Conor McGregor Predicts Second Round KO of Mayweather – Should You Bet on Him?

mcgregor-mayweather-oddsFloyd 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?

conor-mcgregor-second-round-mayweatherObviously Mayweather and McGregor’s back-and-forth is designed to sell pay-per-view packages for Showtime. And it’s certainly working because this fight is expected to break pay-per-view records.

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?

mcgregor-mayweather-press-conferenceMcGregor may be overstepping his bounds by predicting a knockout – even with his power. After all, Money has only been knocked down once, if you can even call it this.

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

8-ounce-glovesThe 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

conor-mcgregor-training-mayweatherNobody truly knows what to expect when Conor steps in the ring on August 26. However, we can certainly expect him to put on a good show, no matter what.

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.

Mayweather, McGregor Odds: Press Conferences Add Fuel to Fight

mcgregor-mayweather-press-conferenceConor McGregor may be a big underdog going into his August 26 boxing match with Floyd Mayweather Jr. But he’s certainly doing a good job in the pre-fight press conferences.

The two fighters held press conferences in L.A. and Toronto, which are designed to ramp up fan excitement and Pay-Per-View sales. This mission has been accomplished, with fireworks, insults, and 4-letter works flying in abundance.

Neither fighter is a stranger to these events because they’ve both been involved in high-profile fights. But McGregor may be a just a little-more polished in what feels like pro-wrestling mic rants.

Let’s discuss the first two press conferences and also take a look at the fight odds right now.

Conor McGregor vs Floyd Mayweather Odds
Fight Time: Aug 26 at 11:00pm EST
McGregor +550
Mayweather -800

LA Press Conference

Last week, it was revealed that Floyd Mayweather owes the IRS a significant amount in back taxes. And given that his assets aren’t entirely liquid, he’s counting on a portion of his $100 million from the McGregor fight.

It didn’t take McGregor long to use this as fuel for his press-conference insults. He also bashed Mayweather for his attire, which paled in comparison to the Irishman’s pinstriped suit, which had “F*** You” in small writing all over it.

mcgregor-mayweather-press-conference-1“Somebody’s 0 has got to go,” McGregor began. “He’s in a f***ing tracksuit. He can’t even afford a suit anymore.”

He added, “His little legs, his little core, his little head, I’m gonna knock him out inside of four rounds.”

McGregor continued by discussing his entertainment company, how he can do whatever he wants during the press conference, and how his power will be too much for Mayweather.

“He’s fought people who have shied away from him. I don’t fear him. I don’t fear his limited set of fighting. This [boxing] is a limited set of rules. This is half a fight.”

Mayweather began his press conference by pointing out how he’s been “kicking a** for 21 years.” The 40-year-old also pulled out a $100 million check from his backpack that he hasn’t touched since his fight with Manny Pacquiao.

“We knew I was the A-side,” said Mayweather. “That’s why this b*tch had to come to the boxing ring.”

He added, “If you want 8-ounce gloves on, let’s put 8-ounce gloves on. If you want 4-ounce gloves, let’s put 4-ounce gloves on.”

“I’m an old man. I’m not the same fighter I was 10 years ago. I’m not the same fighter I was 5 years ago. I’m not the same fighter I was 2 years. But I got enough to beat you,” said Mayweather while motioning to his opponent.

Money finished his portion with a flurry, adding that “God only made one thing perfect, and that’s my boxing record.”

But it’s difficult to say who truly won the war of words here because McGregor’s portion was short, but sweet.

Toronto Press Conference

McGregor kicked off the Toronto press conference by getting fans to yell “F*** the Mayweathers!”

He then proceeded to complain about how his mic was cut off while Mayweather spoke in LA. McGregor also pointed out how he’s involved in a huge fight at age 28, while Money was on Oscar De La Hoya’s undercard at the same age.

The Irishman proceeded to bash Mayweather for “having 50 strippers on his payroll.” McGregor also challenged Mayweather to come and take the mic from him.

mcgregor-mayweather-torontoHe brought up how nobody gave him a chance against MMA fighter Jose Alvo. But he knocked Alvo out in just 28 seconds. McGregor again pointed out how he’s dressed better than Mayweather.

