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One of the most anticipated bouts in fighting history has officially been given a date and will take place at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada on August 26. Conor McGregor switches from the octagon to enter the boxing ring to take on Floyd Mayweather with boxing rules and 10-ounce gloves.
The two began their world tour on Tuesday in Los Angeles, yet for the first time, it looked like Mayweather has finally met a trash talker better than him.
During the Los Angeles press conference, McGregor was the first to take the mic and he wasted no time in jabbing at Mayweather:
Conor McGregor: “he is in a fookin track suit, he can’t even afford a suit anymore” 😂😆
— Planet Schumi (@Scuderia7) July 11, 2017
“His little legs, his little core, his little head. I’m going to knock him out inside four rounds, mark my words.” The crowd was clearly on the side of McGregor.
However, despite his words, odds are against McGregor.
According to the Las Vegas Sportsbook, Mayweather has the clear advantage due to his experience in the sport, coming in with a odds of winning set at -2250 on Thursday.
Mayweather began his trash talk, as usual, talking about money.
“He looks good for a seven-figure fighter,” Mayweather said. “I look good for a nine-figure fighter.”
— The Fanatics View (@thefanaticsview) July 13, 2017
Yes, Mayweather loves to boast about his wealth, even bringing up a bag to the state which contained well over $100 million in it. Luckily, McGregor was out of comebacks, giving Mayweather another jab opportunity:
“I’m an old man. I’m not the fighter I was 20 years ago,” Mayweather said. “But I got enough to beat you.”
At this moment, the two fighters met face to face, and the crowd went to absolute madness.
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The UFC, which was sold for $4 billion back in August 2016, has never seen such a more, in-depth situation before. McGregor has not only been the sole reason for the rise of the UFC, but he also has been the most profitable fighter in the history of the sport. He has already begun training and his coach says that a K.O. will be a major possibility.
McGregor has posted multiple videos online of him getting ready for the fight.
If he dies. He dies. pic.twitter.com/MsjHIMUY3o
— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) July 8, 2017
Yesterday, the two took their world tour to a whole another country, Toronto, Canada.
“I’m not getting off this mic unless you take it from me,” McGregor shouted. “Otherwise, I’m taking over this whole s***”, he continued during the Toronto conference
But it’s not like McGregor has anything to lose here. According to Darren Rovell of ESPN, this fight against Mayweather will not only give him his highest career earnings, but also the highest in UFC history. It will also be bigger than Mayweather-Pacquiao, which brought in $300 million, the most in boxing history.
Early reports from ESPN and Forbes have indicated the fight could generate close to $500 million, with Mayweather earning a majority of the money. In the Mayweather-Pacquiao bout, Mayweather received $180 of the $300 million and much like that bout, he is the one promoting and selling this upcoming fight.
This is a major reason why McGregor agreed to do this. It’s not just about Mayweather, who is arguably the sport’s greatest boxer of all time, it’s about bringing home the biggest paycheck of a lifetime. During his last fight, McGregor made just over $3 million.
During these press conferences, it is really important for the fighters to win the crowd, get in each others heads, and be more entertaining. This is why McGregor has won the past two pressers. His engagement with the crowd and the fact that Mayweather hasn’t been as aggressive and comical, the first two conferences will go to McGregor.
Tonight, the two will take their talents to New York.