Yesterday we heard the surprising news that Conor McGregor would finally face Floyd Mayweather in a boxing match. Yes, FINALLY. And yes it’s boxing, not kick boxing. So the big question will be, can McGregor refrain from kicking Mayweather? He’d better hope so, or else his wallet will become a lot lighter.
UFC President Dana White has already come out and confirmed that Conor will be served with a lawsuit by Floyd if he dares fling a leg at him in the ring.
“That will not happen; it’s in the contract. This is a boxing match under the Nevada commission under the rules of boxing. We talk about a guy of Floyd Mayweather’s value in the sport—the lawsuit if that ever happened… Conor loves money and he would lose a lot of money if that happened.”
— Floyd Mayweather (@FloydMayweather) June 14, 2017
The fight world is already over the moon that this match-up of titans is actually happening. For such a long time it appeared to be a pipe dream.
The clash of styles is probably the most intriguing part of this match-up. Mayweather is the king of defense, which isn’t really a knock given his stellar record. While McGregor’s abrupt knockout of Eddie Alvarez is still fresh in people’s minds.
Mayweather is much older than McGregor—40 vs. 28. If he’s going to win, his best plan of attack might be to let Conor overextend himself. In other words, allow the Irishman to burn out early before going in to attack.
The timeline for this megafight, whose value is north of one billion dollars, began in 2015 when McGregor hinted that he would be willing to fight Mayweather if the “opportunity” presented itself. But then in early 2016, McGregor shocked the sports world by announcing his retirement from MMA.
By mid-2016, most fight fans had given up on this potential encounter ever happening. After all, Mayweather was pushing 40 and McGregor was steadfast in his desire to retire.
Surprisingly, by the summer of 2016 Conor appeared to be making a comeback—already—and his fight at Madison Square Garden against Eddie Alvarez was formally announced.
Fast forward to May 18th… Conor said,
“I now, at 28 years of age, have my eyes firmly set on the ‘highest paid fighter’ and ‘highest earning athlete’ accolades.”
Come August 26th, there’s good reason to be excited. As ESPN.com currently reads, “someone’s about to eat leather–and their words.”
We couldn’t have a clash of two larger egos, and we couldn’t be more excited.