Mayweather v McGregor: The chances of an upset
Conor McGregor’s trash talking and harrying of Floyd Mayweather finally paid off when it was announced that the duo would be getting into the ring.
Undefeated Mayweather will take on Ireland’s mixed martial arts star at the T-Mobile Arena in Paradise, Nevada on August 26 an the publicity tour is sure to whip up unprecedented interest in one of the richest fights in history.
Despite the fact that ‘Pretty Boy’ has now turned 40 and ‘retired’ in September 2015 after his last fight, many in the sport feel it will be a miss-match and bad for boxing, with the American far to ring savvy to be drawn into a brawl with the Dubliner.
McGregor does not see it that way and will not doubt be in his opponent’s face during the impending roadshow to promote the fight but, while we know he can ‘talk the talk’, can he ‘walk the walk’?
There is no doubting his pedigree in MMA and UFC, with just three losses in an eight-year career beginning back in 2008, while his last outing was a TKO triumph over Eddie Alvarez in November 2016.
Things will be a lot tougher next time he enters the ring and the hope is that it will be a decent spectacle for the thousands of fans in the arena and millions watching worldwide.
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The trouble for McGregor is that he will be taking on a man who does not know how to lose and, despite his wealth and celebrity status, has always done the business when it mattered most.
The Irishman will hope to prey on the fact he is ring rusty and no spring chicken but Mayweather would not have agreed to the fight unless he felt he could win.
He has an undefeated record to protect and will not want that to be tarnished in what will probably be his final fight.
McGregor’s boxing technique has been questioned and those who feel that the bout is no more than a money-making publicity stunt, will delight in a comprehensive victory for the American, but there are also reports that he is a more competent boxer than people give him credit for.
The difficulty for the 28-year-old will be to land a blow on ‘Money’ who built his career on hitting and not being hit, taking the art of defensive boxing to a new level.
‘The Notorious’ will not be able to outbox a man who was won 49 fights and never been beaten and so he will need to look for a knockout to win the fight.
Mayweather knows this and, as ever, his game plan will be to frustrate and pick off his opponent with jabs and look for an opening which, in all honesty, will probably be there.
Every fighter has a ‘puncher’s chance’ and McGregor’s physical prowess and aggressive nature will stand him in good stead, but it would seem folly to suggest that he will be able to get the better of one of the legends of the sport.