As far as showdowns go, Saturday, August 26th offers a matchup between Conor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather that has captured the interest and banter from fight fans that live in every corner of the globe. This match up is brilliant!
Irishmen Conor McGregor, who by 29 years old has become a global superstar will face the legendary Floyd Mayweather in a boxing match at MGM Grand in Las Vegas. These two lyrical luchadores have bickered about their dominance and bragged extensively about their superior skill sets inside the ring. But as Carol Joyce Oates has eloquently written in her book On Boxing, “ the boxing ring is an alter of sorts, one of those legendary spaces where the laws of a nation are suspended: inside the ropes, during an officially regulated three-minute round ... Boxing inhabits a sacred space predating civilization.” Perhaps this is why these two preaching pugilists have had a narrowed focus on proving who is, “the best,” this Saturday night, August 26th.
If you are not convinced that you should witness this interaction, altercation, interception of reciprocating strikes, here are 20 reasons to find a baby sitter, gain your spouse’s permission or invite your neighbors so you can justify forking over the $99 for this PPV event.
20 Reasons to watch McGregor vs Mayweather, Saturday, August 26th
- It will solve the preverbal question of whether Mighty Mouse could Beat Superman. Boxer vs MMA fighter. I will not say who plays Mighty Mouse and who is Superman in this match up.
- Mayweather said it himself, “Let’s give the boxing and MMA fans what they want to see.”
- McGregor and Mayweather each have been drug tested 13 times since July 13th! That is seriously nuts!, considering this was a controversy surrounding the Pacquiao vs Mayweather fight.
- 100 Ringside Physicians do not support the fight and believe that McGregor is overmatched by Mayweather, who has a record of 49-0.
- Despite these physicians recommendation, 95% of all bets in Las Vegas have been placed in favor of McGregor over the past 48 hours.
- 5 million people are anticipated to watch this match up, which is more than the Pacquiao vs Mayweather fight.
- Manny Pacquiao has expressed his lack of enthusiam for this match up. He has even said, “McGregor has no chance in this fight… In fact, it could be very boring.” I will watch it simply because the Pacman challenges its entertainment value.
- There is expected to be $5 million pay-per-views, earning Mayweather between $300-$450 million and McGregor an anticipated $125-$150 millions.
- This payday would allow McGregor to spend $27,000.00 every day like his February 2017 shopping spree for 12 years straight (not counting taxes).
- Lennex Lewis told the Daily Star, that he isn’t taking the fight seriously. Lewis believes the only outcome will be Mayweather winning.
- McGregor, is the only UFC fighter who had held two titles simultaneously, and he now considers his striking equal to one of the best pound-for-pound boxers of all time.
- Mayweather will be returning to the ring at the MGM Grand after a two-year retirement, despite telling journalist Bryan Armen Graham from the Guardian in 2005, that he has accomplished everything and there was nothing left to accomplish. Clearly not true, $400 million in one night that could possibly amount to 36 minutes of work is left for him to accomplish. His tribe isn't called TMT, The Money Team - for nothing.
- Saturday’s fight is taking place at 154 lbs, McGregor recently fought at 155lbs, which will give him some size over Mayweather. This could prove to aid McGregor with his powerhouse striking style, granted if he catches Mayweather. Mayweather has made up for his lack of power in his later boxing years with his amazing super-speed and nimble movement.
- McGregor is a natural southpaw and Mayweather, despite winning all the time, does not fight as well against lefty boxers as was seen when he fought Zab Judah and Demarcus Corley.
- Mayweather is 49-0 and considered to be the best defensive fighter in the history of boxing. His “shoulder-roll” defense has become his dynamic fortress. McGregor considered to be fast for MMA does have a timing and “X” factor accuracy, but truthfully only a 3D motion capture test or Saturday night’s fight can answer the question of who is simply faster.
- Because Mayweather is an amazing defensive fighter he has never really been hurt like McGregor. Despite the little trouble he faced from Shane Mosely in 2010 and Marcos Maidana in 2014, Mayweather has never experienced the contact threshold that McGregor has faced in the octogon.
- McGregor has a relentless offensive presence. He landed 164 punches out of 286 strikes against Nate Diaz in 2016, giving him a 57% accuracy- but let’s be honest Nate Diaz is no Mayweather.
- Mayweather has generated $1,300,000,000 during his career. So of course, we all want to know what these two fantastic fighting beasts will specifically cash out with by the end of the weekend; that way, us writers can write about that too.
- Mayweather has fought 375 rounds over his career, verse McGregor who has fought a total of 37 MMA rounds (according to my math).
- Because the hype is amazing!