Chloe O'Keeffe previews the most anticipated fight of the year: Mayweather vs McGregor.
After much deliberation and question amongst the lips of the nation as to whether the highly-anticipated UFC meets Boxing bout, billed as “The Money Fight”, would go ahead, it was revealed in the early hours of Thursday 18th of May that in fact UFC Champion Conor McGregor had finally signed a deal with the UFC which would enable him to fight Floyd Mayweather Jr.
June 14th saw both McGregor and Mayweather take to their social media accounts to post promotional posters for the fight, which will be taking place on the 26th of August of this year at the T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas. The bout is scheduled for 12 rounds at 3 minutes at a weight limit of 154lbs with 10-ounce gloves.
Granted, it isn’t an unknown fact that McGregor entered MMA through boxing some years ago, but it’s still intriguing to know just how quickly he’ll re-adapt to boxing from MMA.
Though Mayweather is 10 years McGregor’s senior, it’s hard not to rate him above McGregor. In March, even before the deal was signed, Mayweather declared he was coming out of retirement. The 5- weight champion has the cleanest records to date at 49-0. A 50th fight, and possible win against someone as high profile as Conor McGregor, is clearly very tantalising. The Money Team have already patented a string of ’50-0’ trademarks to earn off the new record he seems certain to set on August 26th.
McGregor told the boxing media of the world shortly after Michael Conlan’s debut that the “whole world would eat their words,”. It isn’t a secret that the Dublin-born native is a predictionist, and has the world of self-belief in himself, so much so that sometimes, it’s actually hard not to share that with him.
All across media, we see many people side with the class and superiority of Mayweather. Though his age is a downfall, it has been said that the 40 year old Champion has been using cryotherapy to help him recover from the physical abuse he puts himself through the gym.
Cryotherapy helps the body to reset and recharge whilst freezing it to 216 degrees below freezing- almost 100 degrees colder than the lowest natural temperature. It is said Mayweather has also been taking yoga classes in preparation to take on his 28-year-old rival.
SunSport announced that the two global megastars will host their first press conference in just under two weeks’ time in Wembley, London with an expected attendance of 10,000 people. Amazingly, this is said to be a free event- to get in a witness the two go face-to-face for the first time since the announcement that rocked the sporting world.
It is said the two fighters will, from then will jet around the world in order to stoke up the fires ahead of the mouth-watering clash.
Whatever the overall verdict- win, lose or draw, it’ll definitely have one of the highest pay-per-view Ratings and payouts of all time.