If the social media buzz is to be believed, the most hyped-up fight of all time takes place this weekend when Floyd ‘Money’ Mayweather steps into the ring with Irish MMA fighter Conor McGregor at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
It goes without saying that this is an unusual fight that has got people talking. It is, after all, not very often that two fighters of differing disciplines enter the ring for a bout.
With a career history that reads unbeaten in 49 professional matches and titles won at five different weights, why would Floyd ‘Money’ Mayweather potentially risk his legacy? #
Put simply, to provide the boxing legend with one last supersonic payday in a match he simply won’t lose.
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The Billion Dollar Fight
Dubbed, the Billion Dollar Fight, it is predicted that Mayweather should earn £80m for his 50th professional fight, taking his total career earnings to upwards of $1 billion, while McGregor is expected to earn £70m for his first, and quite possibly last, professional boxing bout and that’s without taking into account revenues recruited from sponsorship deals.
Exact fighter earnings won’t be revealed until after the fight due to a confidentiality agreement that’s in place, but, fight wise, experts are expecting the bout to dwarf the pay-per-view record, also set by Mayweather when he beat Manny Pacquiao in 2015, which bought in a total $475 million. In fact, Mayweather himself has generated over $1.3bn in pay-per-view revenue in 15 fights over 10 years.
Naturally, the fighters are masters of their destructive craft, they have varying skillsets, yet this is still not a fair fight.
In the challenger’s corner is the biggest star and icon in the Ultimate Fighting Competition (UFC), Irishman Conor McGregor. At 29, he has some 11-years of youth on his side, but he has not fought as a boxer since he was a 15, back home in south Dublin. He still possesses powerful switch-hitting abilities, and hopeful fans could point to the deadly nature of McGregor’s south paw which, if Mayweather was to have a “kryptonite” (he doesn’t), then it’s his ability to deal with a left hand jab. 24 of McGregor’s MMA opponents have hit the floor courtesy of his left hand in over eight years.
Best pound-for-pound fighter of his generation
While the fighters are built similarly and around the same size, Mayweather is faster, slicker and, crucially, a boxer. Not just any boxer either, the best pound-for-pound fighter of his generation, maybe of all time, as has been suggested in some quarters.
If this match goes much past five or six rounds, this could either be because the fight is a 40th birthday treat served a day late. Or, as is more likely, that Mayweather likes to enjoy what he is inflicting, taking his time to wreak his havoc.
Acknowledged as the master of defensive boxing, he relies on a viciously quick counterpunch that launches him into a rapid combination, generally electing to throw less single punches than might otherwise be expected. But for one fight, Victor Ortiz in 2011, all of his fights in the past six years have gone the full 12 rounds.
This time, though, for all of McGregor’s showboating, Mayweather should have things wrapped up in the first half, ending his career as it has always been – unbeaten.
The T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas will host the most eagerly anticipated fight of the decade. Although Mayweather is expected to be victorious nobody can be certain of the outcome, McGregor is entering the boxing ring for the first time but he boasts an impressive record in UFC. This fight is expected to take Mayweather’s career earnings over $1 billion, he has mastered the art of defensive boxing and can be expected to see McGregor’s attempts off with no trouble, ensuring his career ends with a perfect 50-0 record.