You have been warned. Save your money. The Conor McGregor vs. Floyd Mayweather fight is a sham. Why buy a ticket when you watch the best part of this circus for free because once the press conferences end, do does the fun.
The hype for McGregor vs. Mayweather has always surprised me. What is the interest in seeing anyone with no experience in a particular sport compete against arguably the best athlete of this genre in the last 20 years? You could see the same level of competition on any one of those Pros vs. Joes reality television shows and yet those shows never do blowout ratings. So why this and why now?
The idea of promoting a sham right is nothing new for the UFC. It wasn’t that long ago that the company promoted a former pro-wrestler with no amateur experience as a potential ground breaker. The only thing that wound up breaking was CM Punk’s face once he hit the ground. We’ve also seen it in the past with fights like James Toney vs. Randy Couture, Royce Gracie vs. Matt Hughes and their attempt at booking Gina Carano vs. Ronda Rousey. Dana White will be the first one to tell you about how slimy Bob Arum is yet all you have to do is take a look back at some of the most hyped fights in UFC history to see plenty of lines being blurred.
The irony here is that I have read a lot about how much “fun” the press conferences are going to be and yet nobody with an objective mind thinks the fight will be anything more than a one-sided drubbing. Conor was fun two years ago but it’s the same act in every press conference. You won’t hear anything different said about Floyd than he’s already said. And that’s if he even shows up for the press conference!
Quite frankly I question how this fight can even be licensed. Sure McGregor is an MMA champion but he has zero professional boxing experience. Not one professional fight! It’s not quite the same as CM Punk vs. Mickey Gall but it’s pretty darned close. Giving this guy a license, like giving it to Punk, is like giving this guy a license to risk getting killed. If the NSAC can’t protect this guy from himself, what is the point of licensing fights?
As for McGregor’s boxing skills, he is certainly one of the best strikers in the UFC. But this is a guy that has also been outboxed by Nate Diaz in a fight which saw Diaz fought with less than two weeks of training! Diaz is arguably the best boxer McGregor has faced in the UFC. McGregor got tired in both fights and was unable to put Diaz away in either, despite being in position several times in each fight to do so.
With all due respect to Nate Diaz, he is no Floyd Mayweather, not even close. This is a fight that is going to get ugly fast. It’s going to be one-sided and incredibly dull by about the third round. Barring a lucky shot, McGregor will likely tire out by the third round and morph into an immobile punching bag by the fifth. Nothing I have seen from McGregor makes me think different.
Now if there is anything McGregor has going for him here is that Mayweather is 40-years old and will likely be a bit slower than in recent years. It happens at 40. Mayweather has also not had a knock out in six years. That said, he is coming off wins over Andre Berto, Manny Pacquiao, and Marcos Maidana. It isn’t as if Mayweather has been fighting tomato cans. Mayweather will not have fought for 23 months going into this fight which for the record, is the longest he has gone between fights in his professional career.
So essentially if you are either a McGregor fan or just a fan that wants a good fight you are banking an MMA fighter with zero pro boxing fights (who was out-boxed by a UFC fighter with little pre-fight training) to come in and remain competitive or defeat arguably the best boxer of the last 30 years. You are banking on a man who has a professional boxing career of 49-0 with 26 knockouts who is suddenly too slow and out of shape at age 40 to remain competitive with an amateur.
Good luck with that.