Mayweather – McGregor fight desti ned to be sca m of the century

Mayweather – McGregor fight desti ned to be sca m of the century

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Nothing good can come from boxing-mixed martial arts showdown
SPORTS
Well, the deal is finally locked up.
This past week, it was finally announced that boxer Floyd “Money” Mayweather Jr. will take on Ultimate Fighting Championship
star Conor McGregor in a fight Aug. 26 in Las Vegas, a showdown two years in the making. According to UFC president (and
former Hermon resident) Dana White, the bout will be a 12-round boxing match, with 10-ounce gloves and a weight limit of 154
pounds. It will be shown on Showtime pay-per-view.

This bout is widely popular with fight fans and non-fight fans
alike. It’s destined to make millions upon millions of dollars,
likely giving Mayweather more than his reported $250 million
payday that he received for his May 2015 fight against Manny
Pacquiao, which shattered buy rate records.
It’s also destined to be the biggest scam in the history of
boxing.
I understand that, in the fight game, that’s a big statement.
I still remember back in my childhood seeing former heavyweight
champion Mike Tyson make his comeback from his
prison sentence for
rape, winning pay-perview
fights within mere
minutes over total
pushovers like Peter
McNeeley and Buster
Mathis Jr., easily winning
the World Boxing
Council title over
Frank Bruno and the
World Boxing Association
title from Bruce
Seldon. Though Tyson
was the heavy favorite
in each fight, he and
promoter Don King
made millions from
fans who wanted to simply see Tyson beat the living tar out
of inadequate opponents.
At that time, fans at least knew what they were getting themselves
into. They wanted to see destruction, not a back-andforth
classic like the Micky Ward-Arturo Gatti trilogy (if you
haven’t seen them, YouTube it, you’ll thank me later. There’s a
reason Ward eventually had a movie made about him).
In the instance of Mayweather-McGregor, fans actually believe
this could be the
fight of the century.
For years, fight fans
have wondered how
boxing’s best would
do against the UFC’s
best. Since the sports
are similar but different,
how could such a
fight take place? Now
there’s an opportunity
to see it.
But this is going to fail
miserably, for multiple
reasons. Mayweather
is 40 — well past his
prime — and hasn’t
fought in 23 months. He was last in the ring in September
of 2015, when he beat Andre Berto by points. Aside from his
massive payday, Mayweather has the chance to end his career
a perfect 50-0. At the moment, he’s 49-0, with 26 wins
coming by way of knockout.
Mayweather — in my opinion — is the greatest defensive
fighter of all-time. Even not in his prime, he’s supremely quick
and can dance his way out of any situation in the ring. It’s
a strategy that worked against Pacquiao — a fight that took years to negotiate was supposed to save boxing and instead
ended as a total dud. Pacquiao — who was also past his
prime — landed only 19 percent of his punches in that fight,
and Mayweather ended up winning by decision.
Mayweather may not be in optimal condition for the fight,
but he won’t have to against a boxing novice like McGregor
(21-3).
While striking is his best skill set as a mixed martial artist, that
doesn’t mean McGregor — the only fighter in UFC history to
hold titles in two different divisions — is a pure boxer. He’s
aggressive — more aggressive
than Pacquiao
was in Mayweather’s
previous fight — but
McGregor will have to
work on a solid attack
strategy. He will also
physically have to prepare
himself to last 12
rounds. UFC fighters
can go as far as five
rounds.
McGregor represents
the underdog in the
fight, as many give
him no shot to win. A
southpaw, McGregor
will have to rely on a lucky, solid punch on Mayweather early
to win. He doesn’t have a prayer if it goes the distance, as
Mayweather will dance and jab his way to victory via judge’s
decision.
The most striking revelation of this fight for me came from
White — an anomaly in the fact that he’s a promoter who is
brutally honest — did not defend the quality of the fight on
ESPN’s SportsCenter, simply defending it by saying “It’s the
fight the fans want to
see.”
Of course, there may
already be a gentleman’s
agreement between
the two, secretly,
that they will go the distance,
with Mayweather
letting McGregor get
some jabs in, and they
can both go home with
egos intact, counting
their millions.
Will that make it the
fight of the century? Far
from it. It will only send
fans home disappointed,
much in the exact way they went home disappointed from
the Mayweather-Pacquiao fight. And both men in that fight
were boxers.
That’s not to say it won’t be entertaining. The press conference
will be must-see. Both are the best in their sport at
talking trash. The front row at fight night will be littered with
athletes and celebrities of all sorts.
Entertaining, yes. But count me among the group that will not
be dropping my hard-earned money on this train wreck. I’m
still waiting for the next boxing classic.

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