We’re less than two weeks away from the biggest spectacle in boxing history as Floyd Mayweather Jr and Conor McGregor are set to go head-to-head inside the ring.
Over the years there have been some classic matches and big knockouts and many fans are wondering if either of these hard-hitters is going to knock the other out.
Who can forget Canelo Alvarez’s knockout of Amir Khan last May? The two had been evenly fought during the first five rounds before the Mexican can up with a super punch that knocked Khan out before he’d even landed on the mat.
Years before Mike Tyson took just 91 seconds to knock Michael Spinks out cold. At the time, Tyson was an up-and-coming 21-year-old with a 31-0 record whilst it proved to be Spinks’ first and final defeat – the American called it a day after his knockout loss.
Of his 50 victories, Tyson knocked out 44 of his opponents with his devastating punch. Research shows that in his prime, Tyson’s punch was the equivalent to a 50 mile per hour head-on car crash. Or the same force as being hit by a 16lb sledgehammer. Scary stuff.
Floyd Mayweather hasn’t fared too badly in the ring either. 26 of his 49 victories have been by knockout, including his wins over the likes of Ricky Hatton, Justin Juuko and a controversial one against Victor Ortiz.
Meanwhile, Conor McGregor is making his professional boxing debut. The current UFC Lightweight champion has gone 24-3 in his Mixed Martial Arts career before setting up this huge payday in Las Vegas versus Money Mayweather.
With a number of knockouts in his UFC career including his victory over Jose Aldo after only 13 seconds, the Notorious Irishman heads into the boxing ring with the belief he can take Mayweather out in one punch.
Whether his punching power translates into boxing with a more padded glove remains to be seen but if the Irishman wants to cause an update many believe he’ll need to do it in the early rounds.
The Mayweather v McGregor fixed odds have the American as the clear favourite to score a victory and is currently 8/11 to win by knockout, compared to McGregor being given odds of 9/2.
Many of Mayweather’s recent fights have gone the full 12 rounds whilst McGregor is used to finishing his opponent in the first two.
Either way, this fight is set to have the biggest pay-per-view buy-rate in sports history!
The below graphic put together by Betfair has some fascinating information: