On August 26, UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor will box professionally for the first time. His opponent will Floyd Mayweather Jr., a fighter with a record of 49-0 and a man widely considered on of the best boxers ever.
In advance of this boxing match, McGregor has been identified as a significant underdog, and has been discounted by many respected boxing pundits. In classic McGregor style, however, the man himself is pure confidence.
“He is absolutely 100 percent positive that he wins this fight,” UFC President Dana White said on SportsCenter shortly after the fight was made official. “I stopped doubting Conor McGregor a long time ago.”
McGregor, of course, has always been good at visualizing success. For this camp, he has taken visualizing success to a whole new level, having had a mural of himself knocking Mayweather out painted on the wall of his gym. See this mural, which can be seen in the background of a photo McGregor posted to Twitter, by clicking below.
I am a filthy Irish animal. pic.twitter.com/n2dETi40b2
— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) June 20, 2017
When we last saw McGregor in the Octagon, he authored an artful knockout of Eddie Alvarez to win the UFC lightweight title. Given that he still owned the UFC featherweight title at that time, this made him the first fighter in promotional history to hold titles in two weight classes concurrently. He is 21-3 as a pro mixed martial artist, and 0-0 as a pro boxer.
Mayweather, meanwhile, is a sparkling 49-0 as a pro boxer. After his last fight, a 2013 decision defeat of Andre Berto, the boxing legend elected to hang up the gloves. Yet this lucrative crossover fight with McGregor, which is supposed to see both men pocket more than $100 million, was apparently enough to pull him back to the ring.
Do you think Conor McGregor can bring this mural to life and knock out Floyd Mayweather?
This article first appeared on BJPenn.com on 6/19/2017.