Money began his segment by telling McGregor that the Canadian fans – who were decidedly in the Irishman’s favor – can’t fight for him. He then boasted about how he’s been at the top of boxing for 21 years.

Mayweather also taunted McGregor by saying that Dana White is his boss, before berating his opponent for tapping out in a previous fight.

The two sides drew laughs when Mayweather started wearing an Irish flag, while McGregor took his backpack with the $100 million check in it.

Overall, it felt like McGregor definitely won the second press conference. But we still can’t help but feel like it’s the only thing he’s going to win against the 49-0 Mayweather.

Mayweather vs McGregor Odds: Mayweather Favored Heavily

After months of negotiations – including times when it felt like a fight would never happen – UFC champion Conor McGregor and undefeated boxer Floyd Mayweather will meet in a boxing match.

The fight is set for August 26 at Las Vegas’ T-Mobile Arena. Both McGregor and Mayweather have confirmed the bout via social media.

UFC president Dana White, who has a contract with McGregor, says that the match will happen at 154 pounds, and last for 12 rounds. The Nevada Athletic Commission put their approval on the event, although the Mayweather camp is pushing for a venue change to MGM Grand.

Regardless, the fight is set for Aug. 26 and will be distributed via Showtime pay-per-view.

What can we expect when McGregor and Mayweather meet in the ring? Find out as we discuss the odds, fighters, and an interesting weigh-in from one of McGregor’s sparring partners.

Mayweather Favored by a Wide Margin

Floyd Mayweather is 49-0 in his professional boxing career, so it’s little surprise that he’s up big on our GTBets.eu line. Here’s a look at how we have the fight right now:

Conor McGregor +500
Floyd Mayweather -700

Mayweather retired last year after racking up 49 wins from 1996 to 2015. He’s easily boxing’s biggest pay-per-view draw, earning $100 million from a 2015 fight with Manny Pacquiao.

Given that he was unlikely to ever get a check this big again, and there were no serious rivals left, “Money” retired after a Sept. 2015 victory over Andre Berto.

Despite retiring, Mayweather will step back into the ring as the best fighter of his generation, and one of the greatest of all-time. If he beats McGregor, as expected, it would run his record to a perfect 50-0.

As for McGregor, he’s an elite MMA fighter who’s known for his knockout power. Case in point, he won the UFC featherweight title through a 13-second knockout against Jose Aldo on Dec. 12, 2015.

The Irishman then went on to split non-title welterweight fights against Nate Diaz before knocking out Eddie Alvarez in Nov. 12, 2016 to win the lightweight belt. This makes McGregor the first-ever fighter to hold two UFC belts at the same time.

Despite McGregor’s MMA pedigree, he’s being given little chance due to the fact that this is his first professional boxing match.

McGregor-Mayweather Deal Finally Gets Done

mayweather-mcgregor-odds-boxingAs mentioned in the introduction, this fight has been going back and forth since last year. The two tweeted many times about a possible match, although some were skeptical that it would happen.

But White added fuel to the speculation when he appeared on Conan O’Brien and spoke about how he thought the fight would happen due to the massive amount of money involved.

“Is this thing possible? Yeah, I think it’s possible. Do I think it can happen? I do, because there’s so much involved. But it’s a long, long way away from happening,” said White.

White had been in prolonged discussions with Al Haymon, Mayweather’s adviser, since 2017 kicked off. Haymond had to go through White because of McGregor’s UFC contract.

By May 18, White announced that he and McGregor had come to a financial agreement. This meant that a financial split with Mayweather was the final hurdle. And with Money matching his biggest payday ever, both sides are satisfied.

McGregor’s Sparring Partner Releases Telling Video

While both sides were unsure about how likely this fight was to happen, McGregor began training as if it were a reality. And he sparred against former IBF International Welterweight title holder Chris van Heerden as part of his training.

McGregor’s camp released a video that showed the UFC champ holding his own against van Heerden. However, the South African boxer released his own version that reveals him to be dominating the unpaid sparring session (see below).

