Boxing is a sport with a rich history of fights and big performances. This week – August 26 – one of the most important matches is coming up after a long and very eventful period of time. Floyd Mayweather Jr., the undefeated legend of the ring, will fight Conor McGregor – the professional boxer currently signed to the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). The news of this fight have generated significant buzz, and it will continue to do so long after it’s over, as it is unique and will write history. And BET-IBC bookmakers are not in the habit of staying on the side lines when history is written.
In this bout there’s a meeting of two different combat sports, each on its own separate world, united by the need of attention and hazard. Taking the two biggest stars of these two different sports and flinging them against each other, is exactly the kind of opportunity that our fame-addicted, ranking loving culture would be looking for.
Boxing is an art, and Mayweather has been practicing it for an entire career. That’s not intended to diminish McGregor in any way, but it is difficult to imagine that he could bring anything into the ring that Mayweather wouldn’t know how to handle. He has won multiple belts as a boxer and retired with a record of 49-0. However, he has not fought since September 2015 after winning the fight against Andre Berto. In fact he has stated that he is coming out of retirement for the sole purpose of fighting McGregor.
On the other hand, the 170 lbs. gorilla (direct quote) Irishman is the most accomplished and charismatic star on U.F.C.’s list, holding a career record of 21-3. His last fight was a second-round technical knockout against Eddie Alvarez at U.F.C. 205 in November, adding the lightweight title to the featherweight belt he already possessed.
Mayweather probably thinks that he has a significant advantage over his opponent, because the fight will be a straight boxing match and McGregor isn’t a boxer. However, no one can deny that Conor is a good fighter despite the fact that he would be stepping into Mayweather’s ring and despite him being unable to kick, use his elbows or go for grapping. Even despite the fact that he will be in front of one of the best boxers in the world. Those that have immersed themselves into the fighting arts know that the first thing you learn in any of these arts is how to box. McGregor will just have to go back to the basics.
Many say that the outcome of Saturday’s match will probably determine the future of boxing. Once upon a time, boxing was a huge sporting event. Whenever legends like Muhammad Ali, George Foreman, Sugar Ray Leonard and Mike Tyson stepped into the ring, thousands of crowds would rush to fill hundreds of arenas worldwide. However, the interest in boxing waned lately, due to controversial outcomes and allegations of match fixing. And it didn’t help that such issues coincided with a period where the mixed martial arts scene was emerging from obscurity. People were looking for an alternative and MMA was that alternative.
Mixed martial arts on the other hand, is fighting for recognition. The popularity of mixed martial artists has grown exponentially over the years. However, it remains small fries compared to boxing. A McGregor win on Saturday would put it on the same league as boxing.
McGregor or Mayweather? Mayweather is the bookies favourite. McGregor is the underdog.
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