Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor have had an outstanding press tour that’s sure to bring them untold riches come August 26. But does all of this hype mean that the heavy underdog McGregor has a chance to win?
If we’re to ask McGregor himself, he not only think he has a chance to win. He honestly believes that he’ll knock out Mayweather when the two face off at Las Vegas’ T-Mobile Arena.
“I fight in four-ounce gloves, why would I give a [expletive]?” McGregor said regarding the much-discussed gloves size.
“If we’re wearing eight-ounce gloves, I’m struggling to see how he lasts two rounds, and that’s the God’s honest truth. The only reason I maybe give him two rounds is because in this game, the referee stops me from pounding his head into the canvas, and he has 10 seconds to recover. That’s the only reason he might make it to a second round.”
The Irishman isn’t afraid to show his confidence, even when facing Mayweather, who’s 49-0 in professional boxing.
“He [Mayweather] keeps talking about, ‘Under the lights!’ ” McGregor said. “He keeps saying, ‘He looks good in the gym.’ I look good everywhere. I look good in the gym and I look good under the lights. In fact, I look better under the lights.”
McGregor added, “I am comfortable in this. This is my life. I’ve been under the spotlight for a long, long time, and in these mega-events also.”
Does McGregor Really Have a Chance?
But many wonder if there’s any substance behind the hype. After all, McGregor, a mixed martial artist, has never fought in an amateur or pro boxing match.
One aspect that’s being used to hype this event is Floyd’s age. He’s 40 years old and definitely out of his prime. Meanwhile, McGregor is 29 and holds both the UFC Lightweight and Featherweight belts.
Age notwithstanding, “Money” Mayweather holds the advantage in nearly every other category. He’s expected to win this bout and win big. Perhaps the only spot where McGregor may have an edge is his punching power. But that’s if he ever gets through Mayweather’s defense to use it.
Maybe where McGregor does have a chance, though, is his ability to rise to the occasion. “The Notorious” is perhaps the only fighter on the planet who’s as equipped to deal with the pressures of the ring as Money. Going further, he’s shown a penchant to elevate his MMA skills when needed.
Can McGregor Put Mayweather on the Canvas?
Mayweather was winning handily in the twelfth round of a fight, when he touched the canvas with his glove after a punch. However, this was by design because he’d injured his hand and wanted to force more time off the clock.
If The Notorious can even knock Mayweather down – let alone register a knockout – it would be one of the greatest feats in boxing history. Mayweather is not easy to hit, and he’s shown a good chin the few times that he has been hit good.
8-ounce Gloves Approved for Mayweather McGregor Fight
The Nevada Athletic Commission has approved 8-ounce gloves for this bout, instead of the standard 10-ounce gloves.
Some see this as a safety risk because lighter gloves mean a higher potential for damage to an opponent’s face, as well as one’s own hands. However, the rule was added to make McGregor feel more comfortable because he’s used to fighting with 4-ounce gloves in the UFC.
McGregor said that he doesn’t care what size of gloves they have, which makes this feel like a ploy to convince fans that he has a better chance to win.
Both Fighters Set for a Huge Payday
There’s obviously motivation on both sides to sell pay-per-views and make it look like McGregor has a chance. Both fighters are expected to earn over $100 million from the bout.
This looks to be the biggest fight in history from a revenue perspective. So it only makes sense to hype McGregor up. And the 29-year-old has played his role well by trash-talking even better than Mayweather.
McGregor is Highly Motivated
He’s always been a very professional fighter. And the birth his his 3-month-old son, Conor Jr., has only made him more pumped up to compete.
“The other day, we were comparing pictures of when I was that age and he’s that age side-by-side and we’re like identical,” said a happy McGregor. “I’m like, yes, because he’s going to look exactly like me. He has my name and he’s carrying my, you know, it’s a legacy. I’m just in awe of my little man.”
It’s typical for new fathers to be happy about their new child. But McGregor says that this has taken his fighting skills to a new level too.
“It’s made me more focused, more disciplined because I can’t slack off, I can’t float around, I can’t do what I used to do,” McGregor explained. “I must train, recover, go home, look after my boy, rest and train again. It’s kept life more structured for me and it’s actually helped me as a fighter and as a man, with business and with training.
“Everything is more structured, as it should be, and that’s the key to getting to the high, high level. You must have structure. It’s been eye-opening and amazing and it’s only been three months. So many good times are ahead.”
Even with how good McGregor feels about his son being born and training, odds are that this fight won’t go his way. After all, the Irishman just doesn’t have the same level of experience as his opponent, nor the undefeated pedigree.
But one thing’s for sure, he’ll come ready for the challenge. McGregor has never wilted in a big-time UFC match. So don’t expect him to do anything less than give his all under the bright lights of T-Mobile Arena.
Mayweather McGregor Odds
Here’s a look at the current odds on Mayweather and McGregor from our GTBets.eu sportsbook:
McGregor, Conor +335
Mayweather, Floyd -455
McGregor originally started off as a huge underdog. But he’s somewhat closed the gap with more of the public betting on him.