Ok, so how many times have you heard “fight of the century” in this last decade alone? It’s true, the term gets thrown around and abused more than Flo from Progressive, but, hey, it’s all about marketing. This time, the statement that cried wolf might actually be on point.
Floyd “Money” Mayweather, the undefeated champ (49-0), and Conor McGregor the Irish MMA fighter (21-3), who gets a little loquacious before fights, are going toe-to-toe on August 26th @ 6 PM PT.
It’s a unique fight because you have two guys that are probably the best p4p (pound for pound) guys in their league going against each other not to mention Mayweather coming out of retirement from a perfect record. At first glance, it seems like the strangest fight put together in the century. But, it’s not the only one of its kind.
Muhammad Ali, a professional American boxer, went against Antonio Inoki, a Japanese wrestler, was so unorthodox that it had to be fought under special rules, which have somewhat shaped what MMA is today, and was speculated to have been a publicity stunt because of how bizarre the matchup seemed. The fight ended in a skeptical draw and was poorly received because of both athletes bad performances, but the hype before it was huge.
This is a little different, though. The two will be boxing and not fighting under unprecedented rules, which leaves McGregor in a questionable disadvantage. Not many people can believe that he took the fight, ruling him as an underdog off the bat, but that has Mayweather a little cautious.
“Hearing all this stuff about how (I) can’t lose and (McGregor) is a huge underdog is not good for your head if you think about it too much,” Mayweather said in USA TODAY article published on August 15th, 2017.
It raises questions as to why one of the richest retired athletes in the world would even consider risking his perfect record.
Even if McGregor is not favored to win, what does he really have to lose? I mean, after all the trash talking he did in their world tour, maybe a little bit of pride, but Mayweather has a lot more on the line. He’s considered to possibly be the best boxer of all time and if someone outside of the sport comes in and wrecks him, then that becomes a more dubious statement.
Either way, it should prove to be good. McGregor might play a little dirty at first to mess with Mayweather, but Mayweather has been known for some cheap shots, so I doubt we’re going to see a clean fight. McGregor’s height is also another advantage that he’s going to exploit, but Mayweather’s strength is lethal, and he doesn’t even rely on that to win. His coolness and ability to control his opponent’s pace is what makes him the likely winner over McGregor. They’re both quick, and there will be some heavier blows than the Mayweather vs. Pacquiao fight.
It’s just too soon to call the fight. Neither one of these fighters can be underestimated, and they both already know that.
If you’re in Miami and don’t want to pay to watch the fight, there are a few places that will be showing it. The only catch is that you have to get in there way before it starts, otherwise, good luck.
Dave & Busters: Usually has a cover fee, but there are plenty of places that you can sit, but once the fight starts, don’t expect for any fast service.
Irish Times: If you’re going for McGregor, this is the place you want to be at. They’re not going to a projector or anything, but the TVs should be enough and the crowd will be good to hang with.