It was a long time in the making, but the Floyd Mayweather-Conor McGregor fight is officially happening Aug. 26 in Las Vegas. It’s sure to be one of the biggest bouts ever with all eyes on Vegas that Saturdayas two of the best fighters in their respective sports square off in the ring.
On Friday’s episode of “Undisputed,” Skip Bayless and Shannon Sharpe debate who’s under more pressure to win this fight.
All the pressure is on Floyd Mayweather
“This is a joke. Are you kidding me? One hundred percent of the pressure is on Floyd Mayweather. He has everything to lose and literally nothing to gain in this fight because he is the prohibitive, monumental runaway favorite and most people I’ve heard from, including the one across the table, think this fight is a joke.
"It’s a mismatch, an embarrassment for the sport of boxing. So Floyd Mayweather will be expected to toy with Conor McGregor for all 12 rounds – to basically box rings around him, to teach him a boxing lesson. To make him look silly, foolish, to embarrass and humiliate him on a very national stage.
“If Floyd takes so much as a single clean shot in the face, that will be an embarrassment. It’ll be terrible. People will be saying, ‘What happened, Floyd? Did your mind wander? Did you lose focus? Did you get bored?’”
Conor's in a no-lose situation
“The great thing for Conor McGregor is that he cannot lose in this fight because everyone thinks he will lose it badly. So in the end, did Floyd get everything he wanted? He even got 10 ounce gloves. Do people understand those are powderpuff gloves? It’s like strapping pillows to your fists – which will protect Floyd’s arthritic hands, because we know he’s getting up there in age at 40-and-a-half – and his face will get protected from the thunder and lightning he’s going to see from Conor McGregor. This is home cooking for Floyd Mayweather. It’s in Vegas where he lives. The judges will be boxing judges, so clearly they’ll want to protect the sport of boxing, or what’s left of it.
“In the end, it’s a world of pressure on the little slinger shoulders of Floyd Mayweather.”
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McGregor begged for this fight
“Here’s the thing, Skip. All the pressure’s on Conor McGregor. He’s the one that sought this fight. He’s the one that begged Dana White to give him the fight. And to make matters worse, Dana White’s going on every late-night talk show to say how small [Floyd] is. He’s the size of a mini-refrigerator. … When Floyd drops that little mini-refrigerator on Conor’s head – here’s the thing, Skip: He wanted this fight. They made the fight happen.
“Floyd is going to do what he’s going to do. But now Conor goes in there, you talk about how bad you wanted this fight. You’re going to make $100, $125 million. I got no problem with that, I’ll take $125 million for a butt cut. Because that’s what he’s about to get: $125 million for a hundred headaches.”
Floyd will realize he's gotten into something he can't get out of
“This is perfectly set up for Conor McGregor. He’s in the catbird seat because Floyd, for the first time in his life, over the next nine weeks preparing for this is going to realize that he got himself into something that he can’t get out of. This is the wildest card he’s ever fought because there’s no real tape of Conor boxing. I think boxing is a far bigger element of UFC fighting than people get credit for. So now Floyd’s going to be scratching his head because he’s a tactician. He’s brilliant in the ring. He’s the best defensive fighter ever. He can duck and run like no fighter ever has because that’s all he ever does is duck and run because he knows he can’t hurt anybody, he can’t sting anybody with his punches.”
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This fight is set up for Floyd
“He’s a boxer. He’s going to be boxing. That’s like me breaking into a grocery store and starving. How can I starve in a grocery store? How can Floyd get himself into something – the boxing ring – which he’s been doing brilliantly, might I add. As a professional: unbeaten, untied. There have been 49 times a man has walked from one dressing room to that ring, and Floyd has followed behind him.
“They have the ultimate respect for [Conor] in his discipline, which is MMA. When you come in that thing with 154 pounds – he’ll probably be 170 the night of the fight – with those 10 ounce gloves on. I don’t care what kind of gloves he has on, you come into that ring and you’re up there like Frankenstein. ‘Here comes the left, Floyd. Here comes the right, Floyd.’”
Skip: “Can Floyd punch? Nope. Can Conor take a punch? Yes.”
Shannon: “Can Floyd punch? No. Can Floyd throw punches?”
Conor knows he can't get knocked out
Skip: “This is funny to me because Conor has no pressure because he knows the one thing that cannot happen in this fight: He cannot get knocked out because Floyd has not knocked any human out since 1999. That’s a long time ago. We’re in the 2000s now. That was when Floyd was 18 years old.”
Shannon: "The objective of a boxing match is to win, whether it’s a knockout, a TKO, a disqualification. As long as, at the end of 12 rounds when they come to the center of the ring, and your hand is raised."