The stage is set, the world is ready. It’s the most anticipated fight in boxing history, it’s another money spinning fight arguably the biggest fight ever.
T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas, USA will be on fire today. It’s boxing against the martial arts, 2-division Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) winner against a five-division world boxing champion.
It’s Floyd “The Money Man” Mayweather vs Conor “The Notorious” McGregor, with an 11 years difference between both men, an American against the Irish .
McGregor, 29, weighed in at 153lbs for Saturday’s 154lb fight, with Mayweather, 40, 149.5lbs.
The boxing world is giving Mcgregor no chance, he has been a fighter but not a boxer, Mayweather is an undefeated boxer, 49 fights with no loss for the legend and he will make history yet again if he comes unscathed in his 50th fight.
Mayweather is expected to earn at least $100 million, McGregor is expected to earn $75 million.
Referee: Robert Byrd
Judges: Burt Clements, Dave Moretti and Guido Cavalleri
THE WAR OF WORDS
Floyd ‘The Money Man’ Mayweather
I am More Experienced
“I don’t think that I’m the same Floyd Mayweather that I was 10 years ago. I’m not even the same Floyd Mayweather that I was I was five or two years ago, But I still have a high IQ in that ring.
“And experience wise, it leans towards me, period, because I have been in the ring at such a high level for so long.”
Legacy On The Line
“When a fighter has lost before, if he loses again they say ‘oh, it’s nothing, he’s lost before, But when a fighter has been dominating for 20-some years and never lost, everything is on the line, my legacy, my boxing record. Everything is on the line.”
“It’s all about taking the risk. I wouldn’t be where I’m at if I didn’t take risks so I don’t mind putting a 49-0 record on the line, putting everything on the line for this fight.
“I feel like it’s worth it.”
Born To Be A Winner
“I try not to think about losing or taking the ‘L’. That’s not really my focus.
“Every day I tell myself I am a winner, I was born to be a winner at life, not just in the ring but I was born to be a winner.
“I know what it takes when it’s a fight of this magnitude.
“Weight doesn’t win fights, fighting wins fights. It won’t go the distance, mark my words. This will be Conor McGregor’s last fight also.”
Conor ‘The Notorious’ McGregor
He Will Be Out In Two Rounds
“I don’t believe with the new gloves he makes it out of the second round, “part of me kind of wants to show some skill and dismantle him but I do not see him absorbing the blows.”
“I am ready to go to war for 12 rounds and I am also ready to put him away in seconds,” he added. “There is no way in hell I am not prepared to fight in the deepest of trenches.”
Mayweather Is Scared
“You know what I heard him say yesterday? Nothing. I saw a man scared, I saw a man trying to talk himself out of it.
“We all know Floyd is a great defensive boxer and he isn’t going to keep coming forward like he says. If he does, it’s going to be a quick night for me.
“I’m preparing to win, and to win in devastating fashion.”
“The story of the fight will be waiting to see who takes a step back first.
I Will Rule The Kingdom With An Iron Fist
“I have been boxing my whole life so this is not a new experience for me. The critics say that Floyd has been there before. They discredit my training, my skills, my accomplishments.
“This isn’t new to me though, just like boxing isn’t new to me. I will rule over MMA and boxing with an iron fist after August 26.”
The Final Promise
“He looks blown out, full of water, that’s the worst shape I’ve ever seen him in. I am going to breeze through him, trust me.”
What They Say!
Packie Collins – trainer and brother of former world champion Steve: “I’ve been around the game for a long time, even based in America with my brother when Marvin Hagler was fighting. I’ve never seen anyone train or practice as hard as Conor McGregor. I give him a chance in there.”
Chris Eubank – former two-weight world champion: “Everyone is underestimating the Irish spirit. They have ghost-like spirit in warfare. I’ve felt it. I’m still wondering now how I got beat by Steve Collins in 1995. If McGregor pulls it off it is arguably the greatest upset in history. Everything can happen, that’s why I’ve traveled. It is not a farce.”
Jeff Mayweather – uncle of Floyd: “Everyone knows what this fight is about. It’s about money. Conor McGregor boxed at one point in his life but didn’t master it. Floyd is a master at it.”
Rickie Hatton – beaten by Mayweather in 2007: “I don’t really give McGregor any chance and I hope I’m wrong. But the only way he could possibly win would be if Floyd Mayweather gets careless or takes a few risks or anything like that – but Floyd never does that, does he? I don’t think he’ll get lucky; Floyd doesn’t let you get lucky.”
Amir Khan – former light-welterweight world champion: “It’s not only a fight for McGregor and Mayweather, it’s a fight between MMA and boxing. At the moment UFC is hitting huge pay-per-view numbers in the US. It’s critical for boxing Mayweather wins. I think it could turn some UFC fans back to boxing.”
Manny Pacquiao – the only eight-division world champion in the history of boxing: “McGregor has no chance in this fight. The guys who caught him and rumbled did best. McGregor is of that school. Maybe he’ll get lucky.
“There is no way he will be able to land a meaningful punch on Floyd, how could he? He has no professional experience in boxing.”
Mike Tyson – youngest heavyweight champion: “McGregor is going to get killed boxing. I got mad because I thought they were going to use Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) rules against boxing because that’s what it’s all about. Can the boxer beat the MMA guy? McConor [sic] put his dumba*** in a position where he’s gonna get knocked out because this guy’s been doing this all his life since he was a baby. McConor [sic] can’t kick and grab and stuff so he won’t stand much of a chance.”
Hall of fame referee Joe Cortez, who has helped McGregor adjust to boxing rules – “He is one of the best learners I have seen. He picked up everything so quick. I’ve found him to be a gentleman behind the scenes. He’s a class act with his girlfriend and baby – a gentleman.”