UFC star Conor McGregor has managed to force unbeaten former pound-for-pound number one Floyd Mayweather to come out of retirement for a clash next month at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, where the two men collide in one of the biggest events in the history of the sport.
When Mayweather retired following his 49th professional victory over Andre Berto in a comfortable 12-round win back in September 2015, he insisted we would not see him again in a professional boxing match. The American is fully aware of the draw that McGregor brings to the fighting world, though, and he simply could not resist the opportunity to face the MMA superstar.
The McGregor Mayweather odds suggest the welterweight boxer is going to make it win number 50 in his career as he is available at 1/7 to get the result in his favour. McGregor has never fought in a professional boxing match before, but he is 5/1 to cause an upset and do what 49 other men before him have not been able to achieve in the ring.
Source: Complex via Twitter
McGregor is a two-weight UFC champion and has not fought in MMA since he recorded a TKO victory over Eddie Alvarez at UFC 205 last November to win the lightweight championship. He may return to MMA following his fight with Mayweather, but for the last six weeks, he has been in a boxing gym where he is hoping he can transfer his fighting skills to a new sport.
A victory over the welterweight boxer would establish McGregor as one of the most versatile fighters in history. In the Octagon, the Irishman’s fists have been the biggest weapon during his career so far and he was able to secure his latest title with a TKO win following a series of punches on his American opponent.
Many boxing fans expect this to be a routine victory for Mayweather. Despite being at the age of 40 when he steps into the ring next month, the five-weight champion has got the fight on his terms as there is no way he would agree to take on the UFC star in MMA.
Mayweather’s boxing record is as impressive as it gets, which makes him one of the best of his generation in the sport. One of his most notable wins came against Oscar De La Hoya in 2007, where he stepped up to the light-middleweight division for the first time in order to face the WBC champion. Despite being the much smaller man, Mayweather outboxed one of the best boxers on the planet and got the decision on the judge’s scorecards.
Source: The Quint via Twitter
Victories over Britain’s Ricky Hatton, Mexican Juan Manuel Marquez and Shane Mosley followed soon later as Mayweather just proved unbeatable against the rest of his division. At the back end of his career, there was one last fight that had eluded him; however, a bout with Manny Pacquiao was finally booked in May 2015. The unbeaten boxer dominated the contest, which enhanced his legacy even further.
Although a win against McGregor may not be needed to cement his place in history, Mayweather will be going out to a new audience on August 26 and will be keen to impress just like he has done since he became professional back in 1996.