Call this fight whatever you want, but you’re talking about it. No matter what, you can’t deny the juggernaut that is Floyd Mayweather vs Conor Mcgregor. The buzz for this fight is huge. I can’t get through a day at work without hearing heads debating whether the fight will go the distance? Which round it will end? Does Conor have a chance… does he?
If you go back, this was a fight that most experts within both Boxing and MMA predicted would never happen. I didn’t think the fight would happen either. On one side you have Floyd, one of the most decorated and talented boxers of all time. An Olympic bronze medallist who competed in 92 amateur boxing fights and has now compiled a 49-0 perfect record defeating all-time greats such as Oscar De La Hoya and Manny Pacquiao. On the other side, you have Conor Mcgregor, a 24 fight MMA champion who has boxed since his teenage years but nowhere near the elite level of Mayweather.
At the time of the initial speculation, Floyd was 39 and retired. Mcgregor had just beaten Eddie Alvarez for the UFC Lightweight title, displaying a masterclass in movement, timing and precision striking. This was also the UFC’s first event to be held at the “Mecca” of boxing – Madison Square Garden – drawing in more mainstream media attention on the event then there normally would’ve been. Going into the fight Conor was clearly the biggest star in the UFC and the manner of the victory made his star burn even brighter. He became the first fighter in UFC history to simultaneously hold two championships in two divisions at the same time, putting him in UFC/MMA folklore and prompting some to call him the greatest of all time. Mainstream media latched onto this and a monster was born.
From what I’d seen and heard, the consensus of hardcore Boxing and MMA fans were not calling for this fight. Boxing fans dismissed the fight, saying Mcgregor had no business being in the ring with arguably the greatest boxer of all time. On top of that, some boxing fans and pundits have become tired of Floyd’s ways. Not only the domestic violence issues (that I will touch on in a bit) but that his fights were not living up to the hype, that he has been boxing safe, which I would agree with, however, his incredible skill, reflexes and ringmanship cannot be denied. MMA fans on the other hand, wanted to see Mcgregor defend one of his belts at least once. Note that Mcgregor has never defended a UFC title. After stretching Jose Aldo in 13 seconds to win the Featherweight crown, he moved up to 170 pound and fought Nate Diaz in two classic fights, going 1-1, then moving back down to 155 to face Alvarez.
As I mentioned, it also has be noted that Floyd Mayweather has a despicable track record with criminal offences against women. Floyd has multiple convictions ranging from domestic violence to misdemeanour battery. The last conviction actually lead to him serving two months in prison. Clearly, his boxing mastery can’t be questioned but surely his character has to be. Perhaps his sporting accomplishments are so great that it has offset his worst moments. Just something to contemplate before you shell out that PPV money, bearing in mind that Floyd will be receiving the majority of the revenue.
Sceptics have dismissed the fight saying Mcgregor is a boxing novice, he won’t land a punch, the fight is a circus etc but as I said before, despite what you think about the fight, you are still talking about it. For me, the intrigue of what could happen, the unknown, is the draw here. The matchup is unique and the amount of questions that is poses is incredible and I think we will see some really interesting fight patterns as the clash of styles unfold.
In my opinion, to say Mcgregor has no chance means you do not know Conor Mcgregor. He is the man that no further back than 5 years ago was claiming government benefits or as he put it was “on the dole”. To put things in perspective, Conor has gone from the benefits office to rubbing shoulders with the greats – as well as Floyd Mayweather’s head – during the infamous SSE arena world tour press conference -displaying the meteoric rise he’s made.
For a long time, Conor has shown that his mind is his most powerful asset. He has talked about how from a young age, he visualized fighting in the UFC and becoming a UFC champion and how this positive visualization is a big part of his preparation and success. Mcgregor has also made a habit of prophesising how and when his fights will end and more often than not, he has been correct leading to the nickname, “Mystic Mac”. To me this shows that not only does Mcgregor have the physical attributes to achieve greatness but also the mental strength and will to overcome immense challenges. Time has shown that Mcgregor can mould the course of the world to the way he wants and he looks to do this again on August 26th.
I’m not saying that Conor will win but I feel this fight will be more competitive than many think. Look at the recent controversy involving Paulie Malinaggi, a former, multiple time world champion. A number of leaked photos and video show Mcgregor more than hold his own in sparring and arguably knock Malinaggi down. Check the footage out online yourself; I’ll let you come to your own conclusions. But, for Conor to do this – for me – shows some serious legitimacy in his boxing ability.
Now remember, if Floyd goes in there and smokes Mcgregor, this does not mean that Boxing is superior to MMA. If Mayweather was to compete against Mcgregor in the UFC octagon, it would not last long at all due to Floyd’s distinct lack of grappling credentials. Thats why I think it would be unfair to draw that conclusion.
Ultimately, I feel this fight is a spectacle that cannot be missed and is a massive positive for Boxing, MMA and everyone inbetween. The biggest fight of all time is nearly upon us. I don’t know about you but I will be watching.
POSTED BY: JASON