Up until a few years ago, boxing was regularly putting on incredible fights with the likes of Oscar De La Hoya, Bernard Hopkins, Miguel Cotto, Manny Pacquiao, and Pretty Boy Floyd Mayweather just to name a few. The sport was abuzz with excitement and the PPV numbers went through the roof. However, the same cannot be said for the present. The combination of internal politics and childish fights between greedy and arrogant promoters has kept fans from seeing the fights they really want to see, and stalled this once great sport in the process.
While professional boxing has been floundering around in its own self-pity, the one-time freak show known as the Ultimate Fighting Championship has not only gotten its act together, it has grown exponentially and is now surpassing the sweet science as the most popular combat sport in the world. Leading the charge is a brash Irishman named Conor McGregor. McGregor exploded in the sport with the combination of a deadly left hand, and a trash talking ability that would make Muhammad Ali blush. He has drawn in so many eyeballs that even the UFC’s most ardent critics from the professional boxing world have had to swallow their pride, stand up, and take notice. Now, boxing’s ultimate champ and trash talker, Floyd Mayweather has said he plans to step out of retirement to take down McGregor and restore the glory of his quickly fading sport before it disappears into oblivion.
Below are 15 reasons why Mayweather vs. McGregor is total garbage, but you’d be a fool to miss it!
15. One Of The Biggest Con Jobs In The History Of Fight Promotion
Every day for the past year, all we’ve heard about is this “megafight” between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and the Notorious One, Conor McGregor. And for every day in the past year, it has been nothing more than a con bob orchestrated behind the scenes by Mayweather, McGregor, and the president of “The Company,” Dana White. It has been hyped SO MUCH that if it ever does come to fruition, there is no way that you cannot watch it; you have to watch it! It’s like when you are driving down the highway and you come upon a nasty car accident. You know that someone is probably mangled on the side of the road, and you don’t want to look, but you have to look. It’s that morbid sense of curiosity that we all have and there is simply nothing you can do about it.
14. Earning Power Extraordinaire
Much has been made of the money that Mayweather makes per fight (usually by Mayweather himself), but beware ole Pretty Boy, the Notorious One is right on your tail. In 2015, Forbes put out a list of the highest paid athletes per second, and while the usual suspects like Mayweather, LeBron James, and Serena Williams made the cut, a new name appeared in one Conor Anthony McGregor. The Irish superstar’s $31,886.79 per-second was 2nd only to the megastar Mayweather’s $65,972.22. If we combined their per-second earning power, the two fighters pull in a ridiculous $5,871,540.60 for every minute they are in the ring! Overall, the fight could be worth upwards of a billion dollars for all involved, making it the highest earning boxing event in history.
13. Which Will Be Better: The Fight, Or The Trash Talking Leading Up To The Fight?
With the fight appearing to be closer than ever to confirmation, both fighters have taken their trash talking to a new level. Pretty Boy Floyd has been known to spew some garbage against his opponents, but he may have met his match in McGregor. Some highlights include Mr. 49-0 referring to McGreggor as “Conor McTapout” and “The Notorious Quitter.” Conor returned the favor by stating, “Right now, I have Floyd running around the Showtime offices gathering my money! As soon as he gets my money, we can fight!” According to Mayweather, “Within my company, I’m the boss; I call the shots … I’m an elephant. Elephant don’t beef with ants!”
But Conor is deaf to his mantra and responded, “Get my f*kin’ money. And when you get my money, we can box!” The Irishman continued, “We can box in this boxing match with these set of rules that will keep you alive!” and “Ya keep dropping my name and you haven’t got the money, then I’m gonna show up at your front door!”
12. Mayweather Is Wise To Demand A Meeting Away From The Octagon
There once was a time when the boxing world was lit ablaze by one James “Lights Out” Toney. Toney, who compiled a staggering record of 76 wins to only 3 losses with 46 of those victories coming via the KO, is undeniably both a trailblazer and a true legend in the ring. However, it only takes five minutes of listening to Mr. Toney consistently slur his speech to come to the conclusion that he has taken one too many shots to the dome. Due to this, it is understandable that he would think that he could leave the boxing arena and make a name for himself under the bright lights of the UFC. However, his vast experience as a pugilist and all of his championship belts combined could not prevent him from getting choked within an inch of unconsciousness in the first round by the UFC legend, Randy Couture.
