Floyd Mayweather Jr and Conor McGregor will soon meet in one of the most anticipated fights in the modern era in Las Vegas. The two men have been embroiled in a war of words in recent years, threatening a showdown to decide who is the superior fighter. Finally, after a series of delays, the bout has been confirmed for the 26th August at the T-Mobile Arena.
The fight has been announced as a boxing match, putting McGregor in unfamiliar territory against arguably one of the all-time greats of the sport. As a result, the American is considered the favourite for the contest but that could change as the Irishman builds his form ahead of their meeting, with the latest betting information for Mayweather v McGregor fight in Las Vegas readily available.
Due to McGregor's lack of experience in the boxing environment, a lot of tipsters are backing the fight not to go the distance (8/13), which could make a lot of sense, although the Irishman has never suffered a defeat by knockout during his MMA career at the least. The pressure will be on Mayweather to rise to the occasion to meet expectations in the bout (he's 6/1 to win in the sixth round) but he has proven throughout his career that he is that man.
Mayweather retired from the ring at the age of 38 following his victory over Andre Berto, which extended his unbeaten record to 49 bouts, taking him level with the legendary Rocky Marciano.
The 40-year-old reached the peak of his powers in his match before defeating Berto when he faced off against Manny Pacquiao. He and the Filipino duelled out 12 competitive rounds before the American clinched the victory on a unanimous points decision with two judges scoring the fight 116–112 and the other at 118–110.
The two men dominated the lower weight divisions of the sport, but Mayweather's victory over Pacquiao highlighted his quality as the premier fighter of the modern era.
Although it has been two years since the American has entered the ring, he should still have little difficulty overcoming the threat of McGregor. He has a lot more to lose than the Irishman in the bout, with his unbeaten record and his reputation at stake given that he is on familiar ground in the fight.
McGregor has never competed in a professional boxing match in his career. The 28-year-old has been one of the finest competitors to grace the UFC but, unlike Mayweather, he does not boast a flawless record. The Irishman has three defeats to his name during his nine-year MMA career, the last of which came in surprise fashion against Nate Diaz, when he submitted to a rear-naked choke hold in March 2016.
He bounced back in a rematch against Diaz to defeat the American on a points decision while, in his last outing, McGregor secured a knockout victory over Eddie Alvarez, taking his record to 21-3. Encouragingly for the Irishman, all of his three defeats have come by submission, proving that his defences are solid enough against a frontal assault, which will no doubt by a threat from Mayweather.
However, on the other hand, the American is the master of defensive boxing, as no opponent has been able to successfully put him on the back foot enough to put him under severe pressure. Due to his lack of boxing experience, it will take a huge effort for McGregor to break the trend that even the great Pacquiao was not able to overcome to defeat the American.