Welcome to the most wonderful time of the year. I’m kidding, it’s the dead zone. The all-star break is boring us in baseball. The NBA free agency wire has stopped glowing hot orange. We’re just trying to survive until baseball is back and Browns players start hitting themselves in hopes that they’ll be ready to emulate a real football team by the fall. So let’s talk about Conor McGregor.
The real main event is happening now in McGregor vs. Mayweather
It’s sports so you never really know what’s going to happen. It’s combat sports so that feels doubly true. Still, I can’t help shake the feeling that the most entertaining part of Conor McGregor vs. Floyd Mayweather is the public beefing that’s happening right now in the hype-filled lead-up. McGregor wore a suit where the pinstripes were tiny little letters that spelled “f*** you.”1 He and Mayweather continue to stand forehead to forehead doing that taunting trash talk thing where they repeat themselves seven times per second while occasionally tilting their heads back and forth. As far as fight lead-up it’s pretty awesome, but I’m pretty sure this is the main event.
The fact is that even though Conor McGregor is one of the best fighters in the MMA world, he’s about to compete in a different sport. Boxing and MMA are similar because you can throw punches in both sports kind of like football and rugby are similar sports because you run and hit in both of them. That’s probably not the best comparison, so how about this? Geoffrey Kirui won the Boston Marathon this year. He and Usain Bolt both compete as runners just like Mayweather and McGregor are both fighters. If Bolt were forced to compete in the marathon or Kirui in the 100 meters, would it be much of a competition? Who would you bet on to win either of those races?
And yet, I’m reading that bets are being placed on McGregor. I’m reading about his promise as an amateur boxer as if that will mean a whole heck of a lot in a boxing ring against one of the most successful in the history of the sport. Antonio Gates was a very good basketball player with promise and a professional athletic pedigree. He found his calling in the NFL as a tight end, but even with six months of practice and assuming he was still young, would you bet on him making a starting NBA lineup?
None of this is to say that I’m not enjoying the whole thing. I really am. I think it’s great and I find McGregor amazingly entertaining. I’ll watch this fight and I’ll be rooting for McGregor to shock the world. If he does, however, I’m just going to assume it was rigged. In the end, I think this is more of an exhibition and a formality for Mayweather. He’s been on top for a very long time and assuming everything’s on the up and up, at the end of August against Conor McGregor, there shouldn’t be anything that changes that reputation.
Now watch the real main event. Apologies for the NSFW language. Be careful before you hit “play.”
Ray Flanagan and the Authorities…
In honor of one of my podcast guests this week, I want to highlight what makes Ray Flanagan who he is. Here he is with his band.
Have a great weekend.
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