The day has finally arrived where all the hype ends. All the profanity laden media appearances are finally put in the past and we can finally see Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor step in the ring.
The junior middleweight bout will air on Showtime PPV, 9 p.m. ET and take place at the T-Mobile Arena.
Mayweather (49-0, 26 KOs) is looking for the landmark 50-0 record and McGregor, 29, is stepping away from the MMA world to make this super bout happen.
So what will happen?
Despite the fact that I will be rooting for McGregor to shock the world and knock Mayweather out it is extremely unlikely that will happen.
In fact, expect McGregor to realize that the first 3 rounds are the only chance he will get.
I fully expect McGregor to come out swinging, testing the air-tight defense of Mayweather, one of the best, if not the greatest defensive boxers in history.
But the reality of it is that this won’t be very exciting.
It’s hard to expect McGregor, who has spent his entire career trained and conditioned for the rigors of an MMA bout to be able to run a marathon, 12 round affair with Floyd Mayweather.
So, unless McGregor gets to Mayweather in those first 3 rounds, this fight will be a lot of a gassed McGregor chasing a Mayweather just avoiding contact.
It wouldn’t shock me to see a dismally low punch-landed percentage for McGregor and it may be a struggle to see him deliver more than 10 landed punches.
No matter how this fight goes Mayweather is destined to win if it goes to a decision, and I think that is the belief of everyone who is tuning into this match.
One of boxing’s biggest flaws is it’s horrendous judges. They have stained and tarnished the sport for over two decades and their pride and ego will certainly play into this match should it come to a decision.
Imagine McGregor, who’s move to boxing to take this match, showing up not only one of the greatest boxers of all-time but the sport of boxing itself by defeating Mayweather definitively.
It won’t happen and the judges, if they can, won’t allow it to out of their pride for the sport of boxing and the fact that their ego super cedes any performance from an MMA star just giving boxing a “go”.
The last Manny Pacquiao fight is evidence that the judges are still the same, absent minded, nonsensical, crooked egomaniacs that they have always been.
At the end of the day I would love to see what would likely be considered the biggest upset in sports history if McGregor were to knock Mayweather out, but reality and logic say it won’t happen.
Instead, expect Mayweather to either dance McGregor around the ring for a 12-round cardio workout that will do nothing to restore any hope in the boxing “mega fight”.
Mayweather may want to make a point and knock McGregor out in the 7th or 8th round, and that would be this match’s last hope of excitement.
If McGregor can’t land in the first 3 rounds, this match will be over.
Mayweather is more likely to take this to the score cards and win unanimously, but I’ll go out on a limb and say Mayweather lands a 5th round KO.
As much as I want McGregor to win, I wouldn’t bet on anything other than a Mayweather victory.