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Mayweather takes on McGregor in Fight for the Ages

Chris DiGeronimo, Sports Editor

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On May 2, 2015 boxing fans everywhere payed $100 to witness what was billed as “Floyd Mayweather Vs. Manny Pacquiao: The Fight of the Century.” This fight featured two of the greatest fighters of the generation, and the hype was phenomenal.

The media could not get enough, boxing experts analyzed every single detail, and ESPN stopped their 24/7 Lebron James coverage just to get a piece of the action. During this media whirlwind, there was one minor flaw that everyone forgot about, both fighters were past their primes.

Back in 2009, when this fight was first proposed both Mayweather and Pacquiao were dominating the boxing world winning titles left and right, and the only fight they needed was against each other. As time went on contract negotiations broke down, allegations starting swirling, and when money was brought into the equation greed was always at the end of the equal sign.

In the meantime, both fighters fought meaningless fights for the next six years and it began to take a toll. When this fight was finally announced it broke all kinds of pay-per-view records across the world and people were ready to see Ali versus Frazier reincarnated. What fans got was a lot of running, not a lot of punching, and it ended up being one of the biggest flops in sports history after months of making it out to be the greatest sporting event of all time.

Mayweather ended up winning by unanimous decision and walked off into the sunset at 49-0. Pacquiao on the other hand is still fighting, but he is a shell of his former self – it’s all good because he is still counting his money from the Mayweather fight. Mayweather said this was going to be his last fight, but a worthy opponent could bring him off the rocking chair.

Let’s all face it Connor McGregor is not a boxer, he is a UFC champion and one of the most prominent superstars in all of MMA.

You may think “why would he want to face an undefeated boxer on his own turf?”

The simple answer to that is printed in green ink with Benjamin Franklin’s face on it. McGregor is estimated to make more money in one night then he has made in his entire UFC career and he doesn’t even have to win.

Unlike the hype surrounding Mayweather vs. Pacquiao, which featured two boxers, this fight will feature a boxer and someone that has used submission holds to fight his whole career. Some critics have said that this fight diminishes the sport of boxing while others have praised it. Some say McGregor has no chance and some say he has a legitimate shot.

Critics and fans everywhere have even toyed with the idea of not even wasting their money on the fight. If you are just a random guy or girl in New York City talking to your friends about how you are not going to waste your time watching the fight, you are already a victim.

It is all a game, and you are the one being played. This fight has never been about boxing, it is a spectacle that is set up to lure you in. This spectacle is set up to take your money and run with it, it is all a gamble and you could either win the million or come up with nothing.

Common sense tells you that Mayweather never live up to the hype. Any sports fan knows a MMA fighter could never knock out an undefeated boxer in his first professional fight. Common knowledge tells you that Mayweather is the greatest defensive fighter of all time, and no matter how hard McGregor tries he could never land the punch he needs to win. All that knowledge goes out the window when you get caught up in the fights marketing campaign.

Do you think it was a coincidence that the video of McGregor knocking out his sparring partner was leaked by UFC President Dana White? Do you think it is a coincidence that Mayweather went out and said, “I owe it to the people after the Pacquiao fight?” Who do you believe has the advantage with the eight- ounce gloves.

All these antics are no accident they are strategically placed at specific moments to gauge the interest of the American people and make them think. Even before all this happened they even went on a propaganda hype tour to four major cities around the world calling each other names and trying to hurt one another’s feelings. The tour was filled with yo momma jokes and juvenile schoolyard banter, but it sold out the Barclay’s center, Staples Center, Sony Centre in Toronto, and SSE Arena in London.

In this fight McGregor might not be Mayweather’s ideal opponent but they are a match made in heaven. McGregor might be the only one in the boxing universe that has a bigger mouth than Mayweather, and he might be the only athlete in the world that could match his hunger for money.

McGregor also might be the only opponent in the boxing universe that could live up to the hype that Mayweather wants to bring. Mayweather might not be able to read, but he sure knows a thing or two about game theory. He is playing with the “fear of missing out” syndrome that every human has to deal with.

There are a lot of events that could unfold throughout the night. What if Mayweather gets knocked out or vice versa and you felt you were smart enough not to buy it, how are you going to explain that to your friends. Why would you limit yourself to watching the YouTube highlights when you could watch it live in your living room.

This is what is going on in our heads and sponsors and big executives are making money off of it.    

You could say what you want about the fight, you could boycott the fight, you could call it a disgrace, a circus, a disaster but your opinion doesn’t matter. We all know at least one person that is going to be watching, and you are going to be there sitting on a couch on August 26 giving that person your share of the $100 pay-per-view fee.

For all we know, Mayweather and McGregor could just stand there in the ring and yell at each other or it could be an all- out dogfight.

Sports fans everywhere have no clue what’s going to happen that fateful Saturday night, and we are going to love every second of it.                                                      

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