When UFC fighter Conor McGregor said he would be interested in fighting boxing champ Floyd Mayweather Jr. on “CONAN” back in 2015, the world started to imagine what a matchup between the two would look like.
On Aug. 26, all eyes will be on Mayweather vs. McGregor as fighting fans will see these two champions square off against one another.
For over two years, fans of both boxing and mixed martial arts have had to debate as to who was the better fighter. While the buildup for this fight has been long, the matchup has created a lot of excitement around what could happen, and this fight has the potential to be the biggest sporting event of the year.
While Mayweather may be predicted to win easily, fans of fighting know that one punch can change the outlook immediately. With all of the trash talking coming from both sides, it’s obvious that both fighters are going to give it all they’ve got to make sure they come out with the win.
1. The Where, When, and How to Watch (and How Much It’ll Cost)
When: The scheduled 12-round fight will be on Aug. 26, 2017.
Where: T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
How to watch: The fight will be broadcast on Showtime pay-per-view.
2. Mayweather vs McGregor Betting Odds
On the day that the fight became official, online sportsbook Bovada had set the odds in favor of Mayweather (-800) over McGregor (+500). As of July 7, those odds have been brought a little closer, but Mayweather (-600) is still predicted to win over McGregor (+400).
The odds have likely gotten closer due to the high volume of bets for McGregor, in hopes of winning big should the UFC fighter upset the undefeated, five-division champion boxer.
- Floyd Mayweather by KO, TKO, or DQ (-155)
- Floyd Mayweather by Decision or Technical Decision (+220)
- Conor McGregor by KO, TKO, or DQ (+425)
- Conor McGregor by Decision or Technical Decision (+1200)
- Fight Drawn (+5000)
3. The bout will be fought at 154 pounds
Dana White announced that the fight will be set at 154lbs, and that the fighters will wear 10oz gloves. Mayweather has had many fights at that weight, so he’ll be comfortable, but the announcement was also a positive for McGregor. “Notorious” has had UFC fights at 155lbs, so he has experience there, but it also means he won’t have to cut a crazy amount of weight for the fight. Had the fight been set at 147lbs, the fighters would have had to fight with 8oz gloves—that extra padding could be the difference in having knockout power or not. Either way, this is going to be one hell of an entertaining matchup.