Mayweather Vs McGregor : Need to know
On August 26 ’17, probably the biggest spectacle in all of fight sports takes place, as Floyd Mayweather Jr. comes out of retirement for (presumably) a final fight against rising Mixed Martial Arts star Conor McGregor.
The fight’s been hyped as many things – both sides are calling it “The Money Fight” while McGregor’s camp seems to be hyping it as “The End Of Boxing,” and Mayweather Jr’s simply branding it “Easy Work” – but make no mistake that it will absolutely be a show. With all the pre-fight hype, opinions, speculations and press tours being as fun as they were, we’re now coming up on the big day, with both fighters wrapping up open media workouts last Thursday and Friday. Which means that now, WE can add to the pre-fight hype, opinions, and speculations.
Here’s some things that you’ll need to know (as well as a couple things you probably already knew) going into “The Money Fight.”
The first thing you should know is that you are not currently dreaming and yes, this is actually happening.
- Floyd Mayweather Jr is coming out of retirement specifically to fight Conor McGregor. Mayweather had retired with a record of 49-0, identical to heavyweight great Rocky Marciano. A win, naturally, would put him at 50-0.
- Conor McGregor is 21-3 as a professional mixed martial artist. This is his first professional boxing match.
- The fight’s going to be at the T-Mobile Arena in Paradise, Nevada, on August 26th 2017
- Floyd Mayweather is 40 years old going into the fight. Conor McGregor is 29.
- The fight will be 12 rounds, with 10-ounce boxing gloves. (Despite all the talk, don’t expect the fight to change to 8-ounce gloves. There’s not a lot of time to prep, and the contract’s already been signed. It can change, but don’t expect it to.)
- The fight will be at 154lbs.
- Fox Sports 1 will have a pre-show and the preliminary card fights. The fight will be broadcast via Showtime Pay-Per-View, and will reflect the ticket prices for Mayweather-Pacquiao (which means it’ll cost $90 bucks, and there’s a ten dollar charge for the HD feed.)
- Technically, both fighters have signed non-disclosure agreements regarding their estimated fight purse, but that hasn’t stopped people from speculating.
It’s believed that Mayweather is set to earn (at the minimum) $100 million dollars from the fight, while McGregor is being speculated to walk away with $75 million.
- Mayweather and McGregor have been exchanging barbs long before their press conferences were made into highlight reels – McGregor was talking shit to Mayweather during the build up to UFC 196, in March 2016.
- Many McGregor fans are quick to talk about how Mayweather isn’t a very powerful boxer, but here’s an interesting fact – Mayweather has more knockout victories in boxing than McGregor has fights in MMA (McGregor holds a 21-3 record, while 26 of Floyd’s 49 victories have come from KO).
- There’s a boxing scoring system known as CompuBox that measures a punchstat, the percentage of punches landed versus punches thrown. The reason it’s important for this fight is because a couple telling stats come out of it; Mayweather registers as the most accurate puncher in the metric, landing 46 per cent of his punches through the nine fights tracked. That’s not the most important stat for Mayweather though, as his opponents collectively only landed 16 per cent of their shots.
- Speaking of CompuBox, it’s kept track of a few of McGregors fights, and here’s the big stat out of his results; through all of his fights, McGregor has spent a total of 31 minutes on his feet. Should the fight go all 12 rounds, McGregor will be on his feet for 36 minutes. McGregor also threw an average of 42 strikes per round during the fights tracked.
- Last point on CompuBox; in case you’re wondering, the most pressure Floyd has ever been under in a fight was the first time he fought Marcos Maidana on May 3rd, 2014. During the fight, Maidana landed 26 per cent of his grand total punches, roughly 223 out of 858 punches. That’s an average of 71 punches thrown per round.
- Conor McGregor is a two-division UFC champion – he holds the featherweight title and the middleweight title (although due to his absence from the division, an interim champion was crowned. When/if McGregor decides to fight in the UFC Featherweight Division again, he’ll be fighting to unify the belts.) He’s not the only fighter to ever be a champ in two weight classes, as both BJ Penn and Randy Couture had done it before, but McGregor is the first UFC fighter to hold multiple title belts at the same time.
- Conor McGregor isn’t even close to the biggest fighter that Mayweather’s fought in his career – he once fought The Big Show at Wrestlemania 24.
- You’re probably hearing the name Paulie Malignaggi an awful lot lately. That’s because he was invited to spar with Conor McGregor leading up to the fight, and things got a little intense. McGregor’s camp released a picture that suggested Malignaggi was knocked down during their sparring session, and Malignaggi took offense. He’s still really, really pissed off, even challenging McGregor to another boxing match once this is all done. The footage has been released, and yeah, Malignaggi was knocked down.
- Malignaggi isn’t the only boxer that McGregor’s trained with – he also worked with Chris Van Heerden to prepare for his rematch with Nate Diaz. Van Heerden was more complimentary of McGregors skill in the boxing ring, and when he was asked about the chance of an upset recently, Van Heerden said the following; “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 a ring. The opportunity is there.”
- Not a lot of people gave Conor McGregor a chance in his fight against Jose Aldo, and McGregor knocked Aldo out in 13 seconds.
There’s more to say, but most of it can be covered with the appropriate footage. So, to start, here’s some highlights from their recent media workout.
And in case you missed it, or just miss it, here’s some of the highlights from their press tour.
Finally, ESPN’s Sport Science did a quick breakdown of the two fighters and their different techniques. There’s some really cool stuff in this video, and it’s a quick watch.
Finally, here’s some highlights of that Floyd Mayweather vs Big Show match, because maybe you saw that and thought it wasn’t true.