The D-Day – August 26
The setting – T-Mobile Arena, Paradise, Nevada
The contenders – Floyd Mayweather Junior nicknamed “Money” and Conor McGregor nicknamed “The Notorious”
Floyd Mayweather Jr. – World champion eleven times in 5-division and undefeated in professional boxing
Conor McGregor – World champion five times in two weight classes in MMA, current UFC Lightweight Champion
Expected earnings from this bout
Mayweather – At least $100 million with the possibility of a fourfold increase if all metrics of the event are achieved.
McGregor – $75 million
Note: Both the contenders are under confidentiality agreements barring them from disclosing the details.
The black Vs white angle
The last time that there was a build-up to a boxing event like this was for the Mayweather vs. Pacquiao fight held on May 2, 2015. For many the world over, boxing is associated with the one name- Muhammad Ali. He is till date, one of the most revered sports figures of the 20th century. Across the past few decades, we have had many fights and many contenders like Mike Tyson, Joe Frazier, Evander Holyfield, George Foreman etc.
This is where it kind of becomes the black Vs white thing. When you look at the most popular and successful names, it appears that the scene has mostly been dominated by the blacks. What happens in the boxing ring is almost always touted in these lines. This is where the upcoming Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs. Conor McGregor fight takes a great sense of importance. Many fans look upon Conor McGregor as the last great white hope to deliver in boxing.
The huge build-up to this event is based on two things – The money involved and the white hope. Touted as the Money Fight and the 180 Million Dollar Dance, there is obviously a lot of money involved in this. Apart from the earnings figures mentioned, it has already been announced that the fight will be telecast in the USA through the Showtime pay-per-view. The PPV is set to be same as that of the Mayweather vs. Pacquiao fight at $89.95 (high definition would come at an additional charge of $10). Fox Sports is the Television rights holder for UFC currently and would provide all coverage of the fight.
On the other front, it is a long time since a white man took up the challenge of a bout. Many consider Conor McGregor as a serious contender who has the right qualifications to make it. He is a professional boxer with a Southpaw style, with 18 knockouts under his belt. Mayweather Jr., meanwhile, has 26 knockouts and follows an orthodox style of boxing.
The fight to finish
The money and the other angles apart, for boxing enthusiasts, this promises to be a feast. A typical, fight to the finish where the ultimate aim is domination. It would be interesting to watch how both the men strategize and work it out in the ring. The fight holds the promise of an intriguing duel, with the added attraction of the black and white making it a crowd puller.