McGregor vows Mayweather knockout as moment of truth nears

first_imgEthel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters But while McGregor, a long-odds underdog, has attracted most wagers, the majority of the money is on Mayweather.William Hill US reported that several large bets had been placed on Mayweather for what is expected to be a straightforward assignment.One punter placed a $1.2 million cash bet on Mayweather, which will earn around $240,000.Yet the mere fact that McGregor will carry at least a puncher’s chance into the contest has been enough to sustain the excitement.Stephen Espinoza, the head of cable network Showtime Sports which is selling the fight on pay-per-view in the US, said surveys had shown that fans were not deterred by predictions of a mismatch.“The casual fans were absolutely adamant,” Espinoza said.“Their response almost universally was ‘We don’t care if it’s a mismatch … if there’s a .01 chance that something incredible could happen, we need to watch it.’“And that’s why they’re going to watch it.”Others however have sounded a note of caution, citing potential safety risks to McGregor given the chasm of experience between the Irishman and Mayweather.British former light-welterweight world champion Amir Khan expressed fears Friday McGregor could be seriously injured. Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Griffin grabs bronze for PH in wakeboarding “Weight doesn’t win fights, fighting wins fights,” Mayweather said. “It won’t go the distance. Mark my words — I’m not worried about the scales.”McGregor meanwhile basked in the adulation of his Irish fans who have poured into the Nevada desert gambling capital this week.“You can’t beat us — we’ve already taken over,” McGregor bellowed. “Las Vegas is Ireland now.”An army of Irish fans poured out onto the Las Vegas strip following the weigh-in, dancing and singing in blazing hot sunshine.Saturday’s bout has appalled boxing traditionalists, who have rubbished the event as a meaningless, money-grabbing, mismatch which owes more to the pantomime traditions of WWE wrestling than the noble art.Boxing pundits, coaches and fighters have lined up to dismiss McGregor’s hopes of succeeding where 49 others in Mayweather’s 21-year career have failed.“Would a ping-pong player have a chance of scoring a point against Roger Federer?” was the withering verdict of veteran trainer Teddy Atlas. “It’s going to be like walking through a really bad neighborhood late at night. McGregor’s going to get mugged.”Safety fearsThe hard-nosed heavy-hitters of the gambling world agree.Saturday’s fight is set to smash records as the most bet-upon bout in Las Vegas history. Biggest Pogo service provider padlocked for tax evasion Floyd Mayweather Jr., center left, and Conor McGregor face off during a weigh-in Friday, Aug. 25, 2017, in Las Vegas. The two are scheduled to fight in a boxing match Saturday in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)Mixed martial arts star Conor McGregor vowed to knock out boxer Floyd Mayweather on Friday as a horde of Irish fans descended on Las Vegas for the trash-talking rivals’ cross-combat super-fight.McGregor, 29, will carry a substantial weight advantage into Saturday’s 12-round boxing contest at the T-Mobile Arena after a raucous weigh-in that saw him face-off with Mayweather for the final time before fight-night.ADVERTISEMENT Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Gamescenter_img “It’s like a tennis player trying to play badminton,” Khan said.“(McGregor) needs to think about himself in this fight, because if he gets seriously injured, he might not ever be the same fighter or he might not even fight again.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side View comments LATEST STORIES Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim McGregor, who has never fought in a professional boxing contest, is a massive underdog for a fight, which is expected to beamed live to around 200 countries and territories across the globe.But the former apprentice plumber from Dublin, who was unemployed four years ago, defiantly predicted he was ready to spring a monumental upset on the skillful Mayweather, one of the finest boxers in history who boasts a perfect 49-0 record.“That’s the worst shape I’ve ever seen him,” McGregor said of Mayweather. “I’m going to breeze through him, trust me on that.”‘Fighting wins fights’A nonplussed Mayweather shrugged off his weight disadvantage and once again vowed to stop McGregor inside the distance.ADVERTISEMENT With waves of green-shirted fans in a crowd of around 6,000 roaring their support for the Irish superstar, McGregor tipped the scales at 153 pounds, well inside the 154-pound limit.Former welterweight champion Mayweather, 40, who has emerged from a two-year retirement to take on MMA star McGregor, weighed in at 149.5 pounds.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingThe naturally bigger McGregor — who screamed into Mayweather’s face as the two men went nose-to-nose — said he expects to enter the ring at closer to 170 pounds.Saturday’s one-off bout is projected to be the richest fight in history, with Mayweather poised to earn as much as $200 million and McGregor potentially pocketing around $100 million. 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Sodhi gunning for more glory

