Make Room For Mayweather vs McGregor
On August 26, history will be made when Floyd Mayweather meets Conor McGregor in Las Vegas. Boxing’s reigning, undefeated champion will take on a top fighter from another discipline, and it will be seen by millions of people. TV rarely gets so exciting.
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The Mayweather-McGregor fight is hugely anticipated, and for good reason. Mayweather is 49-0 over his long career. McGregor, meanwhile, is 24-3 in MMA competition and has won 9 of his 10 UFC matches. He has never lost to punches. This should be an evenly matched fight. Mayweather has even hinted at going into the octagon against McGregor if it comes to that.
Both fighters have legions of fans. In all likelihood, Mayweather-McGregor will draw the biggest audience in the forty-year history of pay-per-view boxing. One way we know? McGregor is a big UFC ppv draw. And Mayweather has fought in four of the top ten all time most viewed ppv boxing matches. The most watched fight to date is Mayweather-Pacquiao. And Mayweather admits the hype around the coming fight against McGregor is way bigger. “Me and McGregor will give the fans a blockbuster,” Mayweather promised. These are the matches that have set the bar.
Mayweather vs. Pacquiao
May 2015, 4,600,000 buys
Mayweather promised a blockbuster against McGregor after admitting this one was not the blockbuster we were expecting. Fans lamented that The Fight of the Century didn’t pack a lot of offense. Mayweather won by unanimous decision in 12 rounds.
De La Hoya vs. Mayweather
May 2007, 2,400,000 buys
Mayweather won in a split decision in 12 rounds. At the time, this was the highest grossing boxing match ever with $130 million in revenue.
Mayweather vs. Álvarez
September 2013, 2,200,000 buys
This fight was supposed to be Mayweather’s toughest. And it would up solidifying his essentially unbeatable status. If anyone was going to beat Mayweather, it was going to be Álvarez. But Mayweather put on a clinic. He won in a split decision in 12 rounds.
Holyfield vs. Tyson
June 1997, 1,990,000 buys
This became known as “The Bite Fight.” 😋👂
Lewis vs. Tyson
June 2002, 1,970,000 buys
This one was a little nuts. Ahead of the fight, at a joint press conference, Mike Tyson started a brawl. Handlers fought each other, Lewis and Tyson grappled, Tyson bit Lewis’s leg and later paid him over $335,000. In the ring, fighting was severe. Tyson won the first round, but Lewis tired him out and landed blow after blow to win by KO in the 8th.
Tyson vs. Holyfield
November 1996, 1,590,000 buys
Tyson and Holyfield met in November 1996 to fight for the heavyweight championship. At that point in his career, Holyfield was struggling. He had come out of retirement and was treating a heart condition. He was supposed to be washed up. Tyson, meanwhile, had been serving time in prison. He was supposed to fight Holyfield in 1991, and then 1992, and then it was on hold til ‘96. When the fight finally—it was billed “Finally”—went off, Holyfield was out of shape. But once he repelled Tyson’s attack in the first round, he never lost ground. Holyfield won by TKO in a huge upset.
Tyson vs. McNeeley
August 1995, 1,550,000 buys
Mike Tyson’s first match after four years away as he served time in prison. Dubbed “He’s Back,” the fight lasted 89 seconds. Tyson won in the most decisive way imaginable.
Mayweather vs. Cotto
May 2012, 1,500,000 buys
Miguel Cotto was supposed to be a small time boxer, and at first the Mayweather camp wouldn’t give him the time of day. It wouldn’t be long before Mayweather found himself 6 rounds into a fight with him, getting truly knocked around. Mayweather won by unanimous decision, but he congratulated Cotto after the fight, calling him “the toughest guy I fought.”
Pacquiao vs. Márquez
November 2011, 1,400,000 buys
Pacquiao and Márquez had fought twice previous to their 2011 bout. Both were very close: the first was a draw, and the second, which Pacquiao was judged to have won, was extremely close and controversial. The 2011 fight was meant to be a rubber match to remove all doubt. Pacquiao won, but Márquez’s fans were not convinced.
Holyfield vs. Foreman
April 1991, 1,400,000 buys
In 1991, Holyfield was the Undisputed Heavyweight Champion after beating Buster Douglas. He was not yet 30 years old. George Foreman was in his 40s, having retired and come back. Ultimately, Holyfield won by unanimous decision, but Foreman fought a memorable Round 7. If there is precedent for Mayweather vs. McGregor, this is it.
The fighters are weighed in and ready to go. Are you?