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Mayweather vs McGregor is Set

Since the debate began a very long time ago, I have doubted that it would ever come to fruition, but it did. Floyd “Money” Mayweather Jr. retired and has always said it would take another nine-figure payday to get him out of retirement. Now, that is exactly what he’s expected to get when he faces UFC lightweight champion Conor Mcgregor in a boxing match on August 26 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. In the past Mayweather made some pretty extraordinary claims about the color of his skin and compared it to the color of Conor’s. With the issue of race aside, several people chimed in and laid it all out there. Mayweather’s assertion that it is racially motivated is childish and pouty. He isn’t thinking about the real issue and I doubt his ego will ever change his mind. Oh well, at least we can count on MMA for entertainment.

Mayweather has faded quickly and effectively as a man with a big mouth that nobody likes.

That type of person has no race, just an annoying habit of being someone people love to hate.

Let’s talk about why Mayweather singled out Conor first. He didn’t single him out because he is Irish, he chose Conor because Conor is notorious (which is also his fight nickname) for talking a lot of trash before he fights. Mayweather likens his own trash talking to Conor’s. That statement has problems in itself. There are two major hiccups in that comparison. One is that Mayweather is nowhere near the same level of clever that Conor is in his statements. Conor is quick-witted and talks trash like a great story teller about the weaknesses he sees in his opponents. Mayweather simply talks about how great he is and that he is a legend like we have never seen. The second is simple, Conor makes light of it and he does it in a funny way while he is being honest. Mayweather is not joking and trying to be funny whole he talks about how great he thinks he is.

The main point of argument is that Conor backs up his talk and makes predictions about his performance that are true. He takes chances and goes for the finish every time. He is a “hungry” fighter that truly believes he works hard to be the greatest. Mayweather does believe in himself as the greatest, however, he is not an enthusiastic fighter. He does not fight to finish, he fights to score points and not take damage.

That is all well and good, but it is not entertainment and it is not what people want to pay tons of money to see.

Although I don’t see him standing a chance against the slick defense and years of polished experience in a boxing ring against Mayweather, McGregor has already accomplished his goal: to have a life-changing payday. McGregor has made millions from endorsements and other revenue, but he’s never made this kind of money simply for fighting. His take could grow exponentially as well if the event is as big of a success as it’s pacing to be.

President of the UFC, Dana White has already said he fully expects McGregor to defend his 155-pound title in the Octagon before the end of the year. If that happens, it should be a fruitful year for Conor, win or lose. All of the purses are only estimated right now, but they are going to be huge. Mayweather Promotions CEO Leonard Ellerbe says the two sides have a confidentiality agreement that restricts them from revealing all of the financial details publicly. There will be a preliminary release of the purses, per Nevada State Athletic Commission law the day before the fight, but that is only a baseline figure. The percentages of the gate, pay-per-view buys and other bonuses will not be included in those numbers. Personally, I can’t wait.

McGregor vs Mayweather

I know what my opinion is, but how do MMA stars and/or famous boxers feel about the potential bout between McGregor and Mayweather? Oscar De La Hoya said last week that he believes a boxing match between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Conor McGregor could kill the sport of boxing. De La Hoya said he was unsure if the sport would ever recover from what he deemed a circus fight. Not everything in boxing has that sentiment, though. Roy Jones Jr. told Ariel Helwani on Monday’s edition of The MMA Hour that he has no issue with Mayweather vs. McGregor and will surely watch it himself. This is a man who knows boxing and he knows exactly why it’s going to happen. “Floyd is in the business of knowing what people want to see and he gives them what they want to see,” Jones Jr. said.

“And they pay for it, because it’s what they want to see. So why would they not do that? It would be crazy not to do that.” ~ Roy Jones Jr.

Mayweather was not the first boxer to be interested in stepping into the ring with an MMA fighter. It’s not a particularly original idea. In fact, Jones Jr. had it first. He’s been wanting to face Anderson Silva, and has said so publicly, for the better part of a decade. Silva had a desire to do this, too, but it never worked out between the two parties and the UFC. Like McGregor, Silva is under UFC contract and wouldn’t be able to go off and box on his own without approval. McGregor is getting that to face Mayweather, though the UFC will be in on the revenue from the mega bout. “Being a fighter, I can’t hate on neither side, because I understood why they want to do it and I wanted to do the same thing,” Jones Jr. said. “Me and Anderson wanted to do the same thing a couple years ago.

