Conor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather are set to throw down August 26 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. Experts and casual fans alike are already writing this off as an easy victory for Floyd, but what if Conor actually pulls off a miraculous victory?
First of all, this would signal the actual death of boxing. Let’s be honest – it doesn’t have much of a pulse right now anyway. Canelo Alvarez and GGG are fighting in September and it seems like nobody cares! People are more interested in watching a boxer who’s never actually boxed square off against a 40-year-old who’s main strength is running away from his opponents. Ok, I admit that’s a somewhat blasphemous thing to say about the 49-0 Floyd Mayweather, but it’s also the truth. A Mayweather loss on August 26 would deal his legacy and the sport of boxing a blow of which it will never recover.
“If Conor McGregor can get out of the first round against Floyd, boxing is not a real sport.”
While a McGregor victory would be the end of boxing, it would most likely launch the UFC into a stratosphere that even Dana White had never thought possible. It would also make WME-IMG’s $4 billion purchase of the company look a whole better. Conor McGregor is the second UFC fighter to truly transcend the sport of MMA, the first being Ronda Rousey, but we all know how that ended. If he’s able to pull this off his name will be mentioned with the all-time greats of combat sports.
McGregor and the UFC are set to make hundreds of millions from this fight, but what happens when it’s over?
Ever since the fight was announced, critics have been saying that win or lose this will mark the end of McGregor’s UFC career. I find that thought laughable. Conor McGregor is in the fight business. He’s also in the money making business. He knows that win or lose his value to the UFC will be astronomically higher than it ever has been. Conor is only 28. I don’t think he plans on fighting until his late 30s, but he’s not going to quit in the prime of his career and throw away millions in the process. However, I will say that he’s about as unpredictable as a person can be. He’s been three steps ahead ever since he started this game, so we’ll just have to wait and see what happens after the fight.
So how does McGregor actually pull this off?
The short answer is that he doesn’t, but that’s no fun. I am of the opinion that there’s a 0% chance Conor can win a decision. There’s no way he outpoints one of the best point boxers in the history of the sport. There’s also no way that a panel of boxing judges gives a UFC fighter a decision nod. One advantage he will have is that Floyd has no boxing tape to watch. Nobody will know what McGregor the boxer will look like until he actually goes out and competes. He’s also probably going to be the most unorthodox fighter Mayweather has ever seen. If he can get in Floyd’s head, (which he’s great at), he might have a shot. Conor needs to do whatever he can to make Floyd uncomfortable. I honestly wouldn’t be surprised to see him feint a kick or two.
Don’t even bother with all the talk that will surround this fight. Boxing fans all around the world are already calling this a money grab and a farce. They may be right, but it’s going to be entertaining as hell. I can’t tell you who’s going to win, but I can tell you I’ve seen a certain Irishmen do the unthinkable before. One punch can change a legacy, and that’s why you’re going to tune in on August 26.