Mark Your Calendars, Fight Fans - There's A Cash Grab Coming Up
August 26th 2017. The date has been set for a long rumored boxing rules match between the undefeated Floyd “Money” Mayweather and UFC superstar Conor “The Notorious” McGregor. From the moment it was announced sports fans everywhere could not help but hear about it. The news has permeated all forms of media and everyone seemingly has a say. The hype train has left the station folks. Get on board! A bullet train headed straight for the biggest pay-per-view payday ever. Can anything derail this mega-fight?
Yes. A harsh dose of reality. I'll come right out and say it. McGregor has no chance. No. Chance. Those seeking to justify the bout (and it's likely $100+ price tag on their cable bill) will cite McGregor's punching power as his left hand is one of the most devastating in professional fighting. They may cite Floyd's age in addition to his ailing wrists and hands as a reason the fight may remain competitive throughout. Their last delirious illusions will have them grasping at the old standby, “he's got a puncher's chance,” in reference to McGregor being able to land just one lucky blow. To this I repeat, screaming from the proverbial rooftops. McGregor has no chance. None.
While McGregor does hit hard, it's not as if we haven't seen him unable to finish opponents before. He threw everything he had at Nate Diaz (twice) and was unable to get a finish. To think that he can step in with 10 oz boxing gloves (up from the 4 oz gloves used in the UFC) and KO the highest skilled fighter of his era is an absolute pipe dream.
Floyd is 40 years old and like most 40 year-old's, his body is beginning to fail him a bit. Much has been made of him not having trained full time and that his wrists and hands might not be what they once were. In a sport where your hands are your only weapon, weakness in these areas could certainly be an issue. McGregor is only 28, an age where most would say an athlete is in his prime. However, one would argue that the biggest advantage the age difference might give is the ability to last longer while fighting harder. In this instance I view the age as a wash seeing as how McGregor has absolutely no stamina. He has shown that he gasses super quickly, and I don't think a 3 minute round (compared to the 5 minutes in MMA) will help him... seeing as there are 12 of them instead of 3.
Then there's the small hindrance of the fact that Floyd is a boxer, one of the best ever, and McGregor is an MMA fighter, one who has lost as recently as last year. These sports are two completely different disciplines. There is a reason Mayweather sits as a +700 favorite in Vegas, and it's not to give you an easy payday on the underdog, I assure you.
If you are hell-bent on buying this, and I am sure most are, I hope you enjoy. The lead-up and hype will be overwhelming. We will undoubtedly get a few classic McGregor trash-talk moments and it will be fun to talk fighting with aunts and uncles who haven't watched a bout since the Mike Tyson days. It will be very easy to buy into a spectacle of this magnitude.
The reality? This fight does nothing but steal an MMA superstar from the sport during his absolute peak. As an MMA fan first and foremost, I see no positive outcome. I doubted McGregor and his brash style right up until he smashed the daylights out of Dennis Siver. Then I watched as others reluctantly had to admit this guy was for real, rejoicing with strangers in a bar packed to the gills as he KO'd Aldo in 13 seconds. Win or lose I fear we have seen the last of Conor McGregor in the octagon.
My watch party will start around 7.