It’s not long now until Floyd Mayweather takes on Conor McGregor in a battle of former boxing champion versus two-weight UFC champion. Despite being 11 years McGregor’s senior and retired for two years, Mayweather is expected to win the sanctioned boxing match.
Having said that, support for the mixed martial arts star has swelled since the fight’s announcement, with many fight fans backing McGregor to upset the odds and escape the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas with a win. So, if the Irishman does pull off a minor miracle, should he continue in the sport of boxing, or go back to mixed martial arts?
Is a McGregor win even foreseeable?
A month or so ago, there wasn’t anything going for Conor McGregor. The odds were firmly stacked against him, and people were questioning why – besides money – he would even try to fight someone with Floyd Mayweather’s record in a purer sport than he’s accustomed.
But McGregor’s chances of winning seem to be getting better. Knowing that it’s very unlikely that McGregor would be able to outbox Mayweather over 12 rounds – thus losing by decision – the UFC champion will need to go for the knockout. Being an elite-level fighter, bigger, stronger, in his prime, and able to fight in ways that Mayweather hasn’t encountered in his storied career, backing McGregor to win within the distance at 4/1 could make good use of Betfred’s £60 in bonuses.
Having never fought a meaningful boxing match, there’s no wonder why McGregor is such a huge underdog coming into the fight. But in the ring, anything can happen, and McGregor certainly has the mindset and physical abilities to not only give Mayweather a hard time but also defeat him.
What next for Conor McGregor?
In the still quite unlikely event that Conor McGregor does win on August 26, the fighting star will have quite a choice on his hands. His manager, Audie Attar, has said that it’s in McGregor’s plans to return to mixed martial arts and fight in the UFC again, possibly fighting before the end of 2017. However, defeating Mayweather would most certainly open doors for him in boxing, and the money there is significantly better than in the UFC.
The Mayweather versus McGregor bout is obviously a big one-off hype event, which has caused the estimated earning of both fighters to swell up to over $75 million, but the sport in itself still garners more money for its main events than mixed martial arts does, especially for the stars of the sport. If McGregor were to defeat Mayweather, he would become an overnight sensation to a whole new audience and would be able to start a route towards a world title in boxing.
However, the amount of recognition and attention that he could potentially bring back to his native sport of mixed martial arts could be priceless. Plus, if he were to stay in boxing, McGregor may find success down the line hard to come by when he comes up against the sport’s most elite fighters in the super welterweight division, such as Erislandy Lara, Jermell Charlo, or Demetrius Andrade.
If Conor McGregor does manage to win in Las Vegas against Floyd Mayweather, it would do him good to return to the octagon, accelerate mixed martial arts on its ascendancy to the public eye, and become an all-time UFC legend.