It may not be a fight for the purists of either boxing or UFC, but it remains the case that this weekend’s superfight between Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor has become huge box office news.
For many, it is the fight that was never going to happen. An oft-discussed mythical fantasy between two men essentially coming from different sporting backgrounds. But here they are, all the talking has been done, thankfully, and on Saturday night in Las Vegas they will enter the ring to decide this argument.
On all known form Mayweather has got to win the fight, McGregor not actually possessing any form as he prepares for his professional boxing debut. The American meanwhile will hope to put the final touch on his stellar career by extending his record to 50-0. He is 4/17 to bring up the perfect half-century by winning this encounter.
Mayweather has been boxing since childhood, this is his backyard, and there are those within the pro-boxing world that feel he should be able to embarrass McGregor in Las Vegas.
Will McGregor be able to sustain his efforts for 12 rounds? Will Floyd be hoping to score a knockout victory in what the 40-year-old has promised will be the last stand in his astonishing career. The clever money may be on a Mayweather stoppage midway through the fight (Mayweather to win in rounds 4-6 @ 9/2).
What of the Irishman, stepping into the unknown and this week promising to ‘flatten’ his decorated opponent?
As McGregor’s UFC boss Dana White so astutely observed, he has often delivered on his promises regardless of how outlandish they may seem. He firmly believes he is capable of knocking his opponent out inside three minutes (McGregor to win in Round 1 @ 22/1).
The facts however show that Mayweather is the best pound-for-pound boxer of his generation and it would simply prove unthinkable that a rookie will end his perfect career streak now.
Mayweather should be able to stop this opponent, all things being equal (Mayweather to win by KO, TKO or Disqualification @ 20/31).