Having some experience in the fight game, I got to see a ton of great fights…
I worked with world champs from Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier to Roberto Duran in my Champions Forever series. And of course, I interviewed several of the champs including Ali and Frazier.
I even attended the title fight in Kingston between George Foreman and Joe Frazier.
As many of you know, I was a producer and sometimes interviewer on those videos.
With that in mind here’s my opinion of the Floyd Mayweather/Conor McGregor battle Saturday.
First of, it’s NOT A TITLE FIGHT…so that’s a big issue.
The fight is for PRIDE AND HUGE MONEY.
At 40 Floyd’s career is really pretty much over. Conor is 29 and is 21-3 including a recent LOSS to Nate Diaz a year ago last March. In fact, he submitted in that fight kinda like a TKO. So Conor unlike Floyd is NOT UNDEFEATED. Floyd is 49-0!
The odds on this fight ever coming off were large a year or so back.
However, when the public got wind of it, the greed rose to hundreds of millions being split between the two camps – Las Vegas and promoters.
Mayweather will earn over $100 million and Conor close to that before taxes and expenses. Plus they’re paying out huge money to lawyers, agents, managers, hangers on, trainers and so forth.
Considering both are at or near the end of their fighting careers, it’s not a bad way to go.
Las Vegas is now on the hook at the bookie joints – most owned privately and not by the hotels. And more than 60% of the bets are on Conor.
Weeks ago the odds were better than 10-1 against him. Today it’s down to 4 or 5-1 and falling.
The money is coming in on McGregor to win. And you GET PAID WAY MORE IF HE DOES FOR A SMALLER WAGER. Do most experts think Conor will win? NO!
Maywather is 49-0 and considered one of the all time best boxers in history.
He is known for speed and incredible defense – he’s nearly impossible to hit. He has never been badly hurt in the ring.
McGregor is tough as nails, can take a punch and deliver a bigger one: however he does have 3 losses in his much shorter career and has been stopped before. Just being a tough guy doesn’t win pro fights against the best fighters of all time.
What do I think will happen?
Conor will stick his face out at Floyd early, “COME ON HIT ME,” like you can’t hurt me. Floyd will back up, jab him, hit him and continue to dance around him scoring punches to Conor’s face.
McGregor will then try and use his bigger body to corner Mayweather, using even his shoulders to push Floyd back. I don’t think this will work. Floyd can duck under and land more shots to Conor’s face and body.
So unless Conor lands a huge punch to Floyd’s head it’s a NO GO.
Conor has never gone 12 rounds as a pro. Floyd lives in the ring and is trained to go the distance. Conor will tire and could be stopped or lose the decision due to lack of landing punches and taking far too many.
One wildcard: That maybe the fight is fixed to set up another payday for both camps!
Was the Mayweather/Pacquio fight fixed to do the same thing? No.
I think Mayweather will win the fight.
Vegas gets lots of extra Conor money, remember Vegas doesn’t really pick winners they try and balance the bets so they get the 10% VIG from each bet as profit…by tomorrow this fight might be under 3-1.
One guy who will likely bet a few million on himself and he can is Mayweather. He has before though odds favored him, he still collected a nice payday.
The fight’s a big show and means little to boxing history or really MMA history which is still pretty new.
It proves that we all buy in on HYPE.
I know I’ll be watching hoping for some weird stuff to happen. MAYBE CONOR WILL THROW FLOYD TO THE FLOOR AND TRY AND STOMP HIM….hah..I doubit it. Hey Conor leaves with millions and hopefully paid handsomely enough to live a great life.