Let’s face it, anyone that is in to the world of fighting sports is waiting for August 26th 2017 to come around pretty damn quickly. Why is that?
Mayweather v McGregor baby – that’s why!
In recent times we may have only just witnessed a classic in the Queensbury Boxing arena with a heavyweight clash between Anthony Joshua and Wladamir Klitschko, but the fight between Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor looks set to be an absolute classic from the pre-side of the fight at least.
Looking ahead to the fight there are many factors to take into account from both sides. Starting from the very fact that Boxing vs MMA has never yet happened in a professional enviromnment. This alone, is somewhat of an awesome factor. Mayweather from the boxing legacy stands undefeated in 49 fights, with 49 wins, at 40 years of age. McGregor on the other hand has faced defeat, and is only 28 years of age, where at this point in his career Mayweather was still on Oscar De la Hoya’s undercard.
On a recent episode of Showtime’s “All Access: Mayweather vs McGregor”, Floyd said the following:
“I mean, am I the highest-paid athlete out there? And just coming back? We not talking about no contract. We not talking about no contract for no 4 years, or no contract for no 5 years. I can do it in 36 minutes. $300 (million) or better. In 36 minutes.”
Boxing is an art form and sport that we’re all familiar with and have a deep respect for. Even Bruce Lee had a good understanding of Western Boxing and even sought lessons from the great Mohammed Ali, the greatest boxer of all time. Yet ever since its inception, Mixed Martial Arts has carried a different factor that really pacts a gladiator-esque punch. Yet given the amount of MMA fighters out there, and even taking into account how great a fighter McGregor is, is he the right fighter to take on a boxer who is a legend in his own right?
Many seasoned professionals will undoubtedly look at it this way:
Boxing rules v MMA – Lion vs Shark, on land
MMA rules v Boxing rules – Shark vs Lion, in water
This will be the very first time that Conor McGregor has fought under professional Queensbury Boxing rules, and under intense scrutiny that puts even the entire sport of MMA in the spotlight. He will be adhering to the entire boxing regulation to fight not a seemingly undervalued boxer, but the best in his class.
The trash talk leading up to the fight has been the same as any other over hyped fight – tedious at best. Yet should McGregor take Mayweather to at least six rounds, should there be the possibility of a rematch but under MMA rules? Many would no doubt argue no, but should the brave dare to venture and prove to be the greatest of all time, would they disagree?