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Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Floyd Mayweather Jr. said Wednesday he will come out of retirement to face UFC star Conor McGregor in a boxing match on Aug. 26. Mayweather, who retired in September 2015 after winning all 49 of his pro fights, will face a mixed martial arts fighter who has never been in a scheduled 12-round fight at the MGM Grand arena. The fight will take place in a boxing ring and be governed by boxing rules. Mayweather said "it's official" on his Instagram account next to a picture of both fighters. McGregor tweeted "the fight is on" several minutes earlier, posting a picture of himself next to one of Mayweather's father, Floyd Sr. Mayweather will fight at the relatively advanced age of 41 in a bout that McGregor has been pushing for months. It finally came together over the last few days, and Nevada boxing officials on Wednesday approved the date for a Mayweather Promotions bout.

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The Pros don't seem to think McGregor has a chance. I would tend to agree with their reasoning at the link.

#1 | Posted by Corky at 2017-06-14 07:12 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

I'm looking forward to watching the event in a sports bar... my early speculation leans toward the matching ending in a KO. IMO, Mcgregor is unlikely to last all 12 rounds, eapecially considering how Mayweather defensively runs around rings..

#2 | Posted by GOnoles92 at 2017-06-14 09:07 PM | Reply

This will be the greatest 15 second fight in history.

#3 | Posted by SheepleSchism at 2017-06-14 10:57 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

Why am I suddenly reminded of the film "The Great White Hype" (starring the inimitable Samuel L Jackson)?

#4 | Posted by DirkStruan at 2017-06-14 11:05 PM | Reply

#3 except for the one where he took down his old lady.

#5 | Posted by bruceaz at 2017-06-14 11:16 PM | Reply

Why am I suddenly reminded of the film "The Great White Hype" (starring the inimitable Samuel L Jackson)?

#4 | POSTED BY DIRKSTRUAN AT 2017-06-14 11:05 PM | REPLY

It's exactly what it is, except it'll go 12, very boring, rounds instead of 30 seconds.

#6 | Posted by sitzkrieg at 2017-06-15 08:05 AM | Reply

Next, Rafa Nadal taking on the table tennis champion.

#7 | Posted by CrisisStills at 2017-06-15 08:51 AM | Reply

I agree with Sitz on it going 12. Mayweather will pick apart McGregor for the entire twelve rounds. He won't go for a knockout because he won't have to.

#8 | Posted by Sully at 2017-06-15 09:19 AM | Reply

Because he can't. Mayweather was never a power puncher, he just has the best boxing defense of all time. Late career his hands break early in the fight and he can't throw full power. If it were MMA, he'd be choked out inside round 1.

#9 | Posted by sitzkrieg at 2017-06-15 09:27 AM | Reply

You may be right that he can't but he's also too smart to care if he knocks his opponent out or not. Why risk getting hit with a big shot going for a knockout that isn't necessary? He never gets sucked into that trap. The way McGregor loads up on his big punches, he may as well be texting a fighter like Mayweather "I'm going to try to hit you now".

Mayweahter wouldn't last long against any professional MMA fighter in an MMA bout but fortunately for him, MMA is not where the real money is.

#10 | Posted by Sully at 2017-06-15 09:57 AM | Reply

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I will NOT be watching this travesty.

#11 | Posted by moder8 at 2017-06-15 11:30 AM | Reply

the fans always want a slugfest. look at how he and pacman hugged and danced for the last big fight.

McGregor will become enraged with his run run run tap tap tap style.

Hopefully he gets a few big power shots in before it goes south.

#12 | Posted by AuntieSocial at 2017-06-15 12:35 PM | Reply

Bad idea for McGregor. In a streetfight, he would tear Mayweather to pieces. But in a boxing match, he is out of his zone. All the hype is fake news, this will be a lopsided bore. I will not watch it and have no interest in the outcome. Even this post is stretching my interest on this issue very thin!

#13 | Posted by babyhuey at 2017-06-15 02:09 PM | Reply

Bad idea for McGregor. In a streetfight, he would tear Mayweather to pieces. But in a boxing match, he is out of his zone. All the hype is fake news, this will be a lopsided bore. I will not watch it and have no interest in the outcome. Even this post is stretching my interest on this issue very thin!

#13 | Posted by babyhuey at 2017-06-15 02:09 PM | Reply:

It would be a bad idea if he needed to win. But he doesn't.

Even if his earning potential as an MMA fighter is harmed by losing this fight, what does he care? He'll make more money from this one fight than he would during his whole career as an MMA fighter. If he was banned from MMA for taking this fight, he'd still be a fool not to take it.

And as far as pro boxers who can guarantee a huge payday go - he's fighting the perfect one. Mayweather isn't going to beat his brain in. Mayweather is just going to give him a boxing lesson for twelve rounds.

#14 | Posted by Sully at 2017-06-15 02:19 PM | Reply

My hope, McGregor comes out and punches Mayweather in the junk and then stands over him and proclaims "That's what happens when you hit a woman, Floyd."

#15 | Posted by johnny_hotsauce at 2017-06-15 02:43 PM | Reply

I will live stream it for free.
It could be interesting to say the least.
I hope McGregor knocks him out after beating
on his body and head for like six rounds....
Fitting justice for wife whoomper Mayweather.

#16 | Posted by tknees at 2017-06-15 04:15 PM | Reply

$$$ Cha-Ching $$$

#17 | Posted by madbomber at 2017-06-15 09:31 PM | Reply

#14 Sully, since he already has loads of money, he should think about his legacy too.

#18 | Posted by babyhuey at 2017-06-15 09:43 PM | Reply

He doesn't have enough money to maintain his lifestyle. He spends like Johnny Depp.

They're calling this abomination "The Money Fight". It's on the poster. That's all it's about.

#19 | Posted by sitzkrieg at 2017-06-16 07:48 AM | Reply

September will be 23 months since Mayweather's last fight, which was at best poor, against an old man that was hiding an injury for one final payday. The Daily Mail sport section is my preferred bathroom material, so I can tell you these last 23 months have been a total clown show for Mayweather. I doubt he has been in the gym a single day. He is 40. McGregor is 28 with two inches of reach and more to lose. There isnt a lot of history to look to for cross-over fights. There is a chance Mayweather will really outclass him in a performance only a boxing purest can admire while the rest of us fall asleep. There is a chance McGregor gets disqualified, the ref will be more important than usual. I don't think there is any chance Mayweather knocks him out. I'm hoping for a perfectly set up overhand left to spoil an otherwise GOATish record.

Vegas has it at -600/+400. +400 looks like good money to me.

#20 | Posted by BluSky at 2017-06-16 08:27 AM | Reply

Best case scenario for them is a McGregor split decision win, which setups up the rematch won on a decision by Floyd, so they can make it a $300 million dollar+ trilogy of paydays.

#21 | Posted by sitzkrieg at 2017-06-16 09:49 AM | Reply

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