Published: Sat, June 17, 2017
Sports | By Angel Morales

Conor McGregor backers: Floyd Mayweather fight is no sideshow

Conor McGregor backers: Floyd Mayweather fight is no sideshow

Everybody's talking about Conor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather right now, and that's because the two infamous fighters are set to face off in August.

The boxing format heavily favours the undefeated Mayweather who many consider to be the best pound-for-pound fighter in the world.

McGregor began as a youth boxer in his native city of Dublin, but has never boxed professionally.

"People always think it's a game or it's an act", McGregor - a 6/1 underdog according to bookmakers' opening lines - said.

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His three career losses - including a March, 2016 fall to Nate Diaz - have all come by way of submission.

"Conor McGregor is 28-years-old, much bigger than Floyd Mayweather, very active and has knockout power in both hands".

Here's the condensed version: van Heerden says that even though he was overweight and not in training, he landed punches on McGregor "with ease", and that Mayweather "will destroy him" when the two meet in Las Vegas. Mayweather Sr. trained the likes of Oscar De La Hoya and Ricky Hatton instead.

The August fight date was also confirmed by Showtime executive vice president Stephen Espinoza.

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The Mayweather vs. Pacquiao super fight racked up a record number of 4.4 million PPV (pay-per-view) buys in the US.

MGM Grand was also the venue for the record-shattering $72 million live gate for Mayweather's victory over Pacquiao. McGregor has been all about his money since rising to fame in the UFC, and Mayweather doesn't hold the moniker "Money" for no reason. Sounds like one of those pay-per-view fights you should go to a rich buddy's house for. "He is 100% positive that he wins this fight, and I stopped doubting him a long time ago". McGregor is UFC's only simultaneous two-division champion.

It's not quite Jessie Owens racing against horse - a contest which Owens won, incidentally - or Muhammed Ali farcically fighting Japanese wrestler Antonio Inoki in a 1976 exhibition, but it's an odd pairing nonetheless. "Anything can happen so that's why I like to watch from the outside, it's unknown; you don't know what's going to happen", Boxing Scene quoted Holm as saying.

"All these UFC guys, they are very tough, tough guys". Now he has made a decision to return and fight a mixed martial arts superstar so it is hard to evaluate. "But as far as strictly adhering to boxing rules?" But both fighters know their roles, and they will play them well.

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One point that is getting little attention so far is that Mayweather is coming out of retirement at risk to his undefeated 49-0 record, an unblemished mark which now ties former heavyweight champion Rocky Marciano. "I go with Mayweather 101 percent", he said.

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