Ever since the talks of a possible boxing match between Conor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather started circulating about a year ago, people have been voicing their views in the media. While some expressed how much they would love to see the fight, others have been vocal about how mixed martial arts (MMA) and boxing are no match.
On 14th June, the fight which many thought was never going to happen was announced on Instagram by Conor, followed by Floyd on Twitter, and ever since, boxing and MMA fans have been waiting for the bout to happen.
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Who is Floyd Mayweather?
Floyd Mayweather needs no introduction to anyone who is familiar with the world of boxing. Considered to be the greatest boxer of all time, he is a five-division champion, who has won a total of 15 world titles along with a bronze medal in 1996 Olympics. He has been named Fighter of the Year by The Ring Magazine twice, and the same by Boxing Writers Association of America three times. Last year, ESPN also ranked him as the best pound for pound boxer of the past 25 years.
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Who is Conor McGregor?
Conor McGregor, who has become one of the biggest names in combat sports in the past couple of years, is a professional mixed martial artist, and the only person in the world to hold two UFC championships simultaneously. The fighter won his first title in December 2015 defeating the then UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo in record-breaking 13 seconds. In November 2016, he faced Eddie Alvarez for the lightweight championship, knocking him out in the second round.
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How Did the Fight Happen?
The rumors of McGregor VS Mayweather started about a year ago and were followed by the two athletes claiming to humiliate the other in the ring in the media. Seeing the positive reaction from the public, Dana White, the president of the UFC, and Mayweather’s team got together and started negotiating on the terms. It took almost a year, and the fight was finally announced last week.
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Details of the Event!
The event is scheduled to take place on August 25, in the famous T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, which has a capacity of 20000 people. However, due to the news of the venue already being booked by the rapper Ice Cube for his BIG3 basketball league, the fight may have to take place someplace else.
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How Big will it be?
While there are speculations about who will win the fight, there are also talks about how big the fight will do regarding numbers. Floyd, who comes out of his retirement to risk his undefeated record of 49 wins, has previously said that he is unwilling to get in the ring for anything less than 100 million dollars. However, experts believe that his paycheck could be four times the number as all the financial aspects of the event come in.
Whereas, Conor, who will be boxing professionally for the first time, is expected to take home at least 75 million dollars. Some have also estimated that Floyd and Conor will be making around 400 million and 127 million dollars on the day, respectively. Many believe this bout to thrash the pay-per-view sales record set by Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao match in May 2015, which was regarded as the Fight of the Century.
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Who is Expected to Win?
With the boxing pundits in favor of Floyd, Conor is said to be a big underdog. In a recent interview, the boxing legend Mike Tyson speculated that the Irish mixed martial artist would “look ridiculous” boxing the Olympic medalist. There have also been a few who believe that Conor does have a chance, and this short list includes Dana White and Freddie Roach.
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