Van Heerden, who’s 25-2-1 as a professional fighter, explained that he released his own version to show respect for the sport of boxing.

“Because people are tweeting and talking and telling me that Mayweather has his hands full landing on Conor McGregor,” said Van Heerden. “I’m a professional fighter, boxer. And I’m standing up for the sport. I was just making it very clear that, don’t be ridiculous. If I could land, don’t tell me Floyd Mayweather is not gonna land.”

When asked if he thought that boxing was being disrespected, van Heerden said no. However, he wanted to make clear that McGregor won’t just walk into the ring and match up with the sport’s top fighter.

“This is just a platform to prove that in boxing,” he said, “a mixed martial artist taking on a boxer in the world of a boxer, you’re not gonna beat a boxer in boxing taking him on if you come from mixed martial arts.”

Van Heerden Gives McGregor a Puncher’s Chance

Knockouts can happen in any fight, and van Heerden gives McGregor some small chance thanks to his power.

“It would be ridiculous for me to say he has no opportunity, he has no chance,” Van Heerden explained. “Yes, he has a slight chance of pulling it off. He’s a fighter, he’s a mixed martial artist. He can land one big punch. It can happen. This is fighting, it’s two men in the ring. The opportunity is there. He doesn’t have a zero chance of beating or causing the biggest upset in the sport. Yes, he has. In my opinion and I’m gonna stick by it and I’m not afraid to say it, there’s no way he’s beating Mayweather.

“I have nothing but respect for McGregor. There’s no bad blood. I think [he’s] phenomenal. And being a southpaw, it’s gonna work in his favor. He’s got the power to do it. I wasn’t fazed by his power, I wasn’t hurt. But again, we didn’t have 10-ounce gloves on and he’s got some small chance of causing an upset.”

One key point here is that van Heerden and McGregor sparred last year, so the latter has improved somewhat. But on the other hand, he’ll be facing an even greater champion in Mayweather, which makes it questionable how well McGregor will fare.

We shall find out on August 26.

Floyd Mayweather Comes Out of Retirement to Fight Conor McGregor

Famed boxer Floyd Mayweather announced that he’s coming out of retirement after two years away from boxing. Perhaps even bigger news is the fact that Mayweather wants his first opponent to be UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor.

There are other options, including unified welterweight champion Keith Thurman, rising prospect Errol Spence, and super welterweight fighter Canelo Alvarez. But none offer anywhere near the payday as a bout with McGregor.

The Irish MMA fighter, who comes from a boxing family, has proven just as adept at self-promotion as Mayweather. And for this reason, McGregor believes that he’s the same kind of draw.

But Mayweather has said all along that he’s the “A-side” to this prospective fight. He went on a rant about this shortly after announcing that he’s coming back to the ring.

“When I faced Arturo Gatti [in 2005 in Atlantic City], I went to his turf,” Mayweather explained. “He was the A-side, I was the B-side. I beat him. I didn’t cry. I didn’t complain. When I faced Oscar De La Hoya [in 2007 in Las Vegas], he was the A-side and I was the B-side. I didn’t cry. I didn’t complain. I beat him and I became the A-side.”

Mayweather specifically addressed McGregor during the rant and added that he wants the fight to take place in June.

“For Conor McGregor, I’m coming out of retirement, just to fight Conor McGregor,” said Mayweather. “I don’t want to hear no more excuses about the money, about the UFC. Sign the paper with the UFC so you can fight me in June. Simple and plain, let’s fight in June. You’re the B-side, I’m the A-side. We’re not here to cry about money. I’m tired of all this crying about money and saying you want to fight. You’re blowing smoke up everyone’s [butt], if you want to fight, sign the paperwork.”

Aside from bringing up how he’s the A-side again, Mayweather discussed what motivated him to come out of retirement, while managing to diss McGregor at the time time.

“I probably had silk pajamas on and they kept saying that, ‘Conor McGregor wants to fight. Conor McGregor wants to fight. Conor McGregor wants to fight,’” he recalled. “And to be honest, when they kept saying that, I was really like, to be honest, ‘I don’t know who the [expletive] that is.”

