This one will keep you guessing
Will Mayweather vs. McGregor be overhyped or unforgettable?
used his verbal and promotional skills to help make the fight happen. Nobody truly knows whether Floyd Mayweather’s boxing match with Conor McGregor will turn out to be a unique spectacle or an overhyped debacle. The only certainty is that the next 2-1/2 months of hype will be a masterpiece of fight promotion from two of the best ever to play that game. Mayweather and McGregor revealed their plan Wednesday to fight Aug. 26 in Las Vegas. In an appropriate move for a fight that grew into reality after two years of verbal jousting and several months of social-media skewering, the two titans of their respective sports confirmed the news on their Instagram accounts. And in another preview of what everyone should expect during their summer of promotion, McGregor’s post included his photo opposite Floyd Mayweather Sr., the boxer’s 64-yearold father, with a straight-faced caption: “THE FIGHT IS ON.” Few athletes in recent sports history have sold their sports better than the imperious Mayweather and the loquacious McGregor.
Both fighters have spent years crafting outlandish public personae characterized by a few common themes: cartoonish arrogance, a fetishistic obsession with money and an eagerness to make reckless pronouncements about their opponents, their opponents’ fans — and, increasingly, each other.
They’ll use those gifts to ratchet up the hype during a hot summer culminating in their desert showdown. Along the way, they might even sell the skeptical portion of the public on a fight that — as even its promoters acknowledge — could turn out to be a huge mismatch.
Mayweather apparently learned about McGregor’s verbal skills even before his fighting acumen, according to Mayweather adviser Leonard Ellerbe. McGregor rapidly rose from obscurity to multidivision UFC dominance only because he coupled his mixed martial arts skills with attentiongrabbing soundbites.
“This kid, he’s been making a lot of noise,” Ellerbe said Wednesday, recalling the reason that he first introduced Mayweather to video of McGregor’s punching power. Mayweather and McGregor have traded innumerable shots online and through the media while this fight evolved from a preposterous bar-room fantasy discussion to the real thing. McGregor talked about it back in 2015, when he told Esquire he would “kill (Mayweather) in less than 30 seconds” and affirmed his interest in the bout on Conan O’Brien’s talk show.
With little to lose and immeasurable wealth and fame to gain, McGregor used his public platform in promoting his UFC bouts One of Conor McGregor’s first verbal blows that helped to make the fight happen. last year to take repeated jabs at the 40-year-old Mayweather’s age, declining skills and unwillingness to end his retirement.
McGregor turns 29 next month, making him decidedly middle-aged in pro sports, yet he takes humorous delight in painting himself as a raw youngster going against a grizzled old-timer. As recently as December, Ellerbe said a MayweatherMcGregor fight would never happen because the UFC’s top brass wouldn’t allow it. UFC president Dana White also acknowledges he was once lukewarm about the possibility, believing Mayweather wouldn’t risk his legacy.
A U.S. press tour is expected to kick off soon. Mayweather and McGregor will spend the summer promoting a fight that started as a social media argument — and became the main event of the year.
i’ll kill Mayweather in less than 30 seconds.
is the clear favourite to win the mega fight.
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