It’s been five years since Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor met in the ring in one of the most lucrative boxing fights in history. And now we are talking about a possible rematch. While it looks unlikely at the moment, there was a time when we thought the same thing before they first met in the ring.
Another fight that boxing fans thought would never happen was Canelo Alvarez-Gennady Golovkin 3. But both sides were able to come to an agreement to make it happen, and Alvarez retained his super middleweight belts with a decision victory. Can GGG still compete at the championship level? He still holds two middleweight belts in which he will no longer have to face Alvarez.
One can only dream, but the better match Gervonta Davis vs. Ryan Garcia and Devin Haney vs. Vasily Lomachenko, if fights were arranged?
How about former heavyweight champion and knockout Deontay Wilder? After losing two in a row to Tyson Fury, Wilder could once again fight for the world heavyweight title. If he defeats Robert Helenius on October 15, will he be able to get back into the conversation?
Jake Paul is back with another former MMA champion, Anderson Silva. Can he do to Silva what he did to Tyron Woodley – twice – and that could be his biggest test yet?
Mike Coppinger, Ben Baby, Nick Parkinson, Mark Raimondi and Jeff Wagenheim explore these topics and share their thoughts.
Will we ever see a rematch between Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor? Do we want?
I never thought the first fight would happen and even in retrospect it still seems ridiculous that Mayweather and McGregor met in boxing in 2017. So I will never say never if there is a rematch one day. As long as there are enough people who will buy it – and they are, thanks to Mayweather and McGregor who are giant stars – this can always be an option for them. Both those, and others for certain will earn tens of millions. This can certainly happen again.
With that said, I can’t imagine Mayweather vs McGregor 2 happening anytime soon. McGregor is still recovering from a severe left leg fracture he sustained in a fight with Dustin Poirier in July 2021. He is expected to return to the UFC at some point in early-to-mid 2023, although if I were to bet I would bring the chances of a comeback next summer closer. McGregor is under contract with the UFC and has two fights left. At this stage, I cannot imagine the UFC allowing McGregor to return to boxing and face Mayweather like the promotion did in 2017, despite Mayweather talking over the past few days about ongoing negotiations.
The UFC will still have to give their consent to McGregor and likely be involved in promoting the fight. Compared to 2017, the upside potential for the UFC is even smaller, so it’s unlikely that Dana White and company will agree to this. But like I said, McGregor has two fights left on his contract. He may eventually become a free agent, and if that happens, all bets are off. The “infamous” will be able to do whatever he wants, be it boxing, mixed martial arts elsewhere, professional wrestling or drives his Lamborghini yacht against other obscenely rich dudes in Europe. This may include an exhibition with Mayweather, who, by the way, does not get any younger at 45. We were all fooled five years ago when we said it would “never happen” and I wouldn’t be fooled again. – Raimondi
Can Gennady Golovkin still be the best middleweight fighter?
At 40, the grains of sand in the hourglass of Golovkin’s career are rapidly shifting.
He was lethargic against Alvarez for the first seven rounds, but the last draw showed that GGG could still hang on with the best.
At 160 pounds, where GGG still holds two titles, he won’t have to contend with Alvarez, who just a few months ago was voted the best fighter in the world.
After failing to take the undisputed 168-pound belt from Alvarez, Golovkin has a chance to prove that he is still the best 160-pound boxer. He can accomplish this task by beating Jermall Charlo and Jaime Munguia, two of the most attractive options in a fairly weak division.
The fight between GGG and Charlo in particular is one of the best fights you can have in boxing. In the match against Canelo, Golovkin proved that he still has a granite chin and great strength. — Coppinger
Best Match: Gervonta Davis-Ryan Garcia or Devin Haney-Vasily Lomachenko?
It depends on what is the “best” matchup. The fight between Haney and Lomachenko is the biggest lightweight fight ever. Haney is at the top of the division, but many believe that Lomachenko, the former champion, can regain the belts. It has all the attributes of an elite battle, which will take place at a very high level.
