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 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.

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.