Floyd Mayweather, arguably one of the greatest boxers of all time, a five-division world champion, and undefeated will soon be stepping into the ring against Conor McGregor.
You would think that with such an amazing record he would be adored worldwide, yet strangely he has just as many haters as he has fans. His arrogant and flamboyant attitude towards money has upset many people. Now, to add fuel to the fire, his next fight against Conor McGregor, a man that Mayweather has forgotten more about boxing than McGregor knows, has not won many haters over as this scheduled fight can only be about money.
Mayweather started his professional boxing career on October 11, 1996, against fellow newcomer Roberto Apodaca. Almost two years later to the day, Mayweather defeated Genaro Hernández in the eighth round, the corner man withdrawing Hernández from the fight. This victory won Mayweather the WBC and lineal super featherweight titles.
In January 2001, Mayweather fought Diego Corrales, a fighter who was also undefeated and had KO'd 27 previous opponents. Mayweather won every round and knocked down Corrales five times during the fight until Corrales corner man stepped into the ring and threw the towel in. June 2005 was the next landmark date for Mayweather as he fought Arturo Gatti for the WBC Super Lightweight title. Gatti's corner stopped the fight after round six, giving Mayweather his third world title with Gatti taking too much punishment.
In April 2006 Zab Judah fought Mayweather for the IBF and vacant IBO welterweight titles. The fight went the distance and Mayweather were awarded a unanimous decision victory. Interestingly enough, this was the start of the end Mayweather's destructive power and finishing skills. In fact, since that fight with Judah, Mayweather has only managed to stop two opponents in his last thirteen fights, stopping both Ricky Hatton and Victor Ortiz. A split decision victory over Oscar De La Hoya in May 2007 to win the WBC light middleweight title and a unanimous decision victory over Miguel Cotto to win the WBA (Super) light middleweight title in 2012 have been Mayweather's only bragging rights, Many boxing fans would argue that Mayweather lost his fight against Manny Pacquiao in May 2015, was it Mayweather's lucky night as the Pac-Man went to work on him?
So now it is Conor McGregor's turn, and let's be honest, as a boxing match this should be a stroll in the park for Mayweather. However, strange things can happen and if Mayweather is complacent and doesn't take the Irishman seriously it is possible, albeit very unlikely, McGregor could land a punch and take out the champion. Should the reality be Mayweather toy's with McGregor and showcases the immense difference in skill level between a finely tuned boxer and an MMA slugger?
So who do you think will win this fight, do you think the fight will go past the first round?