Billed as the money fight, it’s finally happening on the 26th of August, 2017. Two months before who would have thought that the “Mystic Mac” or popularly known as Conor McGregor would be boxing against the retired veteran Floyd Mayweather, who retired with an astonishing career stats of 49-0 after defeating Andre Berto.
But, what made Mayweather, who is billed as the greatest pound for pound boxer in the world, to come out of retirement and face one of the most notorious and the best trash talker in the world, Conor McGregor, who is known for his predictions and pre-match antics and he also backs it up?
It all started in July, 2015, when late-night host Conan O’ Brian asked McGregor if he would ever be tempted to switch sports, to which McGregor playfully replied:-
“If you’re asking would I like to fight Floyd Mayweather, I mean, who would not like to dance around the ring for $180m? I would certainly box him if the opportunity arose,” he smiled. “Most certainly.”
But even then it seemed like a distant dream that Mayweather would come out of retirement and fight with a guy, who has no pro as well as amateur experience in boxing left alone he didn’t even have a boxing license then.
But with the course of time it all changed, as someone truly said “time changes everything”, but in this case, it was not time it was “money,” which changed everything with both men expected to encash around $100 million from the fight. Mayweather gave the idea a second thought after which started a series of negotiations between the teams of Mcgregor and Mayweather, with even Dana White being a part of the negotiations on behalf of Mcgregor.
The online rumor mill was flooded with the news of the fight never going on live and the entire thought was thought of as being a publicity stunt. However, things changed early May, when Mayweather expressed that there might be 90% chance that the fight may actually take place and Wednesday evening it was announced that the mega-fight, the biggest crossover, will take place on 26th August 2017 at the MGM GRAND in Las Vegas, though it might be shifted to the T-Mobile Arena, but the very confirmation that this fight will be taking place is enough to make most of the MMA & Boxing fans drool.
But the question now was whether Conor McGregor has what it takes to take on the undefeated best pound for pound boxer.
Well, his professional MMA career is a proof of that with 21 wins in the octagon and out of which 18 coming out of TKO and the astonishing 13 second knockout of then-featherweight champion Jose Aldo at UFC 194 and with this, his left which probably possesses the impact of a welterweight, this mighty southpaw from Ireland seems an equivalent match for Mayweather on paper.
With all being said, McGregor has been a Mixed Martial Artist all his life. He has never been in a boxing ring before, not even at an amateur level let alone the professional level, and Mayweather has been there 49 times and he has proven himself to be the best each time.
But, Mayweather has a history of predicting matches and backing it up almost every time He has the mindset of the great Muhammad Ali, that’s his biggest strength and probably the differentiator, and something which Mayweather must be worried about.
With all said and done this is the real Money Fight with each fighter getting around $100 million each, with PPV’s costing around $100 and the income from live gates, merchandise sales expected to be around double that of the Mayweather-Pacquiao fight. This fight is going to be the biggest crossover of fighting styles of the century, and one must be lucky to be able to be a part of it.
And if I have to predict who will win this fight I would have to say – I just want to enjoy this magnum opus, but I am always in the corner of the “Mystic Mac.”
By: Anurag Manik, an entertainer at heart, a part-time writer by profession.
Edits: Ankita Vashishtha, A Lawyer by Day & Batman for Grammarville Citizens by Night.