On August 26th, 2017, the Fight Capitol of The World will host quite possibly the biggest boxing event in the sports history at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, NV.
Boxing Legend Floyd “Money” Mayweather (49-0 Boxing) will finally step in the ring with “The Notorious” Conor McGregor (21-3 MMA) for their very much anticipated bout.
Floyd, who has run the game of boxing since he stepped foot in the ring, is widely considered one of the best professional boxers who has ever lived. The thing that sets Floyd apart from the rest of the pack is his ability to hit and not get hit. He has made a masterpiece of a career defensively, making elite boxers look novice in the ring while trying to land a punch or two. Floyds offensive game is well noted obviously as 26 of his 49 victories have come by way of knockout.
Mayweather has won multiple titles throughout his illustrious career while fighting in multiple weight classes. While he has never been beaten, he has had some fights that became quite entertaining at one point or another. The list of fighters Floyd has defeated reads like a who’s who of boxing greats, including the “Golden Boy” Oscar De La Hoya, a man who has spoken negatively about the Mayweather/McGregor bout. Oscar stated the fight is an embarrassment to the sport of boxing and encouraged fans to boycott the pay-per-view. However, just a few months prior to these remarks, De La Hoya stated the only crossover match that made sense would be McGregor vs. Canelo Alvarez, a boxer promoted by Oscar’s Golden Boy Promotions. Reasons for the push for this bout are obvious as the bout is anticipated to rake in hundreds of millions of dollars.
Floyd’s fight against Manny Pacquiao was considered the “fight of the century” that ended up turning in to the fight that never should have happened. An injured Manny spent 12 rounds chasing Floyd around the ring with very few exchanges happening in the process. Needless to say the fight that raked in over 4.5 million pay-per-view buys and generated over $400,000,000 in revenue was a “dud” which left the fans disappointed and the sport of boxing on life support.
Mayweather would fight once more after the Pacquiao bout against Andre Berto. Floyd cruised to 49-0 and decided it was time to walk away from the sport announcing his retirement in 2015.
Obviously, Floyd is back, and he’s back for one man and one man only, “The Notorious” Conor McGregor.
McGregor burst on to the MMA scene in April of 2013, where he defeated Marcus Brimage in his UFC debut by first round TKO. It has been an extremely successful 4 years for McGregor as he is now the most popular and highest paid MMA athlete on the planet.
McGregor defeated one of the greatest featherweights of all-time, Jose Aldo at UFC 194 in only 13 seconds by KO to capture the UFC Featherweight Title. Shortly after McGregor would suffer his first UFC defeat in a welterweight bout at UFC 196 with UFC bad boy Nate Diaz.
In November of 2016, McGregor would move to lightweight to headline the biggest fight card in UFC history, UFC 205 against Eddie Alvarez for the Lightweight Championship. McGregor dominated Alvarez for a round and a half before delivering a stifling four punch combo that sent Alvarez to the canvas. With the win, McGregor became the first fighter in the promotions history to hold two titles simultaneously in two different weight classes.
After his historic night at UFC 205, McGregor announced that he would be taking an extended leave of absence in order to prepare for the birth of his first child. Even while on leave, McGregor dominated the headlines, staying as relevant from the couch as he is in the cage. During this time, the talking between McGregor and Mayweather began to heat up, with each man taking jabs at the other via social media.
On June 14, both McGregor and Mayweather announced on their social media accounts that the fight between the two of them had been made. It has now been announced by UFC President Dana White that the bout will take place at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, with the fighters wearing 10 oz. gloves and weighing in at 154 Lbs. and fighting for 12 rounds. Now we sit and wait for August 26th, as the fight that everyone thought was impossible is now preparing to break all kinds of records.
Many fans speculate that the press conferences leading up to the bout will be more entertaining than the fight itself, knowing the enormous task McGregor has of defeating or even hanging with one of the best to ever do it. The build up to the fight will be something to see as two of the greatest personalities in combat sports history prepare to go toe to toe.
The undercard for this massive event is in the process of being put together, and will be constructed by Mayweather Promotions.