So now all the stage show antics and bravado has finally come to an end, Mayweather and McGregor will head back to their respective training camps and get down to the serious business, before they meet on August 26th for the final word.
Their whirlwind tour which included Los Angeles, Toronto, New York, and London was nothing short of a circus show. Each fighter desperate to outdo each other. They used every opportunity to slate each other, mocking age, tapping out, money and wealth, dress sense, in fact just about everything was thrown into the mix.
What did it achieve, well it certainly increased the hype and no doubt pulled in a few thousand extra spectators as the fighters both made it quite clear there was no love lost between them and that they were ready to go to war! Many of the bookies are starting to show their hands in terms of odds for the huge fight, Streaming rights in the UK are still be discussed with Sky and ITV the two big guns still in the running.
American former five-weight boxing world champion Mayweather, 40, will face Irish UFC lightweight titleholder McGregor, 29, in 12 rounds under boxing rules in Las Vegas on 26 August. Many fight fans have mocked the fight and dismissed it as nothing but a money making train that will count for nothing in the world of boxing. Nevertheless, when the bell does sound and the fight begins, money or no money, both fighters still have a lot to lose should they lose on the night.
McGregor has tasted defeat before, three times, in fact, losing to Artemij Sitenkov, Joseph Duffy and more recently and more famously Nate Diaz, a fight Mayweather made constant reference to as the UFC champion was forced to tap out. Mayweather, on the other hand, has never been beaten. He has proved throughout his career he has a solid chin and is no stranger to soaking up big hits, can McGregor deliver a more powerful punch that boxers such as Oscar De La Hoya, Manny Pacquiao or Miguel Cotto remain to be seen.
McGregor will also have to worry about Mayweather’s speed and accuracy. Mayweather has struggled to finish opponents in his last fights, but that doesn’t mean he lacks power. He will hit hard and a lot harder than most fighters McGregor will have ever faced. If he cannot deal with the power and speed of Mayweather it may well be an early bath for the UFC Champion.
August 26th, a date that is not to be missed when Boxing meets UFC…….
Mayweather Odds 1/6
Mcgregor Odds 4/1