It appears that UFC superstar Conor”Notorious” McGregor could be back in action again for first time since UFC 229 last October, however, it might be a return into the boxing ring instead of the Octagon. His competitor you ask? Manny Pacquaio? Canelo Alvarez? Paulie Malignaggi? Luke Keeler, wait that? Irish fighter Luke Keeler challenged his fellow countryman and took a shot at McGregor on websites regarding a bar episode in mid-August.
Online sportsbook BetOnline has set out two lines regarding this spat about whether the battle will even take place in 2019 with all”Yes” arriving in at +450 and also”No” coming back at -700. In addition, a line in the event that this struggle does happen and that’s Keeler as a favored with McGregor.
McGregor finds himself in the spotlight for the wrong motive outside of the Octagon. The Ireland native has a history of as he had been arrested for throwing a dolly in a UFC bus ahead of UFC 223 in early April of 2018 and was arranged five days of community service and also needed to do anger management courses. Fast forward to March of the winner and also the year was in trouble for allegedly carrying the telephone of a man and hammering against it. Criminal charges and the lawsuit were later dismissed.
Presently, a video was released in mid-August of this year of McGregor becoming in an altercation with an older guy at a bar following a dispute over some whiskey, it seems, and also the UFC fighter threw a left hit which hit the guy from the face. Boxer Luke Keeler who asserts McGregor did the identical issue to a pal of his years ago and issued a challenge for a boxing match. Both exchanged words and finally consented to a bout.
I am torn with this. This is just another opportunity for McGregor to invest from the ring after some warmth, make some cash and when he won, a boxing game, it may stir up rumors of battling with some Floyd Mayweather rematch or Manny Pacquiao. In addition, with Zuffa Boxing becoming set to launch shortly which is conducted by UFC presidentDana White, this would be a gigantic occasion for their very first show which would get a lot of sign-ups and eyes .
On the reverse side, White may not want his possession to get into the overall public and risk that are the third loss in the past four fights of McGregor and directly in boxing. With a reduction to Keeler, some other boxing match with McGregor or the Mayweather rematch would probably be dashed.
I feel this struggle would take place behind closed doors maybe at Keeler’s house gym. Comparable to this feud that is McGregor-Malignaggi leading up the May-Mac struggle in 2017. Now Truth Shark contributors Iain MacMillan and Joe Osborne consider that individuals would not pass up on cashing in on this potential bout, I feel that the reward may be outweighed by the danger.
One of the reasons that has price McGregor victories before is that his conditioning he asserts he is working on. Notorious did land a uppercut on Mayweather, a defensive wizard from the ring, early into their bout but the undefeated boxer barely changed. It begs the issue of does he have the punching power to the degree of fighters that train on punching rather than worrying about kicks, clinches and grappling.
Meanwhile, Keeler has steadily improved the middleweight (160 pounds ) branch and is the fourth-ranked fighter at the WBO middleweight ranks and is headquartered in Ireland. He is unbeaten in his last eight fights since his loss to because he dropped at 2015 to Doran as well, the man he has dropped. Keeler can keep a speed for the full length of a bout and is quite competitive.
Overall, McGregor is somewhat unconventional and punches does throw from strange angles that catch the more boxing style off guard. Additionally, he does a fantastic job in countering which he must have a lot of opportunities to perform against a fighter like Keeler. That said, Keeler has good conditioning and might haul McGregor into waters that are deep and??put him away. I think in the end Keeler would evaluate a decision.
Here’s a look at the odds for this bout:
Odds at BetOnline as of August 22
Odds at August 22??at BetOnline