It’s only 15 days before we witness the fight of the century that has Mayweather Vs McGregor take to the ring to face the action. As we count down to the big showdown, we review some top 5 knockouts of two legends who will go head to head on August 26 in Las Vegas.
- Floyd Mayweather Vs Ricky Hatton
The undefeated Floyd Mayweather has given us great memories over the years with his fighting heroics. One such time is his 2007 fight against the then reining WBF welterweight champion Ricky Hatton. Ricky went into the fight on the back of a flawless 43-0 career wins that included 7 knockouts. With most people including bookies who saw Ricky as the favourite, what transpired in the boxing ring that night left huge impressions that to this day are crystal clear in all the minds of people who watched the fight. Against all odds, Ricky Hatton, who was tipped to win, left no impression at all and was down and out in the 10th round. For most of the match, Mayweather managed to absorb relentless attacks from the Brit before perfectly timing his left hook to leave Hatton for dead.
- Conor McGregor Vs Marcus Brimage
The McGregor vs. Brimage fight was the promotional debut match for McGregor. The match came on the back of his win against Bunchinger, which was also an impressive victory. However, McGregor’s fight with Brimage stood out as it was the match in which McGregor introduced to the world his straight lefts. The fight ended in less than 3 minutes, but McGregor had used over 5 straight lefts and upper cuts each in such a short space of time.
- Floyd Mayweather Vs Juan Manuel Marquez
The Mayweather vs. Marquez fight was the first of many fights in which Mayweather was beckoned to come out of retirement. The fight came exactly two years after he announced his retirement from professional boxing. The match had tons of hype as it pitted two fighters who were arguably the best of their generation. Marquez, however, had a bit of an edge in terms of public opinion because of his near perfect career record, fitness levels, and the fact that he was actively involved in boxing with his feared “heavy hands”. These however did not have any bearing on the fight itself as Mayweather destroyed Marquez in little over 2 and half minutes. Mayweather received global reviews after the match due to his outstanding physical shape, long after retiring from the game.
- Conor McGregor Vs Chad Mendes
Conor McGregor managed to show his never die attitude when he took on Chad Mendes. After what seemed to be a likely victory for the American Mendes, McGregor managed to turn the match in a matter of seconds during the switch between the first and second rounds. He came into the second round a totally changed fighter, making use of defensive tactics which were completely uncharacteristic of his fighting skills. As it turned out, McGregor’s perfectly timed, strong nailed punches were too much to handle for Mendes. After the win, McGregor became the undisputed featherweight champion.
- Floyd Mayweather Vs De La Hoya
The 2007 fight between Mayweather and De La Hoya broke records and set new ones in terms of revenue generation. However, it’s not only the finances that the match is remembered for, but also the entertainment it provided for fans around the world. Spectators witnessed the two swinging from one corner to the other with both willing to take the initiative to attack. In the end though, Mayweather’s slick punches were too much for De La Hoya who was taken out in a little over 10 minutes.