Floyd “Money” Mayweather Jr. did it again. He got over on us. He played us the same way he toyed with Conor McGregor in their super-hyped mega-fight. Mayweather is laughing all the way to the bank with his guaranteed $100 million cut from the fight. Meanwhile, there are a lot of people who are probably steamed at forking over $100 bucks to watch that charade we just witnessed.
That’s because that is exactly what the Mayweather-McGregor boxing match turned out to be. It was a complete joke. Shame on me for even taking time out of my life to be bothered with this nonsense. Let’s see if I can put this in proper perspective: An MMA fighter making his boxing debut going up against a soon-to-be retired Hall of Fame boxing great.
While we’re at it, let’s throw out the race card (Mayweather is black; McGregor is white) to add more intrigue and controversy (Dance for me, boy! McGregor told Mayweather in a pre-fight press conference). This fight was nothing more than a dog-and-pony show from the beginning. At age 40, holding a 49-0 record before his tangle with McGregor, and given the fact that he had not fought in two years, Mayweather held all the cards.
So to go out in a blaze of unheralded glory, not to mention another mega-payday, Mayweather didn’t bolster his legendary status with his fight against McGregor. He cheapened it. Fighting McGregor was a gimme fight for Mayweather. It doesn’t matter if the fight was over in the first round or the 10th round. This was not a boxing match of historic proportions.
As great a boxer that Mayweather has been (one of the all-time greats), you don’t get any brownie points for fighting a guy who have never fought boxing-style before. This fight was all about Mayweather hitting the decorated 50-0 mark with the least possible resistance to that goal. Mayweather got what he wanted.
McGregor had a no and none chance to win this fight. McGregor’s performance in the ring against Mayweather looked worst than any amateur hour showcase that I’ve ever seen. From all those whiffs he was throwing, to the grabbing, holding and his hitting his opponent in the back-of-the-head tactic, McGregor was shamelessly out of place against Mayweather.
He had no business being there unless he could scoop up a $30 million plus payout while playing the pawn role for less than an hour worth of work. For some reason, the general public bought this white guy hero-to-the-rescue versus the demonic black guy narrative-hook, line and sinker.
By the time the end came in the 10th round, it was clear that McGregor was nothing more than a well-paid foil than a true fight adversary. Take away the two-year rust, shake down a 40-year boxer at the end of his career, McGregor would have gotten his rear end kicked thoroughly by a younger and hungrier boxer, especially for an individual who have never boxed for.
The performance between these two men made the sport of boxing look like pro wrestling. Where does boxing go from here? Does McGregor’s showing allow other clowns to come out of the woodwork and have the confidence to walk into the ring and show their stuff against any boxer? There’s a reason why McGregor is an MMA fighter. There’s a reason why Mayweather leaves boxing on par with heavyweight champion Rocky Marciano.
The UFC champion brought his skills to match up against the ring savvy of Mayweather. It really wasn’t that close. For the first couple of rounds against McGregor, Mayweather looked slow. Two years after his last fight, Mayweather looked like he didn’t belong in the same ring with McGregor.
He plodded along in the ring for the first four rounds like a cumbersome, old boxer way past his prime. McGregor, full of himself, drank a little bit much of the Kool-Aid offered in front of him. This was a tease, even though Mayweather was tasting the boundaries of his boxing immorality with a dangerous cat-and-mouse game.
Mayweather finally got it together to score a 10th round TKO of McGregor to push his undefeated mark to 50 and zip. Shortly after the fight, Mayweather announced he was retiring from the sport. It’s a good way to go out on top. But Mayweather knew he had flirted with danger, and maybe he should have not tangled with McGregor in the first place.
The reviews are steadily pouring in about the fight. Most are praising Mayweather for teaching McGregor a master boxing lesson with his bait-and-switch tactic as he allowed the Irishman to flail his arms into swinging logs collecting nothing but Las Vegas air for most of the fight.
Turning up the heat in the eight and ninth rounds before going into full assault mode in the 10th, it was Mayweather who was making McGregor dance, not the other way around. From an entertainment perspective, the Mayweather-McGregor fight was mediocre in value. From the boxing and sports lens, the match was nothing more than sham. And we fell for it. Again.