27 August, 2017
"The fans can't fight for him".
The showdown between undefeated boxer Floyd Mayweather and mixed martial arts champion Conor McGregor on Saturday may be poised to become the richest fight of all-time but despite the hype had yet to generate a sellout.
3,360 - The number of diamonds included on "The Money Belt", which will be awarded to the fight's victor.
Just hours before the fighters were to step into the ring, the T-Mobile Arena website had tickets available in every section except one in the upper bowl and the floor with prices ranging from $2,500 to $10,000 for ringside.
"I'll be a lot bigger than him tomorrow".
But I'll give Mayweather's interest and dedication in boxing the benefit of the doubt here, and say he's going to underline his belief that his sport is the king of combat sports.
"I know that I'm in for a tough fight but there is one thing I do know, this fight is not going the distance". And as McGregor has kept dominating opponents in the UFC, his Boston Irish fan base has grown.More news: United Kingdom government prevaricates over ECJ jurisdiction
As far as McGregor is concerned, anyone betting against him should take their money onto the Strip and set it on fire.
McGregor has looked scared in Las Vegas, and understandably so.
"Fifty and oh! Fifty and oh!" shouted one Mayweather fan, trying to drown out the "Olés!" and chants of "There's only one Conor McGregor!" from the green-clad hordes of Irish fans. But I can tell you the McGregor who was in Los Angeles for the first stop of his four-city press tour with Floyd Mayweather Jr. last month isn't the same person I've seen this week.
Aside from McGregor's cocky assurances there is little in the tale of the tape to tip an upset.
McGregor might be hoping on a wayward punch knocking Mayweather out early, but realistically, his gameplan likely relies on him weathering a long storm while roughing Mayweather up as much as he can over time.
As aggressive in the ring as he is outside it, the 29-year-old Irishman will have youth and power on his side.
Yet the fact that so many in the boxing and betting world see the outcome of Saturday's contest as a foregone conclusion has not deterred the massed ranks of McGregor's Irish supporters. "After 21 years I've been hit with everything and I'm still right here".