Jones Jr., 48, is also a boxing analyst for HBO and he breaks down Mayweather vs. McGregor like this: McGregor might have a puncher’s chance, like anyone who steps into a fight, but he’s vastly outgunned by the 49-0 Mayweather. There’s no replacement for the kind of seasoning and polish Mayweather has, Jones Jr. said. McGregor has only amateur boxing matches under his belt.

I have also shared this sentiment. I am a Conor fan but there is no way he can beat Mayweather outside of getting a lucky punch in. Mayweather is known for his slick defense so getting a lucky punch in on him is even less likely than other boxers.

I think that Conor is smart to do it though.

It is my opinion that in MMA you should make as much money as possible in the shortest amount of time possible. There are other careers that pay handsomely and you don’t sacrifice your body or your dignity (when suffering a nasty highlight reel type loss). Again, more power to Conor and I hope he at least lands some good shots. I feel that it will be a hugely one-sided fight considering the seasoning Mayweather has and the advantage any boxer has over an MMA fighter. After all, Conor isn’t fighting a good pro boxer, he is fighting one of the best pro boxers in the rich history of the sport of boxing. No doubt about that, even from the Floyd haters. I want to see it and I’m sure millions of other people do as well.

Who is Your Favorite Fighter?

It certainly isn’t exclusive to MMA, but if you are a fan of a football team, like the Cowboys for example, you are less likely to drop them as your favorite team just because they lost, or even if they have a losing season. I guess in MMA it is a really easy thing to do, change your entire opinion of a fighter once they have lost a fight. In Mixed Martial Arts it is very clear that people on the bandwagon will quickly abandon you if you lose. People love to say “I told you so” when it comes to a fighter losing. Conor losing to Nate, Ronda losing to Holm. How quickly people will share meme when a great fighter suffers a loss.

I am a fan of McGregor so when he lost to Nate Diaz, it wasn’t much for me to see the probable reasons why. Nate is way better on the ground, he is physically bigger, he is way more experienced, and he is tough as can be. Conor fought him hard and was murdering him until the round of his demise. I certainly didn’t drop McGregor as one of my favorite fighters because he suffered a loss to Nate. I know that is part of the fight game. They say styles make fights and they are right. Just because fighter A can beat fighter B nine out of ten times and fighter C has beat fighter A, does not mean fighter C automatically beats fighter B. I don’t want to be confusing but you should get the point. The main thing about this blog is you should appreciate the skill and enjoy the show when rooting for your favorite fighter, don’t let your own ego get in the way just because you were in support of the “loser” in a bout.

Taking into consideration the Rousey vs. Holm fight, the fight had to be seen to be appreciated. Now, the aftermath is the most interesting thing about this fight. There were a lot of “quiet” Ronda haters out there. Well, it could be that these Ronda haters were actually fans that didn’t want to be wrong. You can know MMA news, Martial Arts styles, MMA training techniques, and anything about Martial Arts that you want to, but something that had been obvious before Ronda changed the game was that Judo was not in itself a great base for MMA. Ronda changed all of that. Here aggressive approach included big take-downs and the arm-bars heard around the world. Like I say about most fighters that are confident (borderline arrogant), I may not like them, but they are enjoyable to watch. If it means watching Cael Sonnen take a beating because of all of the things he called an opponent, or Conor McGregor predicting his own dominant victories, it draws curiosity from the fans. Whether you are paying to watch someone win or lose, you are still paying.

To draw the conclusion best suited for this blog, I would say that when a fighter loses, it is easy for our egos to say “I knew it.” But keep in mind that the loyalty you show to a fighter if you truly enjoy their style, should be the same that you show to any other sports team you support. You don’t stop liking the Los Angeles Dodgers because they lose an embarrassing game if you’re a true fan. I have personally always been a BJ Penn fan even though he didn’t end his career on many high notes. So to all of the “fair weather” fans, you were never a fan in the first place. I hope humble Holly reigns as the champion for a long time and I hope Ronda does whatever is necessary to regain the confidence of her true fans.

