The boxing world is alight at the moment with talk about the recently announced ‘super fight’ between Mayweather and McGregor.
McGregor vs Mayweather, where to begin?
Right or wrong this fight has and will overshadow genuinely legitimate fights within the near future and has many fans divided as to it’s merit.
The general consensus being that it has been made for one reason and one reason only – to benefit the already deep pockets of a select few and does nothing to further enhance the image of boxing.
No doubt about it, the big top will be full when this circus rolls in to town and records will be broken – but at what overall cost to Mr. Mayweather’s long term legacy and boxing’s credibility?
So in the interests of balance and looking to the opposite ends of the spectrum, we asked two ‘hardcore’ boxing fans to describe why this match up is or isn’t a good idea.
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Melissa Massey, USA.
In our lifetime we don’t see fantasy match ups, we don’t always see the best vs the best so to me, Conor McGregor vs Floyd Mayweather Jr make a fans fantasy match up become a reality.
Conor has amateur boxing experience. He is a professional MMA fighter, but most importantly he is a natural winner.
Floyd Mayweather is considered in many’s eyes the best to ever lace up a pair of gloves.
Floyd has beaten 24 world champions and is the longest reining champion in boxing history. So these two winners with their egos and personalities are a must see event.
Winner vs winner. That’s what makes this fight a must see event in my opinion.
Mark Gannon, Ireland.
Since the announcement of this ‘event’ the social media platforms have become a battleground between the hardcore boxing fans who are keenly aware of the non competitive nature of this match up.
Some are also annoyed at the cynical manoeuvre of placing the bout three weeks before boxing’s genuine mega fight between Mexican superstar Canelo Alvarez and the unified undefeated middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin.
Thus stealing the media attention away in the lead up to the bout and also in the days and weeks after when the casual fans realise that they were dragged down, another Alice in Wonderland fantasy where they were fed a narrative mostly by Floyd’s cult like followers on social media.
This is no slight on McGregor, as Floyd has about as much chance in the Octagon as Conor has in a boxing ring.
Close to zero.
Anybody that has a genuine knowledge of these matters understands the intricacies and subtleties that are needed to compete at the highest level of the respective sports.
Therefore to suggest that Conor in his debut in boxing bout could compete in any manner with a man who is considered the finest boxer of his generation is no less ridiculous than suggesting that Tiger Woods could compete on a soccer field against Christiano Ronaldo.
(One of the most hyped combat sports fights in history – hat tip Fight Promo YouTube:)