The biggest fight in combat sports history will be upon us when Conor McGregor faces Floyd Mayweather in a boxing match in Las Vegas.
The announcement of the fight on August 26 has been met with a mixture of excitement and ridicule, with fans, media and fighters from both the boxing and MMA communities not being shy about having their say.
One of the more frequently asked questions right now is how can McGregor possibly win?
The answer to that question is easy – he already has.
Reports would suggest that both the Irishman and Mayweather look set to make over $100million (£80m) each on fight night.
The fact McGregor looks set to earn five times the amount he took home at UFC 205 last November is newsworthy enough, but perhaps more relevant is where the Irishman was four and a half years ago.
Before debuting in the UFC in April 2013, McGregor was collecting a weekly cheque for €180 (£150) from Ireland’s welfare state.
On the night of his debut against Marcus Brimage in Sweden, that all changed when he got the TKO victory in just 77 seconds and took home what was then a lucrative bonus of $60,000 for the ‘Knockout of the Night’.
To be honest, I don’t know what’s going on here, I’m just up here hearing $60,000 and I’m just thinking of what I’m going to spend it on,’ McGregor said in the press conference after.
‘Maybe a nice car and some suits or something, some custom-made suits.
‘I’m making money here, I didn’t have money before this, you know.
‘Like I said, I was collecting €180 a week off the social welfare and here I am and I’ve got 60 G’s bonus and my own pay.’
That evening started a meteoric rise like never seen before.
McGregor went on to sweep all before him in the UFC featherweight division with wins over Max Holloway, Diego Brandao, Dustin Poirier, Dennis Siver and Chad Mendes before beating the undefeated champion Jose Aldo to unify the 145 pound belt.
This was the only beginning though.
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In March 2016 McGregor tasted defeat under the UFC banner for the first time when he was beaten by Nate Diaz in a fight that came together in just eleven days after the original opponent, Rafael dos Anjos, pulled out injured.
The defeat only made McGregor’s brand stronger and he defeated Diaz in a rematch in August to gain his revenge.
With the score settled with Diaz, it was then time to once again pursue his dream of becoming the first man ever to hold two titles in two different weight divisions.
This was a goal he achieved when he defeated Alvarez last November at UFC 205 on a landmark occasion for both McGregor and the sport of MMA at the UFC’s debut event in Madison Square Garden.
Not long after the bout, McGregor kickstarted his campaign to fight the greatest boxer of all time and after months of back and forth exchanges in the media, a fight that once looked impossible became a reality earlier this week.
What a journey it’s been for the Irishman already and it’s nowhere near finished.
No doubt plenty of pundits, fans and fellow fighters will scoff at the thought of McGregor defeating Mayweather on August 26 and they have every right to do that.