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Sunday, August 27, 2017

The Mayweather - McGregor fight

Despite expectations, McGregor didn't embarrass himself, in fact gave a good accounting of himself considering it was his first professional boxing match. And Mayweather fought a smart fight, playing defense in the early rounds and letting McGregor tire himself out, then came on strong in the later rounds.

There was always something a little ridiculous about a long time boxing champion fighting an MMA guy in a boxing match. There's no doubt McGregor would beat Mayweather in a real fight, and there was little doubt Mayweather would prevail in a boxing match.

McGregor always had a puncher's chance, though. And that chance increased because he was 10 or 15 pounds heavier than Mayweather when they entered the ring, and 12 years younger. Still, it was Mayweather's sport.

Maybe next we can showcase Lebron James and Michael Phelps in a 200 meter butterfly to find out who the better athlete is.

From what I saw, the rooting pretty much fell along racial lines. And in keeping with the times, it was fairly nakedly so. Blacks have always rooted volubly for their own; whites, other than celebs speaking publicly, are now starting to do the same.

It wasn't as if anyone could use the excuse that he was rooting for his guy because the other guy was so loud, cocky, vulgar, and arrogant.

Both men were pretty much the definition of that.

But their cockiness drummed up more interest in the fight than it deserved. (People always want to see a braggart get his comeuppance.) And, for that reason, it was pretty obviously somewhat calculated.

Not that either guy had to step entirely out of character to act that way.

Both guys got what they wanted, a ton of money. Despite the $400 million or so that Mayweather has earned for his last two fights, though, it still wouldn't be surprising to see him with money problems in a few years.

Nothing quite says "future bankruptcy" like sixteen Rolls-Royces, two Ferraris, three Bugattis, a Lamborghini, a McLaren, and a huge entourage.

But, who knows, maybe the line of gyms Mayweather is starting will be a financial success.

McGregor, if he wasn't a household name before, is one now. He won't be able to get the same kind of money for his UFC fights. But he may not have to; he's about to start marketing Notorious Irish Whiskey.

The good news for the public is that despite the fact that this fight should have been a ridiculous mismatch, those who paid a hundred dollars to watch it on pay-per-view didn't end up feeling ripped off.

Update: For anyone who's interested, the fight is actually on Youtube at the moment (Sunday morning at 9:20AM, though it will undoubtedly be taken down shortly):


lowly said...

Floyd Mayweather says he can't pay off his 2015 tax liability until after he gets money from his Aug. 26 fight against Conor McGregor.

The boxer filed a Tax Court petition on July 5 that asks the IRS to allow him a reprieve until the fight.

"Although the taxpayer has substantial assets, those assets are restricted and primarily illiquid," the petition said, according to the legal website Law360. "The taxpayer has a significant liquidity event scheduled in about 60 days from which he intends to pay the balance of the 2015 tax liability due and outstanding."

John Craig said...

Hooter tooter --
Wow. I guess we can move that bankruptcy up a few years. Were his taxes not deducted from the paycheck he got for the Pacquiao fight? They really ought to start doing that.

I remember when Fifty Cent challenged Floyd Mayweather to read a page of a Harry Potter book, saying he would give a big check to the charity of Mayweather's choice if he could do so. then he downgraded that challenge to a page from The Cat in the Hat book:

Mark Caplan said...

Thanks for the link to the fight on YouTube!

Hilarious example of bureaucratize: "a significant liquidity event." For me, a significant liquidity event is when the bank posts my Social Security check.

I haven't watched many boxing matches since Muhammad Ali's glory days. I see that Mayweather used the same effective defensive technique as Ali of holding both gloves in front of his head with elbows guarding his ribs. It makes for a boring specticle.

John Craig said...

Mark --
Sure...Yes, that sounds like a euphemism, though it's in fact the opposite.

I haven't watched much boxing since the 80's myself, back when it was on free TV. And yes, Mayweather tends to be a boring fighter. This was actually his first KO since 2011. Ali himself was never boring, as he was the first to use his particular style. But he's sure spawned a host of imitators since. I was actually impressed with McGregor's fluidity and coordination.

I don't find Floyd "Money" Mayweather outside the ring; he's always entertaining, as almost a parody of a black athlete who's come into a lot of money.

