On March 8, 1971 the late greats Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier duke it out in the “Fight of the Century” for the Heavyweight title and for fifteen brutally entertaining rounds the world stopped to watch a master class in the “Sweet Science”. In August of this year we may get this century’s answer to that when Floyd “Money” Mayweather Jr. clashes against current Ultimate Fighting Championship’s boisterous megastar Conor McGregor. However, when you read that possibility I want you to read it in a tone that conveys the confidence I would have if I were fighting any of the four men I have already mentioned in this article assuming the first two were alive (hint: I am 5’5″ and I weigh maybe 120 pounds and I have zero formal fight training). Aside from the checks of the two athletes involved, which are expected to be over 100 million each, everything else in this production seems to point to a dull event. The reasons for this opine are pretty simple and has been conveyed by every smart alek on the internet who has written about it, and the Las Vegas bookmakers.

The second reason will be addressed first and that is that despite the training McGregor is putting himself through, the fact remains UFC, MMA, and other combat sports are totally different from boxing other than the objective of literally beating your opponent into submission. Mayweather, despite his advanced age of forty compared to McGregor’s sprightly twenty-eight is a career boxer and despite my disdain for the man on a personal level due to his domestic violence arrests I will concede that he has forgotten more about boxing than I will ever learn in a lifetime. This reflection is well supported by Vegas odds which put Mayweather as the heavy favorite. The other reason is that despite Mayweather and McGregor’s outsized personalities, since Mayweather is expected to set the tone it is worth highlighting that Floyd is known for a style of boxing that is to be frank, an eyesore, preferring to run circles around his opponents than excite the fans. While that has been remarkably successful in terms of his win/loss record, the thing I remember the most about his last fight was that I nearly fell asleep watching him put Manny Pacquiao in 10,000 clinches. Will I still tune in? Probably because I do love the sound of trash talking in McGregor’s accent. Maybe I will get a legendary battle and this article will look foolish in two months time, but I won’t hold my breath.

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