Conor McGregor has the proverbial “puncher’s chance” of knocking out Floyd Mayweather Jr. when they meet August 26 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. McGregor is a +400 underdog at press time to win this fight, and +500 at Bovada Sports Book to win by KO/TKO or disqualification. In the unlikely event of a decision win for McGregor, he’ll pay out at a hefty +1000.
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While it’s true that McGregor has never fought an officially recognized match inside the squared circle, his knockout power has been put on display multiple times inside the Octagon. The charismatic Irishman has won 18 of his 24 lifetime MMA fights by knockout, going to the judges’ score cards just twice. McGregor has also never been knocked out himself, suffering all three of his losses via submission.
Knocking out Mayweather will be a bit more difficult with 10-ounce boxing gloves instead of the four-ounce MMA gloves McGregor is used to wearing. Both fighters have stated their preference for wearing eight-ounce gloves when they meet August 26, but the Nevada State Athletic Commission is sticking with their rule that fighters above 135 pounds must use the 10-ounce gloves. Mayweather vs. McGregor is being fought at junior middleweight (154 pounds).