Steven said...

Mcgregor's defensive game was better than I expected. I thought Floyd would hit him more easily. His head movement was effective even when he was nearly done. His boxing skills, (technique, timing, coordination) were pretty good early on too.

The problem is that he isn't that powerful or fast with boxing gloves on and quickly runs out of steam. He's got a real problem with stamina. From about the third round onwards, his punches had little on them and he got more and more tired until he had nothing left. He was stumbling around the ring from exhaustion, not from blows. Defeated by his own physiological inadequacies- I've never seen anyone who trains that much but fatigues that easily and badly. I also sense that when it gets tough, he doesn't really like getting hit and sort of stumbles back to escape instead of throwing down.

Floyd characteristically took the lowest risk route to victory. I'd like to have seen him take a bit more of a risk and go for the KO earlier on- that might have actually made it exciting.

All in all, it was an admirable go from Conor I suppose. Its just his pre fight uber confidence and trash talking that is a bit cringey in retrospect.

UFC rivals should take note of Floyd's strategy. If you can fight very conservatively and defensively and don't allow him success early on, its just a matter of time until he is puffing and out of his comfort zone.

Steven said...

...just watched the whole thing again on your link. Maybe Mayweather couldn't have finished him earlier. I think he was trying but Conor was awkward. Problem is by the middle rounds Conor's punches were weak AF and his technique got sloppy and he ended up beaten by exhaustion. Shame. He might have been a top boxer if he'd started about 15 or 20 years ago. He doesn't put his weight in his punches and he has no gas tank.

John Craig said...

Steven --
McGregor was quick at the outset though he slowed; and yes, leaning back seemed to work of him at first. I think McGregor has juiced a bit, which would explain his lack of endurance; even though he's not that big, he has a juicer's muscles.

Maybe the fight would have been more exciting for the fans if Mayweather had gone for it earlier, but he did what he was supposed to do, and it was a smart strategy, letting McGregor get tired before going in for the kill.

Agree, McGregor acquitted himself well, especially considering what a one-sided fight it was supposed to be. As far as the trash talking, when did you ever hear a fighter not ooze with confidence. And it was that trash talking that built up the gate.

Steven said...

That's an intriguing theory about the juicing. He did seem to beef up quickly for the first Nate fight. He naturally has very broad shoulders though and hard muscles. He does seem to have a somewhat unnatural or rare physique but maybe he's just at a natural extreme? I'd consider it very disappointing and dishonest if he has done.

John Craig said...

Steven --
I think a lot of UFC fighters juice, to be honest. Maybe not as much as in the old days, but still, a fair number.

Steven said...

I agree Conor has just made 100 million from trash talking skills but to be a novice in a sport and say with total confidence that you're definitely going to win against the best of his era..well, its as deluded as it seems. Did he really believe it do you think? I think maybe he did.

Steven said... me that's foolish and offensively hubristic. It did just make him mega rich though.

John Craig said...

Steven --
I think that some of it was just done to build up the gate, but I also think that just to be a fighter, you have to have tremendous confidence and really believe in yourself, otherwise you're just defeated from the beginning. Not having an incredibly positive mental attitude can be self-defeating, and McGregor is obviously a guy who believes in himself.

Not Dave said...

I was invited to watch the fight with some co-workers. Probably the last boxing match I've watched would be Sugar Ray Leonard in the 80's. I have no interest in boxing or even MMA. Not seeing commercials for this now that it's over is nice.

ESPN is ruining sports now that they're injecting social justice liberal politics into everything thanks to their Disney ownership. I've stopped watching NFL and am quickly giving up on college football also. Motorcycle racing (World Superbike, Isle of Man) and MLB is about all I follow anymore and even baseball is waning. Sports have lost the fun, they're all doping and turning to political statements. No one can just play anymore.

John Craig said...

Not Dave --
I'm still a little bit of an MMA fan, and a big swimming fan, but you're right, doping taints everything, and the infusion of political statements into sport makes it less appealing.

The Olympic movement always took the stance that it was above politics, or at least separate from it, but in the US we've totally lost sight of that. The disease of political correctness has now infected everything.