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Mayweather vs. McGregor: The Biggest of All Time

Mayweather vs. McGregor

It’s finally happening. After all of the speculation, the rumor, the innuendo, the date of August 26th has finally come upon us. That means after the months of blustering and posturing the undefeated, former five weight world champion Floyd Mayweather Jr. will be fighting the UFC’s first simultaneous two weight world champion, and its brightest and most brash star, Conor McGregor. The fight between these two, crossing the lines between boxing and MMA, has the potential to be the biggest pay-per-view gate of all time, and perhaps the biggest money fight in the history of combat sports.

Before the breakdown, the importance of this event has to be acknowledged. First there was Muhammad Ali vs. Antonio Inoki. A farce which nearly took one of Ali’s legs with it. Then James Toney tried to walk into the UFC, and was dismantled by former champion Randy Couture. Of all the crossover attempts in combat sports, this is truly the most legitimate of all. Conor McGregor is a world class striker with devastating power in the UFC. There has been no bigger start in combat sports since Mike Tyson. Regardless of the outcome the monetary barriers once thought to be on boxing will be brought down. From there the limits once placed on the UFC will likely also come crashing down. The landscape of boxing and the UFC, and being separate sports, has been changed forever.

Ok, enough mushy stuff, lets talk blood and knockouts. The gentlemanly violence that can only be found in a boxing ring. The pay per view card kicks off a 9pm ET, and without doubt has some very interesting bouts even before the main event. Let’s get to it..

Andrew Tabiti (14-0, -275 favorite) vs. Steve Cunningham (29-8-1, +215 underdog)

USBA Cruiserweight Title 

Cunningham is a bit of an old dog in the cruiserweight division, and he faces a young lion in Tahiti. His 14-0 record has him looking like the next big in the cruiserweight division. It will be his first chance at a title, and his biggest test to date. While Cunningham still has enough in the tank to give him some trouble, Tahiti has a good chance of getting a taste of gold.

(Tabiti by Decision)

Nathan Cleverly (30-3 +325 underdog) vs. Badou Jack (21-1-2 -450 favorite) 

WBA Light Heavyweight Title 

This bout might be the best on the card, and the toughest to call. Cleverly is the champion, but has lost two of his last three. Jack is favored, but moving up from super middleweight. Cleverly is a volume puncher, where as Jack relies on defense and counters. In this one early damage will be key. If Cleverly tags Jack early and finds a hole in his defense then he’s got the stuff to take a decision. If Jack’s defense holds strong, there is a good chance Cleverly can punch himself out and you can expect Jack to put on a show.

(Jack by 10th Round Stoppage)

Gervonta Davis (18-0 -3500 favorite) vs. Francisco Fonseca (19-0-1 +1200 underdog) 

IBF Junior Lightweight Title 

The Davis Fonseca fight is the co-headliner, but is the most lopsided fight on the card. Fonseca’s record is good, but currently inflated. Davis is a Mayweather protege and is heavily favored. He’s go fast hands, good boxing sense, and power in both hands. The southpaw also has an experience factor at play, as he’s been built up properly and this is Fonseca’s first fight outside of Puerto Rico. If you’re betting on one to end early this one might be the best option.

(Davis by 4th Round Stoppage)

Floyd Mayweather Jr. (49-0-0 -400 favorite) vs. Conor McGregor (21-3 MMA +300)

WBA “Money” Belt 

Floyd’s boxing style is cut and dry. We know we’re getting a defensive wizard who wants to draw in his opponent and counter strike while avoiding as much damage as possible. Deep down “Pretty Boy” is still in there and cares about how he looks. Then you have Conor McGregor, whose boxing skills are entirely unknown. We know in the UFC his hands are quick and dangerous, and his kicks are as well, but this is a boxing match. We’re contesting this bad boy under the Marquess of Queensberry Rules, so no kicking, takedowns, jujitsu, and elbows. We do know that there will be tie ups, as we’ve seen in Mayweather fights. If he employs that strategy he may get hurt as Conor is well versed with landing shots while in a clinching situation. Both men have claimed a desire to stop the other, thought Floyd hasn’t stopped anyone since 2011, and Conor stops almost everyone he fights. McGregor is a southpaw with a longer reach, traditionally a combination that has given Floyd fits in his career, but has been one he’s been able to overcome. McGregor’s style will be something nobody in boxing has ever seen before, and will either be the difference in the fight, or mean nothing at all.

One of the big contentions leading up to the fight is training, with McGregor appearing to go all out in his training camp (controversy involving Paulie Malignaggi aside) and has always been known to have intense camps. Mayweather has been described as taking it easy during the prep for this fight, and is advertising his presence in his gentleman’s club “Girl Collection” leading up to the fight. Many feel “Money” disrespects his opponent and that may be his undoing. The line has also moved much closer to McGregor in the final days of betting. In my heart I’d love to see the arrogant Mayweather get knocked out, or be unable to mount offense against a unique McGregor. I’m praying he won’t beat Rocky Marciano’s 49-0 mark and I believe a McGregor victory would be a boon to both the UFC and boxing, but alas, it isn’t likely to happen.

(Mayweather by Decision)

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