first_imgHe calls for targets, shoots them down with two quick bursts from his shotgun, then prepares for the next targets. Ronjan Singh Sodhi’s sport is just like his life now-a-days – there is no time to rest.Just a day after he returned home from Izmir, Turkey, where he shot the double trap gold at the ISSF World Cup Finals, Sodhi was back in action with his trusted Perazzi weapon at the Dr Karni Singh Shooting Range Wrestling in Tughlakabad.Speaking to MAIL TODAY while taking a break between practice rounds, Sodhi said his focus had not dwindled despite his big achievement.”I had said before I left for the Finals that I had three big competitions coming up and, for me, it’s just one down and two to go (Commonwealth Games and Asian Games). Yes, it was magnificent to win the gold medal, but my focus is very much in place, which is why I’m here practicing the day after I got back home,” Sodhi said.Reflecting on his performance in the Finals, Sodhi said the key to success had been confidence in himself. “It was pretty close at the end of the qualification round, but my competitors started falling behind early in the final. The best thing was the confidence that my training had given me, which was helped by the fact that I was hitting the targets right in the middle,” he said.”It has been a fantastic year for me – out of five ISSF competitions, I have shot well in three.advertisementBefore this gold, I had won the World Cup gold in Lonato ( Italy) and I had shot the world record ( 147 points) in Acapulco ( Mexico) in the first World Cup of the year. So I’m hoping to take this strong form forward with gold at the next two events as well.” On the contribution of shot gun coach Marcello Dradi of Italy, Sodhi said: ” Having somebody as experienced as Marcello around is really a big help. He travels to competitions with us and while he can’t change too much of the technical aspects at this stage, it is a tremendous boost to the mind to have him around and talking to you at the competitions.”His help has also reflected in the records this year – apart from my success, there’s been Manavjit [ Sandhu] winning a World Cup gold in trap, Asher [ Noria] has won the junior double trap at the World Championships and Seema Tomar has also won a silver medal – the first for an Indian woman shotgunner. Marcello has played a major role in taking the Indian shotgun team to an all- time high.” Sodhi also dismissed concerns over the form of Abhinav Bindra and Samaresh Jung, who are going through a lean patch.”Abhinav hasn’t shot in enough competitions since the Olympics to judge his form. I know that he is a big- game player and prepares himself with the mega events in mind. If you look at his past record, the bigger the stage, the better his performance gets.Be it the Olympic gold or the World Championships gold in 2006, he always succeeds on the big stage, so I have no doubt that come Games time, his performance will be at its peak,” he said.”As regards Samaresh Jung, the expectations had been heightened after he won five gold at the 2006 Melbourne Commonwealth Games. He is not in bad form, it is just that other shooters have done better than him in some events. I have no doubts that these champions will underline their greatness,” he said. ” Having said that, I believe the man to watch out for will no doubt be Gagan Narang. Not only is he in the fray for multiple gold medals, he has also been the most consistent among all our shooters.” On the last- minute concerns about the athletes’ accommodation and other facilities at the Commonwealth Games Village, Sodhi said he wasn’t letting them cloud his mind.”There has been too much negative publicity about every aspect of the Games. Yes, there is a little bit of concern about the Village and I would be lying if I said there were no concerns. But my gut feeling says everything is going to be all right. Senior level people have intervened now and I think everything should be in order,” he said.last_img read more