There is certainly no shortage of theatrical hostility between Mayweather and McGregor and if the winner was decided on who has the better chat, it would result in a KO victory to McGregor. Perhaps because ‘The Notorious’ talks such a big game, punters have been jumping out of trees to back him in the head-to-head boxing market; but you can never underestimate a boxer of Mayweather’s quality. Mayweather is expected to stretch his undefeated record to 50-0 but the shifting odds say the younger, fitter and arguably hungrier McGregor may well be in with a shot at an upset.
Conor McGregor’s decision to try his hand in the boxing ring from the UFC octagon has many people scratching their heads as to how he will fare against the ageing yet undefeated champion Floyd ‘Money’ Mayweather Junior. Some have predicted a Mayweather masterclass, some have stated ‘The Notorious’ will need to knock out Mayweather to be any chance of winning, some believe the defensive skill set of ‘Money’ will easily trump his Irish opponent and others simply have no idea what will happen on the afternoon of August 27 (AEST)!
There have been stranger defections in boxing like Muhammad Ali’s 1976 crossover in a ‘mixed rules’ fight with wrestler Antonio Inoki, which is viewed by many people as the catalyst of the birth of MMA fighting. In terms of betting on a winner in this crossover bout, it is important to analyse some key areas including the fighters strengths, previous records and potential method of victory. UBET have done the work for you and crunched the stats on the highly anticipated Mayweather v McGregor bout.
FIGHTERS: In the case of Floyd Mayweather Junior versus Conor McGregor, it is difficult find a gauge of how this will play out, however history indicates that Mayweather will maintain his unbeaten record and register a 50th victory in the ring. Both are natural fighters; albeit from differently shaped arenas. McGregor is an out and out street fighter whereas Mayweather is a defensive craftsman who has learned, developed and mastered boxing. It has been said that if Mayweather was to crossover to MMA, few would argue he would lose to his Irish opponent but with McGregor opting to enter the ring with the 40-year-old American it remains to be seen who will emerge successful.
RECORD: It’s difficult to see a rookie boxer coming in and ruining the perfect record of one of the greatest defensive fighters of all time but there has been plenty of support for McGregor to upset Mayweather. Both fighters are extremely proud men and apart from a few slip-ups in the ocatagon, McGregor’s overall record is decent enough as well; but there is one factor punters will keep coming back to and that is the inescapable fact McGregor has never boxed against anyone at a professional level; let alone against a man who has never lost in 49 fights!
OMEN BET: This may not be the most scientific way of determining a winner and there will even be people who wholeheartedly agree or disagree that the omen bet is an actual thing. The ‘lucky feeling’ is a thing in not just boxing; it is a thing in all sports and horse racing as well. Sometimes it could be as simple as liking the McGregor accent, the Mayweather swagger, the name of a particular fighter or even a dream you had the night before on how the result panned out. As previously mentioned, it isn’t an exact science but there are a lot of believers out there who stick with an omen bet – particularly when research takes a back seat.
METHOD OF VICTORY: In boxing there are a number of ways a decision can be determined and a lot of criticism around the sport surrounds the perceived subjectivity of the judges if a fight ‘goes the distance’. We saw in the Jeff Horn v Manny Pacquiao bout that there can be all sorts of uproar, hoopla or general controversy when one fighter is given a points decision over an opponent. In the Mayweather v McGregor bout, both fighters have experienced the anxiousness of having a decision be made after slugging out a fight for a bunch of rounds without knocking out their opponent. Other methods of victory in boxing include a technical knock-out (TKO), knock-out (KO) and technical decision (TD) and a disqualification (DQ).
The Floyd Mayweather Junior v Conor McGregor fight has both boxing and MMA fans extremely excited about the August 27 bout; not to mention anyone else who loves the melodrama surrounding the highly-anticipated event.
With tickets inside T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas ranging anywhere from $3000 to $120,000 and Pay-Per-View slugging Aussies $59.95 to stream the action, fans are hopeful of seeing a highly entertaining fight (find out which venues are showing the fight). Mayweather has all the experience in the ring but the inexperienced McGregor is no stranger to the limelight. The flashy Irishman has been in stellar form during the MayMac World Tour in which he has been brutal in his verbal barbs towards the 40-year-old American.
’Money’ is the red-hot favourite to beat his inexperienced opponent and register a 50th career win and despite being in his 40s going up against a younger, fitter fighter, Mayweather holds the edge in almost every other department. His recent win over iconic Filipino boxer Manny Pacquiao silenced many critics but the fact is that Mayweather will always have his detractors.
The build-up to this fight against Conor McGregor has been a massive stage show with the enigmatic duo selling out venues around the world as they talked smack about each other. While the theatre is like nothing we’ve ever seen before (at least to this level anyway), UBET punters are not expecting McGregor to last all 12 rounds against ‘Money’. A huge reason why so many people are expecting an easy Mayweather victory is because he has been there and done that, no less than 49 times; almost all of his victories have been in front of millions of fans on boxing's biggest stage.
McGregor’s first professional boxing bout has been dubbed the biggest event in the sport’s history. While much of it is all for show with both men pumping up their own egos, McGregor genuinely believes he will knock out the undefeated Mayweather ‘inside four rounds’. ‘The Notorious’ has been known to be all kinds of brutal in the Octagon of the UFC and as such, President Dana White believes his man will have to do the seemingly impossible – knock out a man who has never lost a fight!
28-year-old Irishman, McGregor certainly has the advantage in terms of age but the flipside to that is Mayweather has a huge experience advantage. It is unlikely McGregor will be overawed by the occasion with billions of people across the planet tuning in to watch the richest fight in boxing history. Even if McGregor loses to Mayweather; he will still have all sorts of UFC fighters lining up to take him on, which would undoubtedly lead to the richest fight in UFC history!