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Mayweather-McGregor has the hype, but local boxers say Canelo's Sept. bout is the real one to watch

Local trainer says Canelo V. GGG overshadowed
Posted at 11:37 PM, Aug 25, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-27 00:58:43-04

UPDATE: Floyd Mayweather defeats Conor McGregor in the 10th round by TKO.  

LAS VEGAS (AP) ? The Latest on the Floyd Mayweather Jr.-Conor McGregor fight (all times local):

9:49 p.m.

Round 9: Floyd Mayweather Jr. has no fear of Conor McGregor's punches and he lands big combinations to the head that shake McGregor. A tired McGregor holds on trying to stay upright as Mayweather batters him around the ring.

Unofficial AP score: Mayweather 10-9, Total Mayweather 87-84

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9:44 p.m.

Round 8: Action slows some but the tone of the fight remains the same. Conor McGregor is fighting in flurries, back-pedaling as Floyd Mayweather Jr. keeps after him.

Unofficial AP score: Mayweather 10-9, Total Mayweather 77-75 ___

9:41 p.m.

Round 7: Floyd Mayweather Jr. is starting to have his way with Conor McGregor, chasing after him and landing punches to the head. McGregor appears to be tiring as Mayweather keeps the pressure on.

Unofficial AP score: Mayweather 10-9, Total Mayweather 67-66 ___

9:37 p.m.

Round 6: Floyd Mayweather steps up the pace and begins landing in volume. He batters Conor McGregor with a series of punches and lands some good lead right hands. McGregor's punches seem to lack snap.

Unofficial AP score: Mayweather 10-9, Total 57-57

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9:33 p.m.

Round 5: Floyd Mayweather Jr. continues to pursue Conor McGregor who tries to keep him off with little flurries. But Mayweather seems to be figuring something out and lands a hard left in the final minute.

Unofficial AP score: Mayweather 10-9, Total McGregor 48-47

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9:29 p.m.

Round 4: Floyd Mayweather is pursuing Conor McGregor, who keeps him away with his jab.

But Mayweather begins to connect for the first time in the fight, landing some solid head punches.

Unofficial AP score: Mayweather 10-9, Total McGregor 39-37

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NATIONAL CITY, Calif. (KGTV) -- It’s been called an extravaganza, a spectacle and branded the “money fight,” but perhaps the best word to describe the months leading up to tomorrow’s much-anticipated event is ‘hype.’

An estimated that 50 million people could watch in the United States alone, and with showings in 200 countries, it could reach a billion.

The boxing match features undefeated boxing legend Floyd Mayweather and UFC icon Conor McGregor- who is not a professional boxer. For that reason, many “real” boxing fans say that this isn’t a boxing match at all.

“They’re gonna eat it up, they’re gonna eat it up, and they’re gonna be sucked in,” said local boxing trainer Carlos Barragan. “My perspective on that fight, I believe for a boxing fan, it really does nothing for the sport of boxing.”

Barragan would know, too. In the back of a National City parking lot, behind barred windows, he’s trained hundreds of boxers inside the House of Boxing.

Arguably the biggest name to train in the building is three-time world champion, Canelo Alvarez. Alvarez grew up in Mexico, once lived in Del Mar, and fought Mayweather back in 2013. It was Alvarez’s only loss.

Mayweather and McGregor will fight Saturday in T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas - the same arena where Alvarez will also fight on September 16.

Many boxing fans say the Alvarez fight is the actual fight that matters, and that it is currently being overshadowed by the hype of Saturday’s spectacle.

“You want to talk a real boxing fight, Canelo against GGG, that’s the one you can break down,” Barragan said.

Love it or hate it, a lot of money is riding on Saturday’s fight.

If McGregor knocks out Mayweather in early rounds, Las Vegas bookmakers would lose millions of dollars in the biggest single event loss in the history of sports betting.

If McGregor wins in any fashion, there will be multimillion dollar losses. The earlier he wins, the worse the losses would be.