Trash Talk In MMA

In the spirit of sportsmanship, I want to say that I am not for trash talk. But some of the characters in the UFC have made it a science. Trash talk goes against the humble nature that is supposed to be instilled in martial artists, but MMA fighters are more athlete than martial artist in regards to fighting in professional shows. Yes, martial arts is the basis for their training when they begin but when they become professionals, they become part of what entertains us all. Professional sports is prevalent with trash talk in every sport. Roberto Duran was famous, after him was Mike Tyson… combat sports have always had their colorful monologues aimed at demoralizing an opponent.

The reason I bring this up isn’t to talk about one of my favorite fighters, Conor McGregor who in my opinion is one of the wittiest trash talkers in the fight game, but Yoel Romero. Not known for being the type of fighter who talks badly about his opponents is what makes this interesting as well. Although Yoel Romero hasn’t been known for his trash talk, but he’s upping his game for a fight with the current middleweight champion Michael Bisping later this year. The Cuban-born Olympic silver medalist in wrestling was confirmed as Bisping’s next opponent, but he’s currently waiting for the champion to heal from a minor knee surgery he recently had. In anticipation of their championship showdown, Romero really did go and make a GoFundMe page to help pay for the medical expenses that Bisping will incur as a result of their fight. I thought it was pretty funny.

Yoel is quoted as saying “This is Mike, he will be needing money to survive after me and him meet in the Octagon approximately May of 2017, he is happy in this picture after defending his title against another fighter and the devastation he went through has caused him to have surgery on his knee where all the visible damage was on his face.” This is from his gofundme page. “This surgery has prevented him from competing in a timely manner. After his fight with me, I am convinced he will need this money to rebuild his life, he has a family and I am deeply concerned for him. Please help any way that you can as all funds will be used for medical expenses and his retirement party. Thank you for your time and #ynuevo.”

Romero’s post is after Bisping started an attack where he put Yoel’s business out there for cheating after he tested positive for a banned substance last year. Ultimately, Romero was found to be a victim of a tainted supplement and USADA (United States Anti-Doping Agency) suspended him six months as opposed to a potential two-year sanction if he was found at fault. Either way, Bisping has been aiming at Romero’s drug testing history while the number one challenger is saying that the champ may never fight again after he’s done with him. I want to see this one. Bisping has found ways to beat big, fast, strong opponents in the past. He has proven his toughness and to sit at the top of any division in the UFC is an amazing feat in itself.

Mayweather Versus McGregor A Possibility in 2017

Mayweather made some pretty extraordinary claims about the color of his skin and compared it to the color of Conor’s. With the issue of race aside, several people chimed in and laid it all out there.

Let’s talk about why Mayweather singled out Conor first. He didn’t single him out because he is Irish, he chose Conor because Conor is notorious (which is also his fight nickname) for talking a lot of trash before he fights.

mayweather-mcgregor

Mayweather likens his own trash talking to Conor’s. That statement has problems in itself. There are two major hiccups in that comparison. One is that Mayweather is nowhere near the same level of clever that Conor is in his statements. Conor is quick-witted and talks trash like a great story teller about the weaknesses he sees in his opponents. Mayweather simply talks about how great he is and that he is a legend like we have never seen. The second is simple, Conor makes light of it and he does it in a funny way while he is being honest. Mayweather is not joking and trying to be funny whole he talks about how great he thinks he is.

The main point of argument is that Conor backs up his talk and makes predictions about his performance that are true.

He takes chances and goes for the finish every time.

He is a “hungry” fighter that truly believes he works hard to be the greatest. Mayweather does believe in himself as the greatest, however, he is not an enthusiastic fighter. He does not fight to finish, he fights to score points and not take damage. That is all well and good, but it is not entertainment and it is not what people want to pay tons of money to see.

Mayweather’s assertion that it is racially motivated is childish and pouty. He isn’t thinking about the real issue and I doubt his ego will ever change his mind. Oh well, at least we can count on MMA for entertainment. Mayweather has faded quickly and effectively as a man with a big mouth that nobody likes. That type of person has no race, just an annoying habit of being someone people love to hate.