By Columinst Matt Lieberman
“It’s not a fight, it’s an event,” Teddy Atlas said on ESPN’s Pardon The Interruption on Thursday night. We are just hours away from the event Atlas is referencing, an event poised to be the most distributed fight in history. Mixed martial art superstar Conor McGregor will take on boxing legend Floyd Mayweather at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. When it comes to boxing experience, Mayweather clearly has the edge. This will be his 50th match- he’s won the last 49. On the other hand, this will be the first time McGregor competes in a competitive boxing match. The few that are predicting a McGregor win are most often arguing that his speed and athleticism will prevail over Mayweather’s technical boxing ability and veteran experience. Here are some Quibbls about the upcoming bout.
Who will win Saturday’s match between Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor?
This is one of, if not the, most anticipated fights of all time. Most are arguing that Mayweather will take the victory with ease, picking up his 50th win and going out on top, but some argue otherwise. McGregor backers say that Mayweather is too old to withstand McGregor’s athleticism, and that the Irish fighter will slip past the American to victory.
How many rounds will the match last?
Mayweather told ESPN that the bout “will not go the distance.” Some pundits are saying that Mayweather, at the age of 40, may run into some trouble if the match lingers on too long. McGregor fans are arguing that the longer the fight goes on, the more opportunity McGregor will have to exploit Mayweather’s likely lack of stamina.
How many pay-per-view buys will be made for the Mayweather-McGregor match?
The 2015 bout between Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao made $460M with 4.6 million buys. According to Deadline.com, the Mayweather-McGregor fight could make up to $700M in pay-per-view buys alone- that’s seven million buys. How many pay-per-view purchases will the fight garner?
How will the Mayweather-McGregor match end?
With both parties predicting that they’ll knockout one another, it’s anyone’s guess as to how the fight will end. Will it end in a knockout, a unanimous decision, a majority/technical decision, a draw, or in another way?
Will Floyd Mayweather retire in the week following the match?
Will Mayweather make good on his promise to retire again after his fight with Conor McGregor? He has previously stated that he is only coming out of retirement to fight McGregor.