Conor McGregor is stepping into the unknown next month when he enters a boxing ring for the first time in a professional contest against one of the all-time greats of the sport in Floyd Mayweather. The Irishman is not one to back down from a challenge though which has set up a fascinating contest between two of the leading powerhouses of their respective sports.
The betting suggests McGregor has it all to do as Mayweather is the 1/7 favourite to bring his professional record up to 50-0. When you read through some of the tips for the Mayweather V McGregor fight, though, there are several people behind McGregor, who can be backed at as big as 40/1 in a sign up offer ahead of the event, while he is generally a 5/1 to cause an upset in Las Vegas.
In the method of victory market, the bookmakers make Mayweather as short as 8/13 to get the win by KO, TKO or disqualification. McGregor, on the other hand, is 6/1 to win by stoppage against the unbeaten welterweight boxer.
Here is a look at five reasons which suggests McGregor can win the fight.
Age – McGregor is the younger man in this bout by 11 years, which is a substantial difference, especially when you consider Mayweather is coming out of retirement for the fight so is unlikely to be as sharp as he used to be. McGregor always keeps himself in great shape and is at the peak stages of his career.
Crowd – The majority of the crowd in Vegas are going to be behind McGregor, which could inspire him to the win. McGregor is hugely popular in the world of sport and will be able to feed off the audience if he needs to dig deep in the final round of the fight.
Risk – McGregor has done an excellent job at getting under the skin of Mayweather on their world promotional tour so far. Mayweather is not used to taking a verbal beating on the stage; therefore, he is going to go into this fight riled up, which could lead to unnecessary risk. Throughout his career, Mayweather has been very methodical about his business, but he will want to hand the MMA star a big beating next month, which could play into McGregor’s hands.
Size – McGregor is likely to be the biggest man Mayweather has been inside the boxing ring with. That means that McGregor’s punches are going to have some meat behind them. If McGregor was a professional boxer himself, there is no way Mayweather would accept this fight.
Strategy – Mayweather is unlikely to have faced an opponent before in boxing who is as fearless as McGregor. The Irishman will look to make this a brawl in the centre of the ring as he will know he is unlikely to win the fight on the scorecards. The UFC will aim to stop the boxer early and it will be interesting to see how Mayweather reacts if he does get caught with a combination.
The much-anticipated clash of the century takes place on August 25 from the T-Mobile Arena, which is sold out for the unique contest.