The Mayweather vs McGregor clash on August 26th, is set to be the biggest fight of the decade. In grossing terms this epic Superfight is expected to rake in close 1 billion dollars.
With both fighters coming from completely different backgrounds, areas of expertise in their combat and a whole host of other differences, it’s worth taking a look at both fighters in the lead up to this one.
Conor McGregor has made leaps and bounds in the MMA industry in recent years, somewhat single handedly bringing the sport into the forefront of many people’s eyes and hearts, putting on some of the most entertaining fights and displays for both fans and neutrals across the globe.
Born in 1988 in Dublin, it would be fair to say that McGregor ‘fell in love with MMA from a young age.’ However, although he began boxing at the age of 12 he did not pick up MMA until he was in his late teens, to be expected with the greater physicality and lower profile of the sport, finally making his debut at age 18. He had undoubted talent, and although this was his first amateur fight, he won it through TKO in the first round, something which was recognised and led to the Irishmen being signed as a pro immediately after the duel in February 2007.
Having had a year to train and learn, McGregor took on his first professional fight on 9th March 2008. Winning once again in the second round. Having proven himself on the pro stage, McGregor took on another four fights, losing one. It was after these fights that McGregor began to contemplate whether pursuing MMA as a career was for me, but with some encouragements from his coach and mother, the Irishman gained a new sense of commitment to his fighting and training.
Following a second mixed spell, McGregor then went on a eight fight win streak in 2011 and 2012, winning both the CWFC Featherweight and Lightweight championship titles – something which attracted UFC’s attention.
UFC is where McGregor made a real name for himself in the eyes of many, having fought the likes of Chad Mendes, Jose Aldo, Nate Diaz and Eddie Alvarez. Currently in the MMA sphere, McGregor holds both the lightweight and featherweight titles. However, having never professionally boxed before, he’s diving head first into a shark tank with this one.
Born in 1977, Mayweather also had an illustrious few early years. Before he was even twenty, Mayweather had won 3 national golden gloves in the boxing industry, as well as an Olympic bronze medal at the 1996 Atlanta Olympic games. His talent was unquestionable, and quickly turned professional soon after, having racked up an impressive 84-6 record as an amateur.
As a pro the Michigan boxer continued his impressive streak, something which, with the help of coaching from his dad, led to him picking up his first title shot 1998 against Genaro Hernandez, a fight that he won giving him the WBC Super Featherweight Championship.
The 2000’s continued as he had gone before, only improving on his previous success. Floyd showed in incredible fashion that he was not to be limited to just his own weight category; in 2002 he moved up to take the WBC lightweight title; in 2005 he did so again with the WBC 2005 title; then taking four welterweight titles in 2006, and finally the WBC super welterweight title the following year.
By the turn of the decade, having just turned 30, and with many more years ahead of him, Floyd had already become one of the most proven and successful boxers of all time. By the turn of the decade in 2010, he was the third highest-paid American athlete having made $60 million during that year alone.
Since then Mayweather has been in an out of the boxing scene, most famously fighting Manny Pacquiao, the eight-division Philippine champion, demonstrating his defensive boxing capabilities in a defeat to his challenger by unanimous decision back in 2015
Many called the Pacquiao-Mayweather duel the fight of the century, however, the McGregor-Mayweather fight is being painted with the same brush. With both men at the top of their game, this should be set to be a good fight.
However, it’s not that simple, and looking at the bookies, we can see that Mayweather is a clear favourite, put at 11/1 to win the fight. So, what’s the reasoning for this? Well, Mayweather is a boxer through and through, with an unbeaten record of 49-0 on the pro scene, whilst McGregor is an MMA fighter – currently with a boxing record of 0-0.
Granted, McGregor is famed for his boxing skills in the world of MMA, but many are doubting these skills in the world of boxing alone, especially when facing one of the all-time best in the industry. This is not to say that this will be a completely one sided fight, and it could well be the case that it goes the distance with McGregor in his prime and with Floyd now at the age of 40, but Floyd has to go down as the favourite for the fight, although an upset could be on the cards if McGregor lands one of his powerful punches correctly.
So, with it will all come down to the day of August 26th in Vegas, and will certainly be one that the whole world will have its eye on.