Continuing with the idea that he didn’t know McGregor, Mayweather said he needed two members of his security team to show him who the Irishman was through video footage.

“He’s using my name for leverage,” said Mayweather, believing that McGregor wasn’t serious about the fight.

Of course, on the flip side, Mayweather needs McGregor to make a big payday. The latter is the biggest name in MMA, and he’d no doubt complete a massive pay-per-view.

Mayweather hasn’t fought since Sept. 12, 2015, when he ended his career with an easy victory over the lightly known Andre Berto. At the time, there were no more big names for Money to fight and earn a huge payday, given that he’s beaten everybody else within striking range.

This isn’t to say that McGregor will offer any sort of new challenge. Although he’s on top of the MMA lightweight game and a good puncher, he isn’t a boxer by trade. While boxing is part of MMA, it’s far different than lacing up the gloves and taking on the world’s best pound-for-pound fighter.

Despite the fact that he’s a decided underdog, McGregor hasn’t backed down on his assertion that he can win this fight. He even stirred the pot by tweeting a picture of one of Mayweather’s “The Money Team” vans burning in the UK.

While it appears that McGregor has the confidence part down, he’s got a lot of work to do in the boxing department. He’s never boxed as an amateur or pro and would need to put in heavy training before June.

McGregor’s biggest UFC rival, Nate Diaz, lent some surprising support to the idea that the Irishman can win – especially in the earlier rounds.

“I think it is a big publicity stunt, but my take on a boxing match between the two is that McGregor, I think he’s got a good chance to make something happen in the first two or three rounds,” Diaz explained. “If anything, two or three rounds. But he’s got an amateur style where he’s only got the good movement, good punches for six, eight minutes. I think that’s too amateur for Mayweather. I’m just saying he’s got a puncher’s chance, if anything.”

Nothing is in writing yet, and McGregor has yet to respond to Mayweather’s comeback rant. But given the potential money on the table, it may be too tempting for McGregor to pass this deal up.

Assuming the fight does happen, you can bet that sportsbooks will be ringing with wagers on the Mayweather-McGregor fight.

WBO Champ Juan Manuel Marquez accused of using Steroids

juan-manuel-marquez-steroidsJuan Manuel Marquez (56-7-1, 40 KO’s) added another huge victory to his storied career after winning a unanimous decision over Mike Alvarado. This wasn’t just any win either as Marquez completely dismantled his opponent, en route to judges scoring the bout 117-109, 117-109 and 119-108.

Thanks to the WBO Welterweight Title belt that he gained from Alvarado, Marquez is on his way to becoming the first Mexican to win title bets in five different divisions. He’s also one of the few guys who can boast of a victory over Manny Pacquiao. But before we go on touting the accomplishments of Marquez, it’s worth mentioning that some steroid accusations are currently being hurled his way.

The most noteworthy accusations are coming via Victor Conte, who became infamous during baseball’s BALCO scandal. Now it appears as if Conte is the one casting stones as he launched a twitter barrage against Marquez over his chest acne:

Wonder if we may start 2 see betting odds suddenly change b4 future fights based upon pimples observed on a boxer at the weigh-in?

Does boxing know that elevated testosterone levels in teen males can cause acne

Did we not learn from MLB? Athletes don’t get bigger stronger faster the older they get naturally

If a boxer walks & quacks like a duck, boxing promoters decide 2 look the other way? The PED problem is growing!

Can’t help but wonder if @bobarum believes Marquez is a clean fighter? IMO Memo @guruscience needs investigation. If it walks & quacks…

juan-manuel-marquez-steroids-1

You can see that Conte is obviously convinced that Marquez’s impressive, 40-year-old physique and chest pimples are signs that the boxing champion is cheating. Moreover, Conte believes that boxing has a much larger problem with doping. But not everybody agrees that a great physique at an older age means a boxer is automatically juicing.

