It appears that UFC celebrity Conor”Notorious” McGregor may be back in action again for the first time since UFC 229 last October, however, it could be a return to the boxing ring rather than the Octagon. His opponent you ask? Manny Pacquaio? Canelo Alvarez? Paulie Malignaggi? Luke Keeler, wait ? Irish boxer Luke Keeler challenged his fellow countryman into a bout that McGregor has accepted and took a shot at McGregor on social media regarding a pub episode in mid-August.
Online sportsbook BetOnline has set two lines regarding this spat about if the fight will take place in 2019 using”Yes” coming in at +450 and also”No” coming straight back at -700. Furthermore, a line in the event that this struggle does occur and that has Keeler as a -225 favored with McGregor coming straight back at +175.
McGregor finds himself. The Ireland indigenous has a background of as he has been ordered five days of community support and was arrested for hurling a dolly at a UFC bus before UFC 223 in April of 2018 and also had to do anger management courses. Fast forward to March of the prior winner and this year was in trouble for smashing it and carrying a man’s phone. The litigation and criminal charges were dismissed.
Now, a video was released in mid-August of the season of McGregor becoming in an altercation with a older man at a pub following a dispute over some whiskey, it seems, and also the UFC fighter threw a left hit that hit the man in the face. Fighter Luke Keeler who claims that McGregor did the same thing to a pal of his years and issued a challenge match. The two seemingly exchanged words on the telephone and consented to a bout.
I am torn with this. This can be just another chance for McGregor to invest in the ring following some warmth, make some cash and if he won, a boxing game, it could stir up rumors of fighting some Floyd Mayweather rematch or Manny Pacquiao. Using Zuffa Boxing becoming set to launch shortly which is run by UFC president, Dana White, this would be a massive occasion for their show which would get lots of sign-ups and eyes .
On the flip side, White may not desire his own prized possession to get to the overall population and risk which would be the loss in McGregor four fights and directly in boxing. With a reduction to Keeler, any other big-money boxing match with McGregor or the Mayweather rematch will be dashed.
I think that this struggle would take place behind closed doors maybe at Keeler’s house health club. Very Comparable to this feud leading the May-Mac fight in 2017 up. Currently, fellow Truth Shark contributors Iain MacMillan and Joe Osborne believe on cashing in on this possible bout that individuals wouldn’t pass up, I believe that the reward may be outweighed by the risk.
Among the reasons which has cost McGregor victories before is an element of his game, that his conditioning he asserts he is working on. Notorious did a uppercut to land on Mayweather, a wizard in the ring, early into their bout but it changed the fighter. It begs the question of does he possess the punching power to the level of fighters that train strictly on punching rather than worrying about clinches, cries and grappling.
Meanwhile, the Keeler has steadily improved the middleweight (160 lbs) branch and is the fourth-ranked fighter at the WBO middleweight positions and can be headquartered in Ireland. He’s unbeaten in his last eight fights because his loss to Tom Doran in April of 2016, the only man he has lost to because he fell to Doran as well. Keeler can continue to keep a pace for the full length of a bout and is extremely aggressive.
McGregor is somewhat unconventional and he can throw punches from strange angles that capture the more boxing style. In addition, he does a very fantastic job in countering which he must have plenty of chances to do from a fighter like Keeler. All of that being said, Keeler might haul McGregor and has great conditioning and??put him off. I believe in the end within this bout with McGregor winning the rest of the match shutting out, a determination would be scored by Keeler.
Here’s a look at the likelihood of this bout:
Curious at August 22??in BetOnline
Curious at August 22??in BetOnline