Richest fight in boxing history tomorrow, Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor

Mayweather vs. McGregor viewing information

Date: Saturday, Aug. 26
Time: 6 p.m. ET (prelims) | 9 p.m. ET (main card)
Location: T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas

Mayweather vs. McGregor fight card, odds


Floyd Mayweather -400 Conor McGregor +300 Super welterweight
Badou Jack -450 Nathan Cleverly +325 Light heavyweight
Gervonta Davis -3000 Francisco Fonseca +1100 Junior lightweight
Andrew Tabiti -280 Steve Cunningham +200 Cruiserweight

Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor. It’s happening whether you want it to or not. Mayweather vs. McGregor airs this Saturday, August 26 with a fight time of 9:00 p.m ET for the PPV, 7:00 p.m. ET for the prelim card on Fox. Anticipate a fight time of roughly 11:00-11:30 p.m. for the main event. We have previews of all the action – here, the big fight itself:

Conor McGregor (0-0, 0 KO) vs. Floyd Mayweather (49-0, 26 KOs)
12 rounds, light middleweights (154 lbs)

Where do you even begin to examine this fight? Do you compare the records of the 49-0 greatest of his generation against the debuting fighter? Do you analyze the body language and taunts of each man at the increasingly rough press conferences? Or do you go full Zapruder-film on the now infamous McGregor vs. Malignaggi sparring footage?

That conundrum speaks to the true nature of this fight – it’s a sideshow attraction fight, nothing more, nothing less. And that’s OK. A lot of combat sports has been built on wild and crazy fights. They’ll be here long after Saturday night. But analyzing them is tough.

Let’s start with the obvious question on any fan’s mind – does Conor have a shot here? Many people certainly think so. But they are wrong. Here are the arguments McGregor supporters make, plus the reasons those are not valid:

Conor will be the bigger, stronger fighter – So what? So was Canelo, and Floyd handled him. So was De La Hoya, same result. Mayweather moved up in weight long ago, and he’s never had an issue with it. It has indeed resulted in a bit less power from him, but that’s it.
Conor is a southpaw – So what? Floyd fought literally the greatest southpaw on the planet today in Manny Pacquiao, and he beat him decisively. This is not an issue.
Conor knocked down Maliganggi – So what? The big discussion of that footage was whether or not it was a legit knockdown. My own take is that in an actual fight, that gets called a knockdown or a slip at about a 50/50 rate. It’s right on the edge. But let’s be generous and say it was a knockdown. That means nothing. Knocking down (barely) a retired and not entirely in shape Paulie Malignaggi does not mean you can beat Floyd Mayweather. Pacquiao would knock Paulie down too. Kudos for Conor for showing basic skills in there, and kudos to him for at least in a part of their sparring not getting blown away by Paulie. And I mean that – knockdown or no knockdown, he had decent shots land in there, which is good. But good doesn’t beat Mayweather.
Mayweather is faded – Based on what exactly? The fact that he’s been out of action for two years? He missed two years before when he “retired” in 2007, and he came back without missing a beat. True that he was 30 then and is 40 now, and time takes its toll on everyone. With that in mind, I might question my pick if Mayweather was in there with Terence Crawford here. But again, what has Conor done to show he’s at the level of even a faded Floyd Mayweather?
So, if we take those points in, it’s fair to predict a Mayweather victory. Next question: KO or decision? Most are favoring a Mayweather KO, and it’s understandable why. In his early days, Floyd was a ferocious offensive fighter, a fact that has been lost over the years. Additionally, while Conor dug deep in his Nate Diaz rematch, his cardio has maybe been the tiniest bit questionable at times. Over the course of 36 minutes, can he keep up enough defense to avoid a big Mayweather shot? And don’t forget, Mayweather still can land that shot – ask Victor Ortiz what happened to him when he let his guard down.


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