Saturday is the day we've all been waiting for. Undefeated boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. takes on UFC superstar Conor McGregor in a match that is sure to draw millions of viewers and millions of dollars for both men. Conor McGregor is definitely the underdog in this fight. Mayweather has been winning matches—all of his matches—since the mid-1990s. McGregor made his debut as an MMA fighter in 2008. Before that he was a plumber in Ireland literally living off welfare. But don't count McGregor totally out. The 29-year-old Irish athlete got his start boxing when he was 12-years-old. In 2006, he met UFC fighter Tom Egan and he began training in mixed martial arts together. McGregor has also trained in Tae Kwon Do, Karate, Capoeira, and Kickboxing prior to competing in professional MMA.
McGregor made his MMA debut in 2007 at the age of 18. He won the amateur fight by TKO (technical knockout) in the first round. He turned professional after that fight. McGregor made his professional MMA debut in March 2008 in the lightweight division. His first fight was against Gary Morris. He won with a TKO in the second round. McGregor then went on to win his second fight before moving to the featherweight division and suffering his first loss. After that loss, McGregor briefly considered pursuing a different career path. However, his coach convinced him to stick with MMA.
McGregor then went on to win his next fight in the featherweight division against Connor Dillon. He moved back to the lightweight division to face Joseph Duffy and had his second loss via an arm-triangle choke. After that, McGregor went on a winning streak in 2011 and 2012 that lasted through eight fights. He won both the CWFC Featherweight and Lightweight Championships to become the first European MMA athlete to hold two titles in different weight divisions at the same time.
Then, in 2013, Dana White took a trip to Dublin and was swamped with people telling him he had to sign McGregor to the UFC. White met with McGregor, conferred with then UFC CEO Lorenzo Fertitta, and signed McGregor to the UFC a few days later.
McGregor made his UFC debut on April 6, 2013 against Marcus Brimage. McGregor initially struggled against his excessively aggressive opponent. He strategically realized that he could deliver a snap kick to Brimage's chest and chin. McGregor won the bout via knockout a bit more than one minute into the first round.
In August 2013, McGregor took on Max Holloway. He won that fight by unanimous decision. Unfortunately, McGregor also tore his ACL in that match. That injury kept him out of the ring for 10 months.
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McGregor returned to the UFC in 2014 and won a number of fights. He was a rising star in the sport and Fertitta signed him to a new multi-fight contract. In December 2015, McGregor made $12 million for a 13-second fight against Jose Aldo. In March 2016, he made $10-15 million for fighting Nate Diaz at UFC 196. A year and a half later, he took on Diaz once again and made $25 million.
Along the way, McGregor earned the nickname The Notorious. He has fought in 24 MMA bouts and won 21 of them, 18 of them by knockout.
Now McGregor is stepping out of the MMA cage and into the boxing ring to take on Floyd Mayweather, Jr. The fight has the potential to more than triple McGregor's current $35 million net worth, regardless of the outcome. The fight is likely to be the most lucrative PPV event ever. McGregor stands to make $75-100 million on Saturday night while Floyd will take home an estimated $300 million.