Floyd Mayweather to face Mcgregor in biggest boxing fight
- Author: Steve Townsend Aug 27, 2017,
Aug 27, 2017, 1:01
One punter placed a $1.2 million cash bet on Mayweather, which will earn around $240 000. As much as McGregor's advantages in size, reach, youth (29 vs. the 40-year-old Floyd) and recency of his last fight of any kind (November 2016 vs. Eddie Alvarez at UFC 205), his sheer lack of experience in a boxing ring leaves him playing catch-up. We now have an answer thanks to a Nevada State Athletic Commission law that demands a promoter discloses all fighter purses for any contest in the state.
A fearless and vicious fighter taking on an aging boxer who hasn't fought in nearly two years, McGregor's best shot at a victory will be connecting with a thundering left hand like the one that dropped Jose Aldo 13 seconds into their UFC featherweight championship fight.
The Las Vegas streets surrounding the fight venue following Friday's weigh-in were transformed into a sea of emerald green as McGregor's raucous army of supporters danced and chanted under blazing sunshine.
"Their response nearly universally was 'We don't care if it's a mismatch. if there's a.01 (percent) chance that something incredible could happen, we need to watch it'".
Both Mayweather and McGregor agreed to Byrd as the referee of choice for their match.
While he has power he watches his opponents and looks for weaknesses early and then goes for the power punch.
Meanwhile, Conor McGregor's guaranteed minimum purse for tonight is $30 million.
A crowd of close to 20,000 is expected to fill the T-Mobile Arena, where ringside seats on resale sites are being offered for more than $100,000, with millions more around the globe watching on pay-per-view. Later in 2015, actor and Boston native Mark Wahlberg said he wanted to make a movie with McGregor.
Mayweather revealed he had heard McGregor was using IV bags and that he was in line to weigh in over the 154-pound limit. "Mayweather's going to teach him what boxing's all about".
A nonplussed Mayweather shrugged off his weight disadvantage and vowed to stop McGregor inside the distance.
In November, Mayweather was such a heavy favorite that you'd need to put in $2,250 to win a meager $100, while you could win $950 on a bet of just $100 for a McGregor victory.