Two years later , huge amounts of social media fervor, genuine demand from combat sports fans intrigued by this pairing of huge personalities, a boatload of money and a wild four-city media tour That's what we're here to turn into reality.
But be honest, the fight makes no logical sense. Mayweather is a legendary boxer and supreme defender who will be facing an opponent who is outstanding in the Octagon but a novice in the ring and making his pro boxing debut.
Most experts view it as an abject mismatch, so that it was sanctioned by the Nevada State Athletic Commission was something of an upset.
But it was, and now they'll engage in a round junior middleweight spectacle that has the world's attention on Saturday night.
After it's done, people will talk about this fight for years to come. In the scheme of championship boxing, there are no authentic titles at stake, no pound-for-pound implications.
Just a fight, but a big one that is one of the most hyped ever. No matter how small the risk is for Mayweather -- many believe it will be one of his easiest fights -- there is still some element of risk when another man is throwing punches at your head.
Mayweather hasn't fought in two years. And Mayweather, of Las Vegas, is gambling his perfect record and a brilliant Hall of Fame legacy that could be ruined with one punch from a guy who looks like he barely knows how to throw a proper boxing punch.
If McGregor, 29, of Ireland, wins, many will consider it the biggest upset in sports history. At least when Buster Douglas knocked out Mike Tyson it was a boxer knocking out a boxer.
When the U. Olympic hockey team upset the Russians they were still hockey players facing other hockey players. McGregor is not a boxer, and there is no way he could make himself into an elite one in a matter of months.
Mayweather, who comes from a boxing family, has boxed for virtually his entire life. That experts give McGregor almost no chance to win, or to even compete, has merely motivated the "Notorious" one.
When he hurts someone, he puts them away. Floyd is almost 41 years old. Conor is a young southpaw who hits hard. We'll see how it plays out.
It's crazy to think that Conor won't connect with him. Mayweather has played up McGregor's chances by pounding home the fact that even though McGregor is with 18 knockouts in MMA, he has never lost standing up, only by submission.
He's undefeated standing up. He's never lost when striking. I know that I'm in for a tough fight," Mayweather said. No matter what anyone says, it's not going the distance.
For his part, McGregor is undaunted by his lack of boxing experience. He says his southpaw stance, which occasionally has given Mayweather minor problems , and his determination, aggression and punching power, especially in his left hand, will result in an early knockout.
I'm very confident in those attributes. I believe I'll knock him out early," McGregor said. I come out and bang people right away. With eight-ounce gloves, I don't see him lasting more than one or two rounds.
I am my own man and I feel I am superior to Floyd. When it comes to Saturday night, he will not be prepared for me.
He will not be able to take the ferociousness that I come with. I have more skills in many areas, and as a true martial artist, I can adapt to any situation.
The fight is also expected to set the Las Vegas fight wager record. Everything is tracking right now to say that we are going to kill this thing.
So it is looking really good. The fight will be available in more than countries and territories, and because of the massive amount of revenue that will roll in, the fighters will each make nine-figure paydays.
Said Showtime Sports boss Stephen Espinoza: This event will be distributed in over countries [and territories] and might grow to by the time we're done.
We are well on our way to being a record-setting event in many categories. Absolutely every angle," McGregor said.
The fight reached between 4 million and 5 million pay-per-view sales with an estimated 50 million people watching in the United States alone. According to preliminary numbers by Showtime PPV, the fight threatens the 4.
Estimates vary, but if an average of 10 people watched each pay-per-view Saturday night, the total audience would be in the 50 million range -- or about one in six Americans.
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