11. Floyd Will Do What He Has Done To Every Opponent He’s Ever Faced
There’s a reason why Money Mayweather has spent the last two decades in the “undefeated” column of the sports page, he knows how NOT to get hit. Floyd is the ultimate king of the defensive game by combining masterful footwork, matrix-like head movement, and his famous shoulder roll. He also holds the uncanny ability to anticipate his opponent’s next move and adjusts his defensive strategy often before the other fighter throws the punch. The other thing that Mayweather does to win is to pace himself to go the full distance while throwing just enough shots to outscore his opponent and win on the scorecards. Even though Conor McGregor is lightning fast with that left hand, the proven Mayweather method should be more than enough to take home the prize.
10. Both Boxing And The UFC Are Happy This Is Not Taking Place In The Cage
Back in the day, Mike Tyson fans were pissed because they would drop fifty of their hard earned greenbacks on the PPV, and Tyson would then drop his opponent in the first round, leaving both his fans and his opponent wondering what the f**k just happened.
The only way Mayweather/McGregor could remotely be a contest is if it is taking place in the boxing ring and not the octagon. A meeting in the cage would be a much shorter event, leaving the spending public fuming. Once Conor snatches up Pretty Boy’s pins out from under him for the takedown, Mr. 49-0 will quickly learn the sensation of strangulation at the hands of an elite UFC fighter, and the fans would once again be left wondering what the f**k just happened. A fight between the ropes means that things should get past the 2nd round, and people will feel only slightly jipped on the $100 they dropped on the PPV.
9. The Gloves
One of the biggest problems that McGregor will contend with is that he has to leave his favorite 4 oz skull crushing knuckle pads back in Ireland in favor of the 8-10 oz boxing gloves that Money Mayweather has made his name in for the last two decades. Even though The Notorious One has worn boxing gloves in his training sessions, there is a big difference between controlled sparring in the gym, and duking it out with a legendary boxer in the squared circle. In addition, the fact that the boxing gloves might weigh more than twice that of the UFC hand covers might have enough of a psychological effect on the brash Irishman to slow his lightning left hand down just enough and nullifying it as the deadly, laser guided weapon that he is accustomed to having.
8. Boxing vs. MMA
If we were to compare professional boxing and professional mixed martial arts, we would find many similarities. To begin with the obvious, they are both considered combat sports where the object of the game is to defeat your opponent on the scorecards or via the TKO/KO. They both use similar scoring systems and go by time-limited rounds with a referee regulating the action. The combatants will spend a similar amount of time preparing for the fight by perfecting their skills, tactics, and strategies, and adhering to a strict diet. Both will work on using their hands to “punch” or “strike” their opponent, and they will develop similar footwork and defensive movements to avoid attack. However, the key separator is that while boxers are limited to hand use only, just about anything goes in an MMA fight including kicks, elbows, take-downs, and grappling.
7. What Do Professional Boxers Think?
Former welterweight boxing champ Amir Khan gives credit to McGregor for his power, but believes that he is just not a legit boxer and will be truly outmatched against one of the sport’s best. Khan recently remarked, “He [Mayweather] can break anyone down, take away that power, pick them off and I think McGregor just falls short in boxing.” WBO light middleweight champion Canelo Alvarez calls the matchup “a joke,” and criticizes McGregor for his lack of cardio saying that he “gasses out” too quickly. Even top promoter Bob Arum weighed in stating, “Well I think that… Let me tell you something: Conor McGregor is not a boxer, so if they box under boxing rules with the regular gloves and so forth, a novice will beat him.”
