A massive cheque with batch of noughts on the end could entice Floyd Mayweather back to the ring in what would surely is just one of the most one-sided bouts of his career
Some scientists and Silicon Valley smarts increasingly is argued that nothing we experience is real, and that life is just a giant computer game created by a far more sophisticated superintelligence. This theory even has a appoint: pretending hypothesis although, disappointingly, it has nothing to say about whether Cristiano Ronaldo might stay on his paws more in a parallel universe.
If these folk are claim, then perhaps we should also start wished to know whether our silicon overlords have got bored with Dirt: The Game and decided to tweak the programme of activities radically. And maybe having evidenced just how gullible we are when swallowing any old political absurdity, they want to do the same with sport.
How else to explain the bizarre and tinnitus-like clamor for a superfight between Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor? For months a potential meet between the most difficult figures in boxing and mixed martial art appeared to be hot air; an attempt to keep their Kilimanjaro-sized egos in the news. But, increasingly, what was gas is taking solid form.
Last week McGregor announced he had agreed a transaction with his paymasters, the UFC, to allow him to fight Mayweather if a contract could be agreed. Then, belatedly on Saturday, Mayweather are recognizing that the only contend that drew feel to him was against the Irishman. He knocks ass in the Octagon, and I knock ass in the boxing doughnut, he added. The devotees expect that oppose and you have to give the fans what they want to see.
We all know what is in it for Mayweather: an easy nighttime, a cheque with spate of noughts on the end of it, and an open-goal opportunity to surpass Rocky Marcianos 49 -0 prevail/ loss evidence. McGregor, meanwhile, would be get his biggest pay-day. No wonder he can see currency signals rolling in front of his eyes like dollars on a onearmed bandit.
The question is, what is in it for us? We know how this story plays out. Do “weve been” required to suckered again?
Mayweathers last-place seven bouts