Ever since its announcement in June, the ‘McGregor vs Mayweather battle’ has been a hot topic of discussion, dominating headlines all around the world. Drawing fans from all imaginable walks of life – be it the hardcore sports fanatics or the random watchers – the fight has been in the news incessantly. And a lot (a LOT!) of people are interested in the betting outcome of the fight which is set to become the biggest grossing event of all time.
Often dubbed as the underdog, McGregor is by far the fan favorite and the one responsible for most of the ticket sales. As per ESPN, the UFC superstar is the sole reason behind a whopping 95 per cent of bets at William Hill’s Nevada book, while popular MGM has been doling out a single Mayweather wager for every 27 it doles out on McGregor. A stunning figure indeed for a match described as ‘the biggest fight ever’ by Dana White, the UFC President.
Negotiations lasted for more than a year with the eccentric UFC star incessantly taunting Mayweather every chance he got. Each sports star demanded an upwards of $100 million claiming they were the bigger star and the main draw. While financial details about the negotiations have still been kept under wraps, it is evident that both sides have been satisfied by their end of the bargain. CEO of Mayweather Promotions Leonard Ellerbe said, “Everybody is happy,” with Dana White adding, “Nobody is bummed out about this deal.”
The betting stats are especially shocking as people are backing McGregor who isn’t a boxer. In fact, this epic event will actually be his first ever professional boxing bout, and he’s up against someone a lot of people consider one of the greatest boxers ever with an unbeaten record of 49-0. While it’s unclear why Mayweather chose to come out of retirement to fight someone who hasn’t boxed before, he has taken the bait nonetheless and put his unblemished record on the line. With a furious and upbeat McGregor coming at him with his all, if Mayweather loses this fight, he loses more than just a boxing match. McGregor will have defeated an unbeaten opponent and pulled off one of the biggest upsets in the history of sports. A seasoned boxer vs a Champion UFC star has never been done before, and we may have reasons for it to be repeated once the fight is finished. Whatever the outcome, this will undoubtedly be one of the most watched events in the history of either sport. Here’s wishing both fighters the best of luck!
Date: 26th August 2017
Venue: T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas (Nevada)
Rules: Standard 12-round boxing match
Weight Class: 154 pounds – Super Welterweight
Watch: Showtime – PPV