On Feb. 11, 1990, at the Tokyo Dome in Japan, one of the biggest shocks in sports history took place. It was on that night when James “Buster” Douglas, coming in as a 42-to-1 underdog, knocked out Mike Tyson in the 10th round of their bout to become the new undisputed heavyweight champion of the world.
Tonight, Conor McGregor — a UFC champion with no professional boxing bouts under his belt — is set to take on the 49-0 Floyd Mayweather, two years removed from his last fight. And while Douglas’ knockout over Tyson is widely considered one of, if not the, greatest upsets in boxing history, Douglas feels a win by McGregor tonight would be bigger than his.
“I think his odds are a lot more tougher than mine,” Douglas told TMZ Sports. “Conor is no boxer. He has no boxing skills.”
Douglas said he expects Mayweather to dominate the fight, with the only shot McGregor has of winning coming from a possible “Hail Mary” punch.
As of the morning of Aug. 24, MGM vice president of race and sports Jay Rood claimed over 6,000 tickets had been written for McGregor, while only 330 had been written for Mayweather. But multiple bets on Mayweather have been at least $1 million.