Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Before "The Money Fight" (Mayweather Jr. Vs. McGregor)

Many people both inside and out of the fight business didn't believe that the upcoming professional boxing match between Floyd "Money" Mayweather Jr. and "The Notorious" Conor McGregor will ever happen, myself included. Before "The Money Fight" goes down on August 26th, I think it's important to provide an overview of the two competitors and highlight their accomplishments inside the fight game.

History of Floyd Mayweather Jr.

Floyd Mayweather Jr. is a professional boxer and promoter who's currently has a perfect boxing record of 49-0. Many sports outlets consider him as both the pound for pound greatest boxers of all time and the greatest defensive boxer of all time.
Before his professional boxing career, Mayweather Jr. had over ninety amateur boxing bouts and compiled an impressive record of 84-8. During his amateur run, he also won three national Golden Gloves championships in 1993, 1994, and again in 1996. Mayweather Jr. comes from a family of professional boxers including former champions as well. Combined his uncles and father, Roger, Jeff and Floyd Mayweather Sr. have a total of 119 wins, competed in 8 different weight divisions, and held multiple titles.

Mayweather Jr. developed defense boxing techniques that he learned from Roger and Mayweather Sr. and received the nickname "Pretty Boy" from his teammates because of his ability to received less damage (scars and bruises) from his opponents. Mayweather Jr. competed in the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta, Georgia, where he won a bronze medal. He made his professional boxing debut on Oct 11, 1996, in Las Vegas, Nevada, and defeated Mexican boxer, Roberto Apodaca by way of TKO in the 2nd round of a 4-round bout. Since then, Mayweather Jr. became a five-division world champion, won fifteen world titles, and has victories over top boxing stars such as Oscar De La Hoya, Shane Mosley, Canelo Alvarez, and Manny Pacquiao among others.

History of Conor McGregor

Conor McGregor is an Irish professional mixed martial artist who's signed to the UFC and will make professional boxer debut on August 26th against Floyd Mayweather Jr. After his short amateur career, McGregor made his professional MMA in Dublin, Ireland on March 9, 2008, in a lightweight contest between Gary Morris. He successfully defeated Morris via TKO in the second round. Before entering the UFC, McGregor gathered 12 victories all by finishes (eleven via KO/TKO and one via submission).

On an eight fight winning streak, Conor McGregor made his UFC debut on April 6, 2013, against Marcus Brimage where he won by way of knockout in the first round. Since then he has defeated top fighters on the UFC roster such as Max Holloway, Dustin Poirier, Chad Mendes, Nate Diaz, and his most impressive victory was over Jose Aldo where he stopped him in only 13 seconds. He continued to make history on November 12, 2016, after defeating then UFC Lightweight Champion Eddie Alvarez at UFC 205 and becoming the first UFC fighter to hold titles in two divisions simultaneously. Additionally, in his nine years professional MMA run, McGregor has already headlined in four out of the six highest selling UFC pay-per-view events.

The Money Fight

On August 26th, all of the trash talking will come to an end. The best in boxing and the best in MMA will finally face off. The build up gathered a lot of attention, and it will be interesting to see what happens when these two meet in the boxing ring.

Fight On!

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