Conor McGregor Could Still Defend UFC Title Before End Of 2017

by Dwayne Torres June 16, 2017, 4:00
Conor McGregor Could Still Defend UFC Title Before End Of 2017

After months of speculation, unbeaten icon Mayweather has agreed to come out of retirement to take on UFC star McGregor in his boxing debut at the T-Mobile in Las Vegas on 26 August.

American MMA fighter Holly Holm backed Conor McGregor to cause Floyd Mayweather problems today after their cross-over boxing showdown was confirmed.

And 23-year-old Catterall is one of many boxing figures who believes the bout with McGregor - a double mixed martial arts champion with the UFC who has never boxed as an amateur or professional - is a mis-match.

Conor McGregor, as the premier UFC fighter, knows how to win fights with elbows, knees and kicks, but if he employs those tactics in his August 26 boxing match with Mayweather, the penalties would be severe.

"We have actually tapped into the audience that doesn't really follow either sport", said Stephen Espinoza, vice president of the fight's broadcaster Showtime Sports.

The two fighters are expected to do a press tour shortly before going into final training for the fight.

"Oh yeah, that will not happen", White said. While you could argue his rivalry with Mayweather might be clouding his judgement, it would be irresponsible to dismiss his comments completely.

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McGregor is 12 years younger than Mayweather with a height and reach advantage and has knockout power. At the time, Mayweather was the -2250 favorite ($4.44 payoff for a $100 bet) over +950 McGregor ($950).

The latest dream to come true for the ex-Irish plumbing apprentice is a mega-money boxing bout against none other than Floyd Mayweather Jr.

Mayweather vs. McGregor will take place at 154-pounds. But the reason Conor McGregor's as big as he is is he'll fight anybody, anywhere, anytime.

It's insane to think, but McGregor was merely a blip on the UFC radar just a few years ago, trying to make it as an up-and-coming fighter from Dublin.

McGregor has fought everyone White has put in front of him.

With heavy cash like that, can you blame Mayweather and McGregor for going so hard to make this a reality?

It's a contest between boxing's pay-per-view king and the highest-grossing UFC star in history.


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