After months and months of lobbying, licensing and legal issues surrounding the proposition between a cross sport fight between boxing superstar Floyd Mayweather and MMA UFC fighter Conor McGregor, has finally come to a head, with an announcement of the boxing match which is now due to take place on August 26th, 2017.
Floyd Mayweather took to Instagram announcing “It’s official”, whilst McGregor took to Twitter and tweeted “The Fight is On”. Now, both fighters are reported to be set to make £78million each, regardless of the outcome of the fight, plus more money depending on other promotional side deals in the build up and in the aftermath of what is being regarded as the biggest fight ever, well at least, like no other fight before it.
Although, Conor McGregor is the one to switch sports, from the Octagon to the Boxing ring, he has been heavily in training and in preparation for this fight, working on his hooks and jabs. Where as Floyd Mayweather’s preparation has been less covered and talked about, so it makes one wonder, who will really be more prepared for this fight? Will it be McGregor or will the firm favourite Mayweather make light-work of the Irishman?
Light-work? Hardly, for when knowing the character of Conor McGregor, he definitely seems like the more hungry out of the two fighters. Could Floyd Mayweather be in for a surprise? So far, Conor McGregor has been given 7/1 odds on knocking Floyd Mayweather out and in winning the fight.
The fight will take place on August 26th at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas at 154 lbs, with 10 oz gloves, with a total of 12 rounds, inside a boxing ring.
The undercard of boxing matches will be done by Mayweather Promotions and the night will not feature any MMA bouts, though.
Now, let’s get some reactions from the two fighting world’s now, including extensive reaction and commentary from UFC President Dana White.
With Floyd Mayweather’s defensive boxing style and with Conor McGregor’s gung-ho attacking style, this is set to be a very interesting contest and it may come down to who gets in a clean-cut super punch (if McGregor does) it would rock Mayweather, where as Mayweather could tire Conor out in the stamina department, with his bobbin’ and weaving’, to avoid suffering such a knockout from the Irishman.
So, the fight will go down on Macauley Culkin’s birthday in Las Vegas and whoever loses will probably be home alone, for the next few days, that’s for sure.
In hindsight, a loss for Mayweather would be career damaging, where as the underdog Conor McGregor would hardly face as likely of a public backlash or embarrassment, if he should lose, since he’s the one making sacrifices in order to make the fight happen by switching sports.
So, now you know what you will be doing on August 26th and August 27th, for those not in the United States, since you’ll be propped in front of the television with snacks and beers in hand, to watch the first fight of its kind in history, whilst Dana White has already been adamant that he hopes that it doesn’t birth further cross fights between the UFC and the sport of Boxing.
We’re most definitely going to be watching this one and we may even have a bit of a flutter and back the underdog. Since, who doesn’t love a great underdog story, right? We absolutely do!
Brainstain, over and out!
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