McGregor. But since this will be his debut match and that he is not a full-fledged boxer yet, many are skeptic as to his chances of winning. Hopefully he does not try any MMA moves as there will be really huge sanctions and penalties for him. Being able to kick, grapple, and carry choke holds is something common to MMA fighting, but not in boxing. If those old instincts kick in during the fight, it will be McGregor's bank account that will surely take the hit.
The purses for the fight are truly huge. Mayweather is expected to earn at least $100 million, increasing up to four times if the event achieves all of its metrics. McGregor, on the other hand, is expected to earn $75 million. Both fighters have signed confidential agreements and are prohibited from publicly announcing any financial details on how much they will be getting from the fight.
Unlike other boxing matches wherein it is easy to tell on who has the advantage based on statistics and experience, the fact that this fight is on the uncommon side makes it harder to determine due to the lack of boxing figures from the MMA fighter. Even though this will be McGregor's debut match and is thus considered the underdog for this fight, we still have yet to see his fighting prowess in boxing.
Going through the records, Floyd Mayweather Jr. stands at 5 feet 8 inches, is an orthodox fighter with 49 wins and 0 losses under his belt, and has a reach of 72 inches. The contender, Conor McGregor, stands at 5 feet 9 inches, is a southpaw fighter, has 21 wins and 3 losses in MMA, and has a reach of 74 inches. Both fighter will be fighting in the light-middleweight class which is 154 lbs max.
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