Unless you have been indulging in a self-imposed media blackout over the last few days, you’ll no doubt know by now that the ink is currently drying on the contracts for what will most likely turn out to be the richest fight in boxing history.
News first broke on Wednesday evening that Conor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather have finally agreed terms on a mega fight set to take Place on August 26th at the T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas and will see the two biggest commodities of their respective sport collide in spectacular fashion.
The majority of bookmakers, pundits and fans are predicting an easy nights work for five weight world champion Mayweather who is looking to extend his unblemished winning streak in the sport to a record breaking 50-0-0.
1) The Gloves
Yes, Gloves. The gloves could prove to be one of the most important aspects of this fight.
McGregor will no doubt be looking to utilise the left hand that has brought him so much joy throughout his MMA career but there is a huge difference between the 4-6oz ounce gloves deployed in the UFC and the 10-12oz gloves that will be worn on fight night and McGregor may just find that his power doesn’t carry quite carry the same potency through a larger, more padded glove.
This one simply comes down to who has the better engine. Mayweather has spent his entire career sailing through 12 round fights while hardly breaking a sweat; his conditioning has never once been called into question during his 49 victories.
If Conor McGregor doesn’t pace himself properly he could find himself in the same position he was in during that first Diaz fight and a gassed fighter standing in front of Floyd Mayweather is a worrying prospect.
Yes, occasionally Floyd Mayweather has been labeled as ‘boring’ or ‘a runner’ due to his defensive style, but it is his distinct shoulder roll and slick movement that has enabled him to get through 49 fights taking minimal damage along the way.
Mayweather has arguably the greatest defense boxing has ever seen and has utilised it to perfection against some of the best this generation has to offer.
Connor McGregor is going to find opportunities to land clean punches extremely limited and every missed punch against Mayweather is normally followed up by a precise, point scoring, counter punch.
4) The Integrity of the Sport
The party line for this fight seems to allude to the fact that Conor McGregor has nothing to lose and while there may be an element of truth to that, he’ll be coming up against a man with absolutely everything to lose and that should be more than enough to keep Mayweather motivated.
Mayweather is carrying boxing on his shoulders going into this fight; a loss would not only be catastrophic for his own personal record but for the sport of boxing in general.
This will not be the first time that Mayweather has put it all the line and in the pressure situation, he always delivers.
5) This is a Boxing Match
The simplest yet most important reason of them all, this is a boxing match, Floyd Mayweather is a Boxer, the result of this fight should not be in question and it could turn out to be one of the biggest mismatches we have ever seen.
All of the reasons stated here show why Mayweather has been instilled as the firm favorite to win this fight with ease, but through all the reasoning and all the hype, this is combat sport and anyone is just that one well-placed, perfectly timed shot away from walking away with the W.
With that in Mind, could McGregor pull off the upset? There are more than enough people out there who firmly believe he can do just that.