So it’s come to this. August 2017 and whether you like it or not one of the biggest fighting events in sports history is going to happen.
Floyd ‘Money’ Mayweather.
The Best Ever. ™
A titan of this last era in boxing history. The Teflon don. The impregnable…
49 have tried….
But that was all a few years ago now. In recent times he’s become more well known as a one-man ‘Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous’ reboot. One of the kings of social media, Mayweather traverses the globe fraternizing with Billionaires, musicians and other athlete celebrities.
His now 40-year old body is two years removed from the rigor of being the patriarch prize fighter.
Enter Conor McGregor. The outspoken, zero-fucks-giving mix martial arts star Irishman who enters the equation like a movie star. An unheralded Rocky Balboa to the renowned Apollo Creed.
From the humble beginnings of a starving club fighter the top of the UFC brand machine. He has a legion of supporters and admirers.
But of course, a boxer he is not.
The majority of the esteemed boxing brotherhood and global community will be quick to remind you of that. Those who view the sweet science and its practitioners as an esteemed and exclusive entity find it almost sacrilegious that an outsider (with a record of 0-0-0 going in) could dare jump into a coveted marquee event.
That is to be earned. There are pure, long tenured world champions who’ve fought every year of their life to work their way toward that privilege.
Yet the fact remains this fight will happen in less than a day’s time from now.
It may be a side show, a circus., a mainstream oddity. Yet I can’t recall many half-billion dollar circuses.
Like it or not, there is mass intrigue.
Mayweather is well on his way to being the sporting worlds’ first billion-dollar man. His shrewd business practices over the years have made him one of the highest paid athletes of all time, and his final move may just land him in unreachable territory as far as career earnings go.
While many view this bout as a walk-over or even a con job… it doesn’t come without risk.
Many reading this are of the opinion there isn’t a snowball’s chance in hell the brash Irishman can even touch Mayweather with a significant blow. But boxing isn’t called the theatre of the unexpected for nothing.
The smart money – as has always been the case – is on Mayweather boxing circles around a wild swinging and brutish looking McGregor. Cruising to a lopsided points win or possibly even a late round stoppage.
Except there’s always that one punch. The one shot in a million. The lottery blow.
Someone I know likened this event to tennis star Roger Federer hopping in a swimming pool and trying to race Olympic star Michael Phelps. While that may be an apt analogy in some respects, giving Federer the chance to suddenly drown Phelps makes things a bit more interesting.
Side show interest, yes… but this kind of melee has always attracted the masses.
Part of me likens this above all else to a Victorian tavern in the 19th century where a stoic and recently retired world champion pugilist sits enjoying a pint. Suddenly a local hooligan starts spouting he’d knock the esteemed champion out in one lick. Eventually the proud champ indulges him, rolls up his sleeves and both men walk outside.
The kind of carnal savagery that draws a crowd like no other.
With that, for better or for worse… we arrive at Saturday night’s spectacle.
The storied Mayweather should use his class and pedigree to befuddle his hard charging opponent with ease. Anything less than pure dominance would be a miscue.
For Conor McGregor, it’s a lottery ticket guaranteed to pay no matter what happens. There are zero expectations on him in the big picture. A pressure-free and perfectly drafted scenario for him to go in simply looking for ‘that one big punch’.
Whether or not you decide it’s worth your time and money is up to you. Funny that most I know who are so adamantly opposed are the same ones talking about it the loudest and most often.
As Oscar Wilde once said: “There is only one thing in life worse than being talked about, and that is not being talked about.”
It leaves us with the following truths set to occur Saturday night: Floyd Mayweather will make an obscene amount of money, Conor McGregor gets a worry-free chance to strike lightning and make history, and we’ll all be talking about it one way or another.
Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor is a 12-round super welterweight matchup that pits the legendary boxer Mayweather against the all-time MMA great McGregor in the main event of an unprecedented four-fight pay-per-view boxing event. Mayweather vs. McGregor takes place on Saturday, Aug. 26 at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. The event is produced and distributed live by SHOWTIME PPV and promoted by Mayweather Promotions.
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