It seems that UFC superstar Conor”Notorious” McGregor may be back in action again for the very first time because UFC 229 last October, however, it may be a return to the boxing ring instead of the Octagon. His opponent you ask? Manny Pacquaio? Canelo Alvarez? Paulie Malignaggi? Luke Keeler, wait ? Boxer Luke Keeler challenged his fellow countryman into a bout which McGregor has ever accepted and took a shot at McGregor on websites regarding a bar episode in mid-August.
Online sportsbook BetOnline has put two lines concerning this spat about if the battle will even take place in 2019 with all”Yes” coming in at +450 and”No” coming back in -700. In addition, a line at the event this struggle does occur and that has Keeler as a -225 favored with McGregor coming straight back in +175.
McGregor finds himself in the spotlight for the wrong motive outside of the Octagon. The Ireland native has a history of slip-ups lately as he had been arrested for throwing a dolly in a UFC bus ahead of UFC 223 in April of 2018 and has been ordered five days of community service and needed to perform anger management courses. Fast forward to March of the year and also the former two-division winner was in trouble for allegedly shooting a man’s phone and smashing against it. The lawsuit and criminal charges were later dismissed.
Now, a movie was released in mid-August of this year of McGregor getting in an altercation with a older guy at a pub following a dispute over a few whiskey, it appears, along with the UFC fighter threw a left hit which struck the guy from the face. Boxer Luke Keeler who maintains McGregor did exactly the identical issue to some friend of the years and issued a challenge game. Both consented to a bout and apparently exchanged words.
I’m torn on this. This can be just another chance for McGregor to get from the ring following some heat, make some cash and when he won, a valid boxing match, it could wake up rumors of battling some Floyd Mayweather rematch or Manny Pacquiao. Additionally, using Zuffa Boxing becoming set to launch shortly which will be conducted by UFC presidentDana White, this would be a large occasion for their series which would get a lot of eyes and sign-ups in general.
On the flip side, White might not desire his prized possession to get into a ring with a relative unknown to the general population and risk dropping to him which are the third loss in the past four fights of McGregor and directly in boxing. Using a reduction to Keeler, the Mayweather rematch or any other big-money boxing match with McGregor will be dashed.
Personally, I think this struggle would take place behind closed doors maybe at Keeler’s home health club to settle this beef. Similar to the feud that is McGregor-Malignaggi leading upward the May-Mac fight in 2017. Currently, fellow Fact Shark contributors Iain MacMillan and Joe Osborne believe that individuals wouldn’t pass on cashing in with this potential bout, I feel that the risk may outweigh the benefit.
One is that his conditioning, an aspect of his game he asserts he is working on. Notorious did a uppercut to land on Mayweather, a defensive wizard in the ring but the undefeated fighter hardly changed. It begs the issue of does he have the punching power to the amount of fighters that train purely on punching rather than worrying about kicks, clinches and grappling.
Meanwhile, the Keeler has steadily improved the middleweight (160 pounds ) branch and is the fourth-ranked fighter at the WBO middleweight rankings and can be headquartered in in Ireland. He’s unbeaten in his last eight fights since his lack of Tom Doran in April of 2016, to as he dropped at 2015 to Doran too, the person he’s dropped. Keeler is quite competitive and can continue to keep a fairly good rate for the entire length of a bout.
In general, McGregor is a little unconventional and punches can throw from odd angles that capture the more boxing fashion. He does a good job in countering he should have plenty of opportunities to do from a forward-moving fighter such as Keeler. That being said, Keeler may haul McGregor into deep seas and has good conditioning and??put him off. I believe ultimately in this bout with McGregor winning the remaining portion of the match shutting out a decision would be scored by Keeler.
Here’s a look at the likelihood of this potential bout:
Odds at BetOnline as of August 22
Odds at BetOnline as of August 22