I think we all know that this fight is more a sideshow than a real boxing match. Mayweather, whether you like him or not, is one of the greatest in his division even as a retiree. Some dislike him because of his hit and run style, others because of his constant rhetoric. But in all fairness the man can box and he can do it quite well. This is more than I can say for the overmatched McGregor.
McGregor on the other hand is an MMA fighter with reasonably good hands. And a penchant for incredible self-promotion and braggadocio. He has achieved MMA success not because he is one of the best. In a sport that demands fighters be able to punch, kick, grapple and submit he is woefully inadequate in at least one of those areas. He has achieved such prominence primarily because Dana White and company saw him as big box office dollars. They then made sure that he spent as little time on the ground as possible where he is most deficient. He has yet to fight a really good grappler who has had time to train. So be it. Currently Dana White controls the sport and he sometimes makes or breaks fighters depending on their ability to sell tickets. This may change in the near future but that’s another story.
Being both a boxing and MMA fan I think this is a classic mismatch. I don’t believe McGregor could even beat an amateur champion much less Floyd Mayweather. To those who just don’t get it yet, boxing is an entirely different sport than MMA. And it takes more than a few months to prepare to fight one of boxing’s legends. But that won’t stop millions of people from shelling out their hard earned money to watch this Circus sideshow. The fans will be disappointed as it will be quite clear almost from the opening bell that McGregor is in way over his head. While Mayweather is not a power puncher I think he will beat McGregor down fairly early leaving him bloody with eyes puffy enough for the fight to be stopped somewhere between the 4th and 7th rounds. I could certainly be wrong Mayweather may want to carry him a bit longer so that the fans don’t feel cheated.
Of course McGregor has one chance and that is a lucky punch. Make no mistake about it that is his only chance. As a boxer he is totally out classed. I do feel badly for the millions of suckers who will be laying out the bucks to watch this event. But, then again I suppose it is entertainment. No different than paying to see a boxing flick. You already sort of know the ending but that doesn’t stop you from wanting to see it.
And who can blame McGregor? He talked his way into a huge payday. He is currently in a sport where 5 million dollars is just about top dollar. And that sort of money is paid to a very select few and not often. He now transcends into the sport of boxing where he could possibly take home 75 million or more for a single performance. How many of us would turn down that opportunity?
The fight is a joke and should never take place as pure sport. I wish both fighters well and my well wishes go out to Mayweather for once again living up to his name Floyd “money” Mayweather. It takes two to make such large sums of money and Mayweather is usually on one side of it. And also to Conor McGregor a reasonably good MMA fighter who talked his way onto the boxing stage for the biggest payday of his life.
He will come out physically worse for the wear. But fiscally he will be set for the rest of his life and several lifetimes thereafter. And he knows this and that is the only reason that he is doing it. And which one of us could possibly blame him?