It. Is. On. After what felt like years of talking, Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor are finally going to fight each other. Officially.
And it’ll take place in Las Vegas on August 26th. Here are the details: 12 rounds, boxing, at 154 pounds, with 10-ounce gloves. But here’s the detail that really matters: Half a billion dollars. Maybe more. With each guy reportedly expected to take home $100 million each.
There’s your bottom line. On one hand, I could argue that I never thought it would happen. Floyd was retired. And Conor had never boxed. Therefore, it will never happen. Then again, given how much money was on the table, it couldn’t not happen. And here we are. Here the bleep we are!
And if you want to know how the promotion is going to go, all you had to do was check Conor’s twitter within moments of the announcement. He tweeted: THE FIGHT IS ON with a photo of himself and one of Floyd Mayweather. Not Floyd Mayweather Junior, Floyd Mayweather Senior, the 64-year old trainer who hasn’t fought in nearly 30 years. As in, I got this, because Mayweather is old as hell.
That’s a 10-8 round for Conor. And proof that the promotion for this event will be awesome. The press conferences, the interviews, the tweets will all be electric. Better than the fight. Hell, Conor’s first tweet will be better than the fight. This fight will be great until they actually step into the ring.
Because as much as I like and respect Conor, I just don’t see how he wins this fight. Yes, Floyd is 40 years old, 12 years older than Conor. But does Floyd look like a guy who’s let himself go? Does that look like a guy who’s out of shape? Ever?
Sure, Floyd hasn’t stepped in a boxing ring in a year and a half, but Conor hasn’t stepped into a boxing ring ever. Floyd’s 49-0, Conor is 0-0. Floyd has beaten the likes of Oscar De La Hoya, Manny Pacquiao, Juan Manuel Marquez, Shane Mosley, Canelo Alvarez, and more. Conor’s next punch in a boxing match will be his first.
Floyd is one of the greatest boxers of all time. Crazy fast hands, incredibly footwork, and remarkable defense. He’s been boxing since he was a kid. He’s stepped in against the best fighters of his era, and not only have they not beaten him, they’ve barely touched him. And now an MMA guy, who just started boxing, is going to succeed where every other boxer failed? C’mon!
Floyd’s already the heavy betting favorite and he should be. He has to be. He has to win this fight. Not just for himself, but for the entire sport of boxing. Losing to Conor would be such a terrible look for Floyd. And for the whole sport. Can you imagine what it would look like if guys like Manny and Canelo couldn’t lay a glove on Floyd, but Conor rolls in and beats him in his first boxing match ever? That would be brutal. And the sport of boxing, boxing fans, and Floyd would never hear the end of it. Because Conor wouldn’t let them.
So why’s Conor taking a fight that he doesn’t have a chance to win? He’s got 100 million reasons to take that fight. He’s already won.