When the fight between Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor was first announced, it sounded surreal to sports fans the world over.
Though the figures involved would later help make the match-up look more sensible, it took a while before some sports fans could catch up.
The world’s usually used to the boxer vs. boxer, MMA fighter vs. MMA fighter kind of contests. So, maybe it’s a bit understandable, the surprise that followed the announcement of a legendary boxer agreeing to fight a Mixed Martial Arts fighter.
After four world press tours – from Los Angeles to Toronto to New York to London, the reality seems to have finally dawned on all: come August 26, Mayweather and McGregor will square up against each other and trade blows in the same ring.
The boxing world and the MMA world will collide. Who will win?
Some may say Floyd has an advantage over his Irish opponent being a natural boxer who has been involved in the sport for 20 years. Some others will talk up Conor’s MMA fighting skills which have earned him 21 wins in 24 MMA bouts.
How about a closer look at both fighters?
40-year old Floyd Mayweather, widely regarded as the one of the best evasive boxers ever, has never tasted defeat since he started boxing professionally on the 11th of October, 1996, boasting a record 49-0, 26 of those wins coming via knockouts.
So much for a man who earlier in the year he started boxing professionally, was defeated at the Atlanta 1996 Olympic Games.
The fight against McGregor seemed huge enough – economically and every-wise – to lure the American out of his second retirement. Mayweather will now be looking to go one better than Rocky Marciano, the former heavyweight great who retired with a 49-0 record.
At the other end of the ring, records are not at stake for a certain Conor McGregor. With a 21-3 record in the MMA world, not losing is not the aim.
The 29-year old who currently holds 2 UFC titles may not be the best MMA fighter around, but he’s as close as you can get. And the Irishman is out to “change the face of boxing” by beating Floyd Mayweather and throwing a spanner in the works.
Boasting grit, stamina and the MMA-kind of strength, maybe Conor is up to something. Maybe.
It’s been confirmed that nine-figure pay packages have been assured for both fighters, regardless of whoever wins or loses. Chai… That’s some money there!
Little wonder the world press tour has seen all kinds of drama. The anticipation is obvious with the large turnout of fans at these press tours, making August 26 one to definitely look out for.
Two worlds are on a collision course. It’s Mayweather vs. McGregor. Who will be the last man standing? Share your thoughts with us. We’d like to know what you think.
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