It’s a go. The much anticipated, much-hyped, boxing match between one of the greatest to every step into a ring, Floyd Mayweather Jr., and one of the greatest to ever step into an Octagon, Conor McGregor, has been set for August 26. The fight takes place at the T-Mobile Arena, in Las Vegas, NV.
Conor McGregor has an MMA record of 21-3. He’s knocked out 18 of his opponents. Floyd Maywether Jr. has a boxing record of 49-0. Mayweather Jr.’s knocked out 26 of his opponents.
Floyd Mayweather Vs Conor McGregor Odds & Pick
What: Floyd Mayweather (49-0-0) vs Conor McGregor (0-0-0)
When: Saturday, August 26, 2017
Start Time: 10:00 PM ET
Where: Las Vegas, Nevada
Stadium: T-Mobile Arena
Moneyline: Mayweather -1100 vs McGregor +700
Watch: Showtime PPV
Bet on Conor McGregor at +700 because…
McGregor is seen as one of UFC’s best punchers. But can that translate from the octagon into the boxing ring?
Mayweather’s never fought someone as aggressive, or with as good of a chin, as Conor McGregor. The great Irish MMA fighter backs up a fearsome attitude with a willingness to take a punch. He’s one of the most impressive fighters in the Octagon that I’ve ever seen because he has no fear.
Bet on Floyd Mayweather Jr. at -1,100 because…
Floyd Mayweather Jr. is simply one of the greatest boxers to ever live. He’s impossible to hit. Unlike most fighters his age, 40, Mayweather’s skills haven’t diminished. Since he’s so adept at shading punches, he’s been able to stay relatively healthy throughout his boxing career.
A safety net for Mayweather, McGregor will be contractually prohibited from “going rogue” and elbowing or kicking Floyd Mayweather. The formerly retired boxer’s insistence on the use of purely boxing regulations, rather than some hybrid arrangement that allowed McGregor to utilize some of his MMA tactics may be the difference maker in this bout.
I’m siding with Oscar on this one. De La Hoya recently said that this fight is a terrible mismatch. Floyd is one of the greatest fighters to ever step into a ring. He’s impossible to hit. Ask the incredibly fast-handed Manny Pacquiao how tough it was to hit Floyd.
Sure, Pac entered the ring with a busted shoulder. He still couldn’t get to Floyd to hit him. If Pacquiao, who is also one of the greatest to every live, couldn’t hit Floyd, what are Conor McGregor’s chances?
I love Conor. But, he and Dana are going for the money here. That’s the only way to describe it. It takes years, and a ton of amateur fights, to take down a 3-year pro with 6 losses and 4 wins.
Conor’s trying to beat one of the greatest ever. If McGregor had been able to get this fight to the Octagon, I’d pick him to win, hands down. But, he didn’t. What’s going to happen when he can’t reach Floyd? What’s going to happen if Floyd clinches him and McGregor, unconsciously because he’s an MMA fighter, knees Floyd in the groin?
Don’t get me wrong. Floyd should entertain us for 12 rounds. I don’t think Floyd takes the chance of getting hit by Conor’s power. Then again, Floyd is so much more skilled than Conor as a boxer, that he figures to get off combinations in unison before Conor has time to react.
We saw what a skilled boxer that learns MMA can do to a great MMA fighter when Holly Holm demolished Ronda Rousey. It doesn’t work the other way around. An MMA fighter can’t unlearn grappling, MMA stand up, the kickboxing fighting stance, how to leverage your body to take down your opponent, etc.
Floyd can knock out Conor in Round 1 if he so chooses. I don’t think he does. I think he entertains us fans while making another money run. I like Floyd in 12.