6. What Do MMA Fighters Think?
Just like the ridiculousness of a boxer such as James Toney believing he has a shot at victory in the octagon against a UFC legend, the same can be said for McGregor’s delusion that he will make it out of the second round against Money Mayweather. Even McGregor’s fellow UFC colleagues agree. UFC veteran and ultimate mouthpiece Chael Sonnen stated, “If I said, ‘Hey, we’ve got a great athlete from one field, that’s never done a sport before, and he’s gonna come on and take on the best current living guy in that sport,’ it’d be laughed at.” And McGregor nemesis Nate Diaz remarked, “I think it’s a big publicity stunt.” The Irishman can’t even count on a little love from his homies…
5. McGregor Will Have the Natural Intuition To Want To Take Mayweather Down
One of the biggest issues that the Notorious One will face is that he can’t unlearn what he has spent years learning, and his countless hours of training as a mixed martial artist may cause him to resort to a takedown attempt from time to time. This may disrupt his rhythm, cause him to hesitate, and that is all that a killer like Mayweather needs to send McGregor to the Ricky Hatton School of Hard Knocks. For example, there will come moments where Floyd will throw a left and Conor’s trained instinct will be to drop down so that he can grab Mayweather by the waist and take him to the ground. The problem, however, is that as soon as the Irishman drops down to charge forward, Floyd will have the right hand waiting for him and it will be good night Irene.
4. How Will Conor Deal With Floyd’s Stellar Defense?
McGregor is very quick and dangerous with his left and Floyd has had problems with southpaws in the past. As Jose Aldo can attest, the Notorious One sports a left that is so fast that one would have to have the eyes of an eagle to see it coming.
Legendary UFC Hall of Famer Bas Rutten calls it, “laser guided.” The funny part about it is that Conor is so confident in his “south paw” that he doesn’t even try to mask it; instead, he circles around the octagon with the left cocked back like the hammer on a Desert Eagle 50 caliber waiting to blow a hole the side of Rhode Island directly into his opponent’s head. As masterful as Pretty Boy Floyd is with his shoulder shrugging defense, one shot from the McGregor cannon just might be enough to put that first blemish on the Money Team’s winning record.
3. Does McGregor Actually Stand A Chance?
If we were to go by the Las Vegas odds makers, the answer is a resounding “NO!” However, they’ve been wrong before and they can be wrong again. The professional predictors from Sin City have Floyd Mayweather opening as a huge favorite at -2250, with McGregor coming back at +950. This means that for every dollar you put down on the underdog McGregor, you’d come back with $9.50 if he pulls out the miracle win. What Vegas is telling you is that you should not rush out to your local bookie and drop your kids college fund on the Irishman. With that said, years ago, the same Vegas oddsmakers were saying the same thing about a former underdog by the name of Buster Douglas in his bout against the undefeated, and scariest man alive at the time, Iron Mike Tyson; so you must ask yourself, does your kid really need that college education, hmm?
2. Will This Circus Sideshow Even Take Place?
Yes! To begin with, there’s just too much money at stake for all involved. Between the individual earning power of Mayweather and McGregor, and the promotional savvy of boxing and the UFC, the payday may be in the stratosphere. Early reports from those in the know already have it surpassing the one-billion dollar mark. In addition, the new owners of the UFC need the possible financial windfall to earn back some of the $4 billion they just handed Dana White and the Ferttida brothers. Lastly, with so much bad blood between professional boxing and mixed martial arts, and the fact that in recent years, the former has been eclipsed by the later, the professional boxing world needs some mojo, and a dominant Mayweather win over the Notorious One will provide the squared circle some positive publicity, and might just show the world that it is still this dominant sport in the combat arena.
1. The News Coverage Would Knock Donald Trump Off The Front Page And That’s Good For Everyone!
In a year that has been nothing short of controversial and traumatic in the world of race relations and politics in our nation, a spectacle of this magnitude might be just what the country needs. With the continued reports of tensions between law enforcement and African Americans, protests and riots between “Liberal Progressives” and the “Alt-Right,” and a new President of the United States who sends out more ridiculous Tweets than all three Kardashian sisters and Kanye West combined, a different kind of circus sideshow might just be exactly what the doctor ordered. It will not provide a solution to these complex and troubling issues, but it would surely be enough of a distraction, even if it’s only for a little while, and that’s something that everyone would welcome.