The Mayweather vs McGregor World Tour kicks off at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Tuesday, July 11th. It’s part one of a long series of press conferences to promote what could be the biggest fight in the history of combat sports.
Tickets for the presser went on sale Friday, so look into it if you’re in any of the four big cities the tour hits. The bout may be scheduled for August 26th but the fight has already begun. With two of the biggest sporting personalities facing off, there’s bound to be fireworks.
The onus is on McGregor to bring the trash talk. He’s the one entering Mayweather’s sport and challenging the most successful boxer of all time. Mayweather can afford to be humble; his perfect 49-0 record speaks for itself. McGregor has an empty resume and will need to convince us to take him seriously.
What are we in for? Let’s check in on the numbers!
Mayweather vs. McGregor World Tour Odds
Odds McGregor verbally attacks Mayweather regarding his:
“Boring” style of boxing: 9/1
Domestic violence charges: 25/1
There are quite a few angles McGregor can take.
First, there’s Mayweather’s age. At 40 years old, he’s not the boxer he used to be. Just last week we saw a hollow 38-year-old Manny Pacquiao lose his title to a little-known Australian fighter. Mayweather could be headed in the same direction.
Then there’s his size. The presser will be the first time we see the two square off, and it’ll be a chance to see exactly how much bigger McGregor is.
If things get personal, McGregor could lay into the persistent rumor that Mayweather is illiterate. Or, if things get ugly enough, we could even hear about his record of domestic violence.
He could also mock the shoulder roll and Mayweather’s overly defensive style of boxing. But pointing out how boring your opponent’s bouts are isn’t exactly a great way to promote a fight.
Odds Mayweather verbally attacks McGregor regarding his:
Lower earnings: 1/1
Leaked sparring videos: 4/1
Loss to Nate Diaz: 5/1
Mayweather has actually been downplaying his status as the overwhelming favorite. Recently he posted a training video on Instagram with the caption: I know I’m not the same fighter I was 20 years ago, I’m not the same fighter I was 10 years ago… As a matter of fact, I’m not the same fighter I was 5 years ago,I’m just an old legend putting in work in 16 oz gloves.
With so many people already writing off McGregor, Mayweather doesn’t have to join in on the attack. It’s in his best interest to have people think it’ll be a close fight. Besides, if the line improves he can make more money betting on himself.
If he does go on the attack, he’ll compare his unbeaten 49-0 record to McGregor’s (technically also unbeaten) 0-0 record. He could also bring to light his PPV numbers. McGregors are astronomical by MMA standards but microscopic compared to Mayweather’s.
Then there’s the sparring video of McGregor getting lit up by Chris Van Heerden, a fighter you’ve probably never heard of. Also, there’s McGregor’s loss to Diaz where he appeared gassed after just two rounds.
Odds the two need to be broken up: 4/1
McGregor is known for his over-the-top press conferences and Mayweather is more than comfortable playing the Bad Guy. Everyone involved understands that controversy is good for business, so it wouldn’t be too surprising if things reached a boiling point.
Over/Under on amount of swears: 15.5
We can be pretty sure Mayweather won’t be dropping any F-bombs but the same can’t be said for McGregor. The foul-mouthed Irishman has never had a reason to bite his tongue, so expect nothing different come Tuesday.
Odds McGregor fails to show up: 50/1
A no-show for a UFC 200 press conference led to McGregor vs Diaz 2 being cut from the card, but it’s extremely unlikely that “The Notorious” will pull a stunt like that again. There’s way too much money on the line for such shenanigans and he’ll want to promote this fight as much as he can.