BoxingNews24 writer John Kelvin is one person who doesn’t buy into the belief that Marquez is using steroids. In fact, he thinks that people need to spend more time appreciating Marquez’s career. Below you can see a couple of things that Kelvin wrote as a rebuttal to the steroid accusations:

This accusation has been floating around since Marquez linked up with strength and conditioning coach Angel Heredia, before his knockout victory over his great rival Manny Pacquiao. Juan Manuel Marquez has never failed a drug test in his career, so there is no evidence to suggest that he is doing anything illegal. It is disrespectful of some fans to throw such such damaging accusations at a great fighter who has given so many great nights and fights to the world. Marquez has got to the level he is at in his career due to hard work, determination and discipline.

Prior to his fight against Mike Alvarado, fans were highlighting the acne on Marquez’s chest as another sign of alleged illegal supplement taking.  That acne could have been a result of almost anything, such as a rash. The most common cause is that Marquez is 40 years old and his body may simply be changing as a result of aging. That is what happens when you age, your body begins to change as some of the people reading this will know.

Like Kelvin points out, Marquez only has a few fights left in his career. So unless it can be proven that he’s juicing, Conte and fans may be off-base by quickly jumping to conclusions about the chest acne that he displayed leading up to the Alvarado bout.

One of Marquez’s final fights may be a fifth match against Pacquiao. Both fighters have been accused of juicing, so Kelvin’s plea for appreciation will likely fall on deaf ears. In their four-match series thus far, Pacquaio holds the edge with a 2-1-1 record. But the last victory belongs to Marquez, thus setting the stage for a mega-payday if these two meet in the ring once more.

Bernard Hopkins calls for Future Floyd Mayweather Fight

bernard-hopkins-floyd-mayweatherThe ageless Bernard Hopkins continues to defy logic after beating Beibut Shumenov to keep his IBF Light Heavyweight title and to win both the WBA (Super) and IBA Light Heavyweight belts. This marks the third straight win for Hopkins and his second IBF title defense.

So what’s next for the 49-year-old? Well, he’s hoping that a fight with Floyd Mayweather is, which would be a fight of epic proportions – both from a financial and historical perspective. “The only thing I want to know before I leave this game is that I gave it all,” Hopkins said. “It’s another page. Every page is history. Money is great but history is something you can’t get rid of.” But before this mega-fight can happen, Hopkins knows that first thing’s first.

He wants to take on Adonis Stevenson for his World Boxing Council belt, provided Stevenson can win against Poland’s Andrzej Fonfara. And Hopkins isn’t afraid of making this even more of a challenge, saying that he’d take on Stevenson in his home country of Canada. “I want to be the undisputed champion by the end of this year. Between now and January 2015, let’s do it,” he said. “I set out to be the best in the light-heavyweight division. I’m thirsty for that like I was at middleweight.”

bernard-hopkins-trainingIf everything falls into place for Hopkins, he would love to fight the welterweight Mayweather at middleweight. Currently 174 pounds, ‘The Executioner’ dominated the middleweight division for a decade, which included 20 title defenses. “I’ll give anybody a run for their money. If they are unbeaten I will take their 0, give them their first loss,” he said. “I could make 165, 168 real comfortably.”

As for Mayweather, he’s 45-0 and chasing Rocky Marciano’s legendary mark of 49-0. “Money” needs just four more victories to tie Marciano, but he’s also worried about his place in history, which could easily be furthered by moving up in weight and fighting Hopkins. “After I become the undisputed light-heavyweight champion of the world, if there was one big fight out there,” states Hopkins, “I know what I would call it ’50-50.’ He wants to pass Marciano. He wants to get to 50 and I am 50. That would be huge.”

floyd-mayweather-alvarezThe light-heavyweight champion has great respect for Mayweather, listing him at number one on the pound-for-pound best boxers list. Hopkins puts Andre Ward at number two and himself right underneath these two stars. “After that, I’m not too far from that number three. I’m not out there fighting creampuffs.”

With Hopkins proposing such a legendary fight, boxing fans will no doubt be hoping that the stars align to where he can meet the living legend Mayweather.