The fight that everyone has been waiting for is finally here. All of the hype and trash talk will finally end as Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Conor McGregor get into the boxing ring on Saturday night in order to prove who’s the best fighter in the world.
There’s no doubt this is the biggest boxing match since Mayweather took on Pacquiao, and for the first time in years, people are talking about the sport. In anticipation, The Guardian broke down the fight to help everyone understand it, and we added a few things as well.
Start Time And Card
The action actually kicks off at 6 p.m. ET, and according to MMAfighting.com, the first two matches will not be televised.
Regardless, starting at 6 p.m., fans in the arena will see two super middleweight bouts in Kevin Newman vs. Antonio Hernandez followed by Savannah Marshall vs. Sydney LeBlanc. At 7:00 p.m., fans can tune into Fox to catch welterweight bouts of Yordenis Ugas vs. Thomas Dulorme and Juan Heraldez vs. Jose Miguel Borrego.
Then at 9:00 p.m. things head over to pay-per-view for the main card where they will be treated to a light heavyweight bout between Badou Jack vs. Nathan Cleverly, a junior lightweight fight of Gervonta Davis vs. Francisco Fonseca, a cruiserweight fight between Andrew Tabiti vs. Steve Cunningham, and of course, the main event between Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor.
Mayweather And McGregor Will Be Paid Handsomely
Mayweather and McGregor will both be rewarded for Saturday night’s fight whether they win or lose, and they’re both expected to earn up to $100 million each. Not bad for one night of work.
So please don’t feel sorry for the loser. They will be just fine.
McGregor’s Fighting Style Has To Drastically Change
As an MMA fighter McGregor is accustomed to punching and kicking his opponents all over their bodies, but during this fight, there will be a lot more rules for him to follow since it’s a boxing match.
For one, McGregor won’t be able to kick Mayweather. He can only punch him from the waste up and even then, he has to be careful that he doesn’t punch him behind the head, which is against the rules.
Boxing And MMA Will Reap The Benefits
You might be wondering why a great boxer like Mayweather and a great UFC fighter like McGregor would want to fight one another when they actually participate in two different sports.
Of course, MMA and boxing are different, but they’re both combat sports and can help one another. Boxing hasn’t been respectable for years, and this fight is a way to get people to pay a lot of money in order to watch a boxing match.
On the flip side, president Dana White and the UFC will gain more exposure for their sport while raking in millions of dollars from the fight. In the end, it’s about money and exposure and both sides will get plenty of both.
No One Believes McGregor Will Win
As mentioned earlier in this article, the 29-year-old McGregor is a mixed martial arts fighter and not a boxer. Because of this, no one believes that he has a chance to defeat the 40-year-old Mayweather.
Some people have gone as far as to say that McGregor won’t even land a punch on Mayweather, but we’re not buying that. Regardless, Vegas odds are incredibly in Mayweather’s favor:
Mayweather Win – 1/4
McGregor Win – 3/1
Draw – 33/1
One thing that McGregor has going for him is that he’s younger, faster and stronger. We don’t know if he’ll win, but it could get interesting.
The Winner Will Get A Ridiculous Belt
Both McGregor and Mayweather will also be fighting for a special WBC “Money Belt” that’s encrusted with diamonds.
The WBC actually went out of their way to create a special belt just for this fight.
If Mayweather wins, he would not only get his 50th career win but also the 16th title belt of his career.
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