Floyd Mayweather Jr Vs Conor McGregor – Preview and Prediction

Floyd Mayweather Jr comes out of retirement at 40 years of age to take on UFC star Conor McGregor in a fight that is tipped to smash PPV records and net each fighter in the region of 100 million dollars each.

Mayweather Jr will also be looking at overtaking his and former heavyweight champion Rocky Marciano’s perfect professional boxing record of 49-0.

It is without a doubt Floyd Mayweather Jr has been one of the best fighters to ever grace the boxing ring, or at the very least, the best of this generation and as such his legacy will be on the line, a defeat will severely harm this and is almost unthinkable.

McGregor has little to lose, this will be the 29-year-old’s first professional boxing bout, he is best known for his excellent striking ability in the octagon but this will be the first time he fights under the rules of boxing only.

The fight has generated a huge amount of debate, there are those that believe McGregor has a great chance of the upset and there are those that believe the fight is a complete mismatch.

I am of the opinion that it will be the latter that plays out on the night of August 26th, I am of the opinion the fight will not be competitive in the slightest and the public is being duped in many respects.

This is elite level boxing and while Mayweather Jr may be 40 years old now it was only 2 years ago he schooled an elite level fighter in Manny Pacquiao, I find it hard to believe he would have diminished enough from then to now to allow McGregor any sniff of pulling off the unthinkable.

Interestingly the odds are closer than I would have ever imagined and money is going in on McGregor, you can only get around 7/2 on the Irishman at the present time of writing, Mayweather is 2/7 favorite.

To put that into perspective Marcos Maidana was an 8/1 underdog in his first fight with Mayweather, therefore McGregor is being given more of a chance than the hard hitting warrior Maidana who had professionally boxed all his life and was a proven world champion in boxing. I find that absolutely crazy.

I will just give it to you straight, If McGregor was a 25/1 shot I still wouldn’t bet on him because, in my opinion, he has absolutely no chance of beating Floyd Mayweather Jr in a boxing ring.

This bout will be a mismatch and while Mayweather Jr may take a round or 2 to size up his opponent, once he has gauged what is in front of him I expect to see such a gulf in class, it will result in Mayweather doing pretty much what he wants and landing at will as the rounds progress.

Part of Mayweather Jr success is that he was able to adapt as he aged and moved up the weight divisions, he almost fought his career as two different fighters, there was ‘Pretty Boy’ Floyd who was more aggressive and known as a power puncher in the smaller weight divisions then there was ‘Money’ Mayweather, a defensive genius who defines the sweet science of – hit and don’t be hit.

I actually believe Mayweather will be so comfortable with what is in front of him on August the 26th we may see a glimpse of ‘Pretty Boy’ like we saw against so many in his super featherweight career, where Mayweather was more aggressive letting his hands go and landing 5-6 punch combinations at a time.

The betting odds for this fight are great for those with a similar opinion to mine, for me Mayweather should be a 1/25 + favourite, not 2/7, in fact, I am very confident Mayweather will be able to force a stoppage here. Maybe not by ‘knock out’ in the term we know it, but in the sense of inflicting enough damage over the course of rounds to force McGregor to retire or his corner to pull him out of the fight.

Mayweather is 4/5 to get a stoppage at the time of writing, for me that is worth a significant stake. I am expecting Mayweather to completely dominate and stop Conor McGregor on August 26th.


BETTING TIP: 5 points on Mayweather by KO/TKO 4/5 (various bookmakers)