Floyd Mayweather vs Conor McGregor fight confirmed
Floyd Mayweather vs Conor McGregor fight confirmed
16 Junio, 2017, 05:33
As the drumbeat for a Floyd Mayweather-Conor McGregor fight grew progressively louder over the past two years - culminating in Wednesday's announcement that the boxing match between the pugilist and the mixed martial artist would take place August 26 in Las Vegas - one constant remained: The bout would be interesting in theory but a bloodbath on paper, with Mayweather wiping the floor with McGregor. Forbes reports each fighter could take home more than $100 million for the fight. Though he hasn't boxed professionally, McGregor did box while growing up and is known for his striking expertise in UFC. The left-hander is known for his aggressive style and counterpunching, earning 18 of his 21 UFC wins by knockout.
"People will think I'm insane and people will go mad about this but, mark my words, Conor McGregor is going to knock Floyd Mayweather out cold", he told Sky Sports. "I love what McGregor does, and did, to get this fight", she said.
His three career losses - including a March, 2016 fall to Nate Diaz - have all come by way of submission.
Even White, who was initially skeptical about putting his star in a boxing match, seems ready now to push the idea that he could actually win. More than that, however, is the fact that Mayweather is undefeated. It is not clear whether father and son will be reunited for another bout.
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After posting a video on April 20 in which he shadowboxed and insulted Mayweather's courage, McGregor took a brief break from his social media pursuit of Mayweather after his first son was born in May.
The fight will take place at the T-Mobile Arena on the Las Vegas Strip and will likely make for a huge weekend for strip casino and hotel operators such as Las Vegas Sands Corp.
The last time Mayweather fought was against Andre Berto in 2015 which he won by way of unanimous decision.
"According to him, he's going to fight", White said.
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This is not to say McGregor is bereft of advantages.
They will fight over 12 rounds in Las Vegas, the American's home for more than a decade, and they will fight at 154lbs, light middleweight in boxing and one pound short of the lightweight limit in the UFC, the division in which which McGregor is the champion.
"He will last as long as Mayweather will allow him to last for", legendary boxing trainer Teddy Atlas told ESPN. He's a very slick guy. "But as far as strictly adhering to boxing rules?"
Mayweather was out on a run in Los Angeles when the fight was announced, training intensely already like he always does. This should be an easy fight and an easy payday for a man who only cares about making money and maintaining his flawless boxing record.
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