The Fight Nobody Can Afford

The Fight Nobody Can Afford

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Hundreds of tickets are reportedly still available for
the Aug. 26 bout between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and
Conor McGregor.
According to the Associated Press’ Tim Dahlberg,
“a check online Saturday revealed hundreds—even
thousands—of seats still available” firsthand on
Ticketmaster after they were initially made available to
the public Monday.
Based on the cost to get into T-Mobile Arena for the
Las Vegas spectacle, that’s not a major surprise.
As Dahlberg noted, the cheapest face-value ticket is
$3,500, and that’s not counting approximately $300
worth of fees associated with the purchase. Prices
soar as high as $10,000 for ringside seats, with VIP
“platinum” tickets clocking in just under $15,000.
Those astronomical rates have also contributed to
some paltry secondhand-market sales.
“There’s fairly little sales going on in general,”
SeatGeek.com content analyst Chris Leyden said,
per Dahlberg. “I think a lot of it has to do with where
prices are now. I think people are a little uncomfortable
paying this much or maybe even more.”
If the tickets do sell out, the fight should have a shot
at breaking the record-setting $72,198,500 gate from
Mayweather’s 2015 fight against Manny Pacquiao
at the MGM Garden Arena—which seats 16,800
compared to T-Mobile Arena’s 20,000.How has training been going for both fighters?
With six weeks to go before fight night, McGregor and
Mayweather will be mid-way through gruelling training camps
on separate sides of the Atlantic.
The 40-year-old Mayweather rarely allows filming of his
sparring sessions, so only
snippets of footage have
emerged from his ‘Doghouse’
gym in Las Vegas. But ‘Money’
rarely strays from his fighting
weight and he has been
sharing the ring with the likes
of American prospect Devin
Haney ahead of fight night.
McGregor, meanwhile, has
posted numerous photos of his
training camp in Dublin. The
UFC star has been sparring
with fighters such as Tiernan
Bradley as he looks to make
the necessary adjustments
from fighting in the octagon to
the squared-circle.
What have the camps
been saying in recent
weeks?
Mayweather is rarely short of something to say. He tends to
dominate the build up to big fights with his bravado and brash
predictions. But it has been McGregor’s camp who have been
doing most of the talking in recent weeks.
The UFC star channeled his inner-Ivan Drago in a recent
Instagram post, captioning a training video with the
catchphrase: ‘If he dies, he dies’.
His trainer John Kavanagh
also said earlier this month:
‘(Conor’s) scarily focused… I
really feel we’ve come leaps
and bounds in a short time’.
Mayweather couldn’t resist
taunting his opponent while
partying alongside Tyron
Woodley last month,
however, claiming that
the American rather than
McGregor is the best fighter
in UFC.
How good a boxer is
McGregor?
Rumours of McGregor’s
achievements in the ring have
been circling for months. But
one fact remains: August 26
will be the Irishman’s first professional fight.
The 28-year-old first put on a pair of gloves at Crumlin ABC in
Dublin under the tutelage of Phil Sutcliffe. He denied rumours that a young McGregor was once national champion, telling
the BBC the UFC star ‘didn’t give himself the chance’ to win
such titles.
He said: ‘It’s everyone’s dream to go to the Olympics games
for most boxers and to represent their country. That’s the
dream we try to build them to and Conor could have been
one of those kids. But he was into a few things – Jiu Jitsu,
grappling – he wanted the whole picture… he would have been
a fantastic boxer.’
Will Mayweather’s age catch up to him?
By the time he enters the ring for the 50th time as a
professional, Floyd Mayweather will be only six months shy of
his 41st birthday.
Wladimir Klitschko proved against Anthony Joshua that fighters
can still compete at the top level into their fifth decade. But for
Mayweather, a fighter who relies on lightning hand-speed and
reactions, every passing
year presents particular
challenges.
‘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,’ he recently admitted.
Before retiring in 2015
Mayweather showed his
ring-craft, gained through
years of experience, could
help compensate for his
loss of speed. But will
Father Time eventually
have his day?
What has everybody
else been saying
about the fight?
‘McGregor has no chance
in this fight. In fact, it could
be very boring… there is
no way he will be able to
land a meaningful punch
on Floyd. How could he?
He has no professional
experience in boxing.’
– Manny Pacquiao
‘I think McGregor will
knock him out inside the
first 35 seconds like he
did to Jose Aldo, to be
honest…I think McGregor
will do him in one round.
Come on McGregor…It
would be good for boxing
if McGregor chinned him.’
– Tyson Fury
‘It’s ridiculous to me… You are talking about one discipline
where you can use only your hands and only a few can do it.
Every battle sport always starts with your hands, but they are
two totally different sports.’
– Lennox Lewis
This is not for fighters, but business…I think people understand
what is a true fight, a boxing fight, like mine with Canelo
(Alvarez), or a big show, maybe sometimes for people a funny
show, like a circus show’
– Gennady Golovkin
What happens between now and August 26?
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McGregor and Mayweather
have been on a global tour
promoting to sell a fight
that hardly needs more
publicity.
The two fighters will then
retreat into camp, where
they will aim to be in peak
condition come fight night
through a combination
of sparring, running, pad
work and strict dieting.
McGregor, for example, is
set to go through 44 fightsworth
of sparring against
the likes of ex-two time
world champion Paulie
Malignaggi.
Come fight week, they and the boxing world will descend on
Las Vegas for a final press conference, the weigh-in and their
date with destiny.
How much money will the fight generate?
Most boxers have to wait years before their fight purses
contain six figures, let alone seven. But Conor McGregor
isn’t like most debutantes in the ring. The Irish UFC star is
expected to receive a 50 million fight purse for his clash with
Mayweather, with the American taking home 70 million.
The two fighters will then take a share of the revenue
generated by sponsorship, merchandise and PPV buys. In
total, the fight is expected to be worth 450 million, just shy
of ‘Money’s’ super-fight with Manny Pacquiao, but enough to
make it one of the richest fights in history.
What’s at stake for both fighters?
For McGregor, this fight represents the chance to shock
the world. Few outside his committed support base give
him anything more than a
puncher’s chance and victory
would mark by far the biggest
achievement of his alreadyillustrious
career.
His underdog status means
that defeat would likely do
little to harm his reputation
or unwavering self-belief.
For Mayweather, meanwhile,
the situation could hardly
be more different. Though
victory would be expected,
it would see him eclipse
Rocky Marciano and reach
50-0. Defeat, on the other
hand, would be embarrassing
and likely cause irreparable
damage his ring legacy.
What do the bookmakers
think?
Mayweather is, as expected,
the heavy favorite. The
unbeaten American is as
much as 1/8 on to win the
fight and 4/6 on to knock
the Irishman out with many
bookies.

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