Floyd Mayweather-Conor McGregor: It's Actually Happening

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ByTheMinMMA

Well. I guess it's time. I'm Jody Jamieson and I've been avoiding this speculation as much as possible for two reasons. Firstly I didn't think it would happen, and secondly, I think it's mostly a terrible idea. But it's here, and whatever it ends up like, the build up is going to be quite something. Floyd Mayweather vs Conor McGregor. What do we know?

The fight will take place on August 26th in Las Vegas, Nevada. The venue isn't 100% confirmed, but all signs point to the T-Mobile Arena, a relatively new arena that opened last year. The first combat sports event there was Canelo Alvarezx vs Amir Khan last May, and it will host both the TUF 25 Finale and UFC 213 over July 7th and 8th.

The fight, according to Dana White, will take place at 154 pounds, and will feature the standard 10 ounce boxing gloves. While the weight is probably a good thing for Conor (early reports had the likely weight to be 146 lbs) the standard size of the boxing gloves most definitely is not, when you compare them to the 4 oz MMA gloves he is used to.

The Nevada State Athletic Commission has already confirmed they will sanction the fight (as they know if they don't, someone else will and they'll miss out on that sweet sweet cash) and as such, Floyd will have the chance to be the first boxer ever to reach 50 career wins without a loss, breaking the record of Rocky Marciano.

McGregor meanwhile, is 0-0 as a pro boxer, 0-0 as an amateur boxer. He does boast a 21-3 pro MMA record, boasting a 9-1 record in the UFC with 8 KO/TKOs.

So what should we expect from this fight? Well, it must be said that Conor McGregor, like anyone, has a puncher's chance. Nothing is impossible in sports. And in terms of in the ring, McGregor will have a 2 inch reach advantage, and certainly a size advantage in terms of weight after the weigh-ins.

However, realistically a puncher's chance is all it is. Floyd Mayweather is not the type of guy who's going to go into this fight, have a war, and see who hits hardest. He's going to do what he always does. Sit back, and try to counter punch his opponent. Mayweather is the best defensive boxer in history, and McGregor will do well to hit him hard once.

The most likely scenario for this fight is Floyd completely dominates for the first few rounds, and then we'll see from there. McGregor's cardio has been very suspect, especially in the two fights with Nate Diaz in 2016, and in a potentially 36 minute fight, even if McGregor does a good job of not getting hit hard himself, the openings will be there in the later rounds.

I'm the MMA guy on this site. I hardly ever watch boxing, so I'd love to see McGregor win this and shock the world. However the chances are remote, and 1/8 odds on Floyd Mayweather in some bookmakers look extremely enticing, and I hardly ever bet on anything that's shorter than evens.

There's a part of me that really really hates this fight. It's likely going to be a big of a freak show fight. But I can't pretend I don't want to see it. It's the biggest PPV draw in the history of boxing taking on MMA's biggest star.