By George Mills, courtesy of The Daily Star
THE countdown is on until what is expected to become the biggest event in combat sports history when Floyd Mayweather fights Conor McGregor in a bad blood showdown.
It will be the final fight in “Money” Mayweather’s storied career during which he has remained unbeaten after 49 professional fights.
A win against McGregor would see him surpass legendary heavyweight Rocky Marciano’s 49-0 unbeaten record – and with bookmakers pricing him at 1/4 on against the Irishman, he is heavily fancied to do it.
But the Michigan native admitted the fight could play out differently than expected, with mixed martial arts star McGregor’s unique style capable of causing problems.
During an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel’s show last night, the 40-year-old promised to come out all guns blazing against The Notorious.
“He [McGregor] is gonna land shots because, with this fight, I’m going straight ahead,” he said.
“Normally I’m about taking my time being very cautious, but this time I’m going straight ahead. The fans deserve it.”
“It's going to be bigger than the Pacquiao fight. I feel like I owe the fans seeing as me and Pacquiao didn't give the fans a blockbuster. Me and McGregor should give the fans a blockbuster.”
There are 10 days remaining until the pair finally come to blows at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas – and bookies believe the bout is well on course to surpass Mayweather/McGregor as the biggest fight in sporting history.
Betfair spokesperson Katie Baylis said: “With just over a week to go, we’ve seen nearly £14m bet on the outcome of the fight alone, making it by far our biggest ever boxing event of all time.
“We expect the next week and especially the days leading into the fight to see an unprecedented amount of bets and money staked.”
McGregor, 28, is currently priced at 4/1 to cause the upset of the century, with an unlikely draw offered at 84/1.