However, Garcia-“Tank” Davis is a much bigger fight and a better fight for the sport. Garcia and Davis are well known to fans outside of boxing and have some of the most compelling qualities in the sport. A potential match easily turns into a massive pay-per-view event. Davis should be a significant favorite against Garcia, who has never faced anyone of Davis’ caliber. But that doesn’t mean the fight won’t be spectacular. — Baby
Is Anderson Silva a bigger threat to Jake Paul than Tyron Woodley?
Although I work primarily in MMA, I love being part of the Sportzshala Combat Sports team that also plays boxing because sometimes I have to judge a sport I’ve been into since I was a kid. So let’s see now… this boxing question… well, it’s really just an assessment of a couple of former MMA fighters and how they perform in the boxing ring against the social media star. Oh my god, this modern sports world we live in.
In any case, yes, of course, Paul faces more threat when he fights Silva than in any of his fights with Woodley in 2021. The former UFC welterweight champion did make his mark in MMA with a powerful overhead right, but the main reason Woodley landed the punch was because opponents had to beware of a choke fight from the two-time Division I All-American champion. Obviously, Paul didn’t have to worry about that in the boxing ring, so he was able to beat that right hand and Woodley twice, the second time by knockout.
A night in the ring with Silva won’t be easy. The former UFC middleweight champion was one of the greatest strikers in MMA history, and while kicks, knees, and elbows were all part of his offensive arsenal, Silva mostly succeeded with his fists. Hand speed was what made him special, and while he certainly slowed down at 47, Silva is still more of a threat than anyone Paul has faced in the ring. Flipping it, Paul does No represents the biggest threat Silva has faced in the boxing ring. Just last year, The Spider defeated Julio Cesar Chavez Jr., who, although a shadow of his legendary father, is nonetheless a former WBC middleweight champion who shared the ring with Canelo Alvarez and future Hall of Famer Sergio Martinez. .
So, boxing fans, now you know the score of the main fight on October 29th. No, I don’t mean the great Lomachenko, who returned from the war in Ukraine to fight in New York that night, or Katie Taylor. , the world’s No. 1 women’s boxer who defended her four lightweight titles in London. No, I bet a lot of fans really can’t wait for the latest showdown between the former MMA fighter and the social media maven. Sweet science, really. — Wagenheim
Can Deontay Wilder fight again and win the heavyweight title?
Boxing is about money, which is why Wilder, despite being stopped in his last two fights, is getting closer to another title shot. However, Wilder seems unlikely to be able to reclaim the title as the two smart boxers currently hold all four heavyweight titles in the world.
Assuming the 36-year-old Wilder avoids a disastrous loss to Robert Helenius on October 15 (and few support Helenius), a title shot for the Alabama native in early 2023 seems likely.
Wilder, the former WBC champion, has lost his last two fights (to Tyson Fury), but if he beats Helenius at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, he will go all the way to a fight with WBA-IBF-WBO heavyweight champion Oleksandr Usyk.
Wilder’s career now looks potentially bright, a turning point earlier this year when there were doubts he would even fight again after Fury knocked him out a year ago.
But as the unexpected turn of events showed when Anthony Joshua offered Fury a world title fight, recent form doesn’t hurt if the fight makes business sense.
After losing straight points to Usyk, Joshua had to contemplate the prospect of his first non-title fight in seven years when he returned to the ring.
But the former unified champion has been one of the biggest earners in boxing in recent years, and his ability to draw huge audiences in the United Kingdom, as well as generate pay-per-view purchases, convinced Fury’s team to make him an offer (even if that fight doesn’t happen now).
It also caused Usyk to change course. The Ukrainian, who is recovering from injury before the end of 2022, has set his sights on Fury since beating Joshua on August 20 but is upset that Fury is in talks with Joshua and has now focused on Wilder.
This is great news for Wilder, as Usyk is his only shot at a title fight while Fury and Usyk share the belts. Wilder is optimistic about his chances of Usyk giving him a chance.
“For Usyk to be able to bless me with a title shot when I have blessed so much during my reign is a great feeling,” Wilder said last week.
Wilder’s knockout power makes him popular with potential pay-per-view buyers, promoters and TV executives. But there is nothing definite or predictable in heavyweight boxing right now. — Parkinson