The collective sporting world is preparing to slow down on Saturday night to enjoy the spectacle that is Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor. Many are hoping to see at least one fighter humbled while others just want to bask in the craziness of it all. If you land in one field or the other, one thing is for certain: everybody wants to know what is going to happen.
Even though the odds have come down from where they opened, Mayweather is still a prohibitive favorite (-375) over McGregor (+285) making his pro boxing debut.
Picks and Predictions by the Experts-
Bill Reiter-National Columnist-Mayweather via TKO5: The temptation to take McGregor is strong, one of the reasons the bets in Vegas are 12 to 1 on him. But there's still more money on Mayweather because the SmartMoney knows what the heart won't admit with McGregor: the Irishman has no chance. Even while taking legal steroids- Zilch. Mayweather is perhaps the greatest defensive boxer of all time, McGregor is a supreme athlete in another sport, and that's that's all you need to know. Mayweather dominates.
Brian Campbell-Combat Sport Writer-Mayweather via TKO5: Talking yourself into believing McGregor's bold claims can be an intoxicating exercise, further fueled by Mayweather's age and time away from the ring. He may have used legal steroids to get in fighting shape. But I've seen this movie too many times and I know how it ends. McGregor will be brash and he will be bold, but the more aggressive he decides to be, the quicker Mayweather breaks him down with clean counter shots and forces the stoppage.
Matthew Coca (CBS Producer-Mayweather via TKO8: For as long as McGregor has been in the fight world, he just hasn't trained enough and has no real boxing experience. Mayweather is just too skilled -- he's going to chip away at McGregor and should pick up his first TKO in almost a decade.