Boxing Preview: Mayweather V McGregor Betting: Can Conor kick it?

July 31, 2017 Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Google+ All,Boxing,UFC

Well obviously Conor McGregor can’t actually kick Floyd Mayweather Jr. when they face off in Las Vegas next month.

But if the feisty Irishman can mix it with one of the best pound-for-pound boxers the world’s ever seen, we could be on for a spectacular night come August 26th.

The most recent ‘Fight of the Century’ has garnered more attention than anything that’s gone before, despite the fact that few people are giving UFC star Conor McGregor (pictured above) much hope in his first professional boxing bout. If you want to find out more about the best way to make some money on this fight, head to

‘The Notorious’ did excel on the recent promotional tour though, where his humour and quick wits served him well. But scoring some early points in the war of words won’t be worth much once he steps into the ring with ‘Money’ Mayweather. The American has boxed his whole life, while McGregor will have to adhere to the Queensberry Rules for the first time since he was a youngster.

McGregor did become an All-Ireland boxing champion at youth level, but focused his attentions on MMA around the age of 16. After intense training in the art of pugilism over recent months, the world waits with baited breath to see how his stand-up game translates from the octagon to the boxing ring.

The 29-year-old is renowned for his clinical striking. McGregor’s 13 second knockout of Jose Aldo is one of the most stunning examples of how well he can time a punch, but at the T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas he comes up against possibly the best back-foot boxer of all time. Mayweather is a master of the counter-punch, and he’ll take every opportunity to remind his opponent of this.

At the grand old age of 40, though, there’s no doubt that the undefeated boxer is not the same fighter he was. His punches won’t be as hard, and his reactions could have slowed after almost two years away from the sport.

Mayweather’s always kept in good shape, but there’s bound to be a little bit of ring rust to blow away. Throw in McGregor’s unique movement and awkward stance, and there’s every chance the elder man could get caught in the early exchanges.

Whether McGregor’s punches carry the same weight in the heavier boxing gloves remains to be seen, as does his ability to last the pace after packing on more muscle for this fight. The Irishman’s been working on his fitness on an underwater treadmill at the UFC Performance Institute, and pounding the exercise bike in late night training sessions.

Come fight night, it’s all about getting oxygen to those muscles, and hoping he doesn’t fatigue as he did against Nate Diaz in their first encounter last year. Being in a ring with the technically immense Mayweather is the last place you want to be if you’re all out of steam.

The common consensus is that the five-division world champion boxer will make light work of this fight. Former heavyweight champ Mike Tyson predicted ‘McGregor is going to get killed in boxing.’

But if McGregor catches Mayweather flush with one of those lightning left hands, who knows what could happen. That’s what makes this fight so intriguing, and that’s why tickets sold out within minutes.

If Conor can stop Mayweather taking his record to 50-0, it really would be the ‘Fight of the Century’.

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