Mayweather/McGregor – Force or Farce?

Posted: August 26, 2017 by cschrump in Uncategorized

by Chad Schrump

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When Conor McGregor swarmed then current UFC Lightweight Champion Eddie Alvarez and knocked him to the canvas the first of 4 times on his way to winning their historic championship fight at UFC 205, Alvarez was asked simply, “Did McGregor’s power surprise you?” Eddie said, “I don’t even remember.  I just remember being on the floor and was like, ‘Wow, that was quick, whatever it was.’  I don’t think I was crazy hurt but that was fast.”

That’s called foreshadowing, my friends. Stay with me, here…

We made it!

After months of waiting for the circus to arrive in Las Vegas – it’s finally here! Floyd “Money” Mayweather will box Ireland’s Conor “The Notorious” McGregor, tonight, in what is being billed as “The Money Fight” on Showtime pay-per-view.  This is lining up to be potentially the most watched sporting event ever.  Ever? Ever!

After a worldwide promotional tour that took the two megastars through North America and Europe, multiple press conferences leading up to the fight, the weigh-in and facing off of the fighters, now – all the talk quietly fades away and as is always the case in combat sports; fists, human will to win and athleticism will finish telling this tale.

Okay, back to the first paragraph of this column…

“I don’t even remember. I just remember being on the floor and was like, ‘Wow, that was quick, whatever it was.’… that was fast.” —Eddie Alvarez, Nov. 12, 2016.

That’s a really important quote from Alvarez and one that seems Mayweather, nor his camp, nor boxing aficionados are paying particular attention to. Remember what Alvarez said to himself while he was sitting on the UFC canvas, looking up at Conor McGregor, trying to get his wits about him before being knocked unconscious?  “Wow, that was quick, whatever it was.”

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Man, read that again, “Whatever it was.” Wow.  Alvarez, a championship level fighter, didn’t even know what had dropped him to the mat, but knew it hurt and it was fast.

I only remind you of this because the boxing crowd would have you believe that this is not a valid contest and continues to call this fight a farce of the highest order. Yet those boxing folks needs to realize, Conor McGregor is a two-division UFC Champion, not because he talks more shit than anyone you’ve ever, and I mean ever heard of, but because he hits you at weird angles, has power to spare and from Eddie Alvarez’s own mouth, serious speed.

I’m trying to show you that McGregor has speed. Eddie Alvarez is a believer but I’m no dummy – comparing Alvarez and Mayweather’s defensive ability isn’t fair.  There’s no doubt that Money Mayweather is one of the greatest defensive boxers of all-time.  His shoulder roll is legendary.  His hand speed is phenomenal.  He has never lost a prize fight.  He’s 49-0.  That’s just ridiculous.  However, I can’t wait to see the angles that Conor throws his left hooks at Floyd to see how he responds.  There’s just a lot to look forward to.

The boxing crowd is praying, believe me, praying that Floyd Mayweather wins this fight or an already failing fight game will take a staggering blow to its earnings potential.  When boxing is “right”, no other game has the ability to earn serious money on one calendar day like the sweet science.  When boxing is struggling, it takes an undefeated fighter to come out of retirement to face off with MMA’s most marketable star of all-time to pull off a mega event.

It is being reported that Conor McGregor will make $100 Million for this fight. Floyd Mayweather?  $250M. By the way, that looks like this:  $250,000,000.00 – not bad for a maximum of 36 minutes of hard work.

The days of Mike Tyson, Sugar Ray Leonard and Tommy Hearns are long, long gone. Besides Mayweather/Pacquiao, when is the last time you gave any second thought to a boxing match?  Seriously, think about it.  When was it?  Was it Riddick Bowe squaring off with Evander Holyfield and their epic battles?  Did you like to watch Roy Jones, Jr.?  How about Oscar De La Hoya?  Whatever the case, it’s been a long, long time.  As a former fan of the sport, that’s sad.

With all that being said, Floyd Mayweather is one of the greatest fighters in history.  I will be surprised if McGregor can pull off the upset.  If Conor is going to do it, it must be in the first 4 to 5 rounds.  If it goes much longer, Money May will probably jab his face to death.

Both fighters have consistently claimed that they’re going all out, being very aggressive and promise that there will be no decision.  If that’s true, this could be really exciting.  We need a fight that delivers.  It’s been a long time.

The circus is finally back in town tonight, friends.

Let’s just hope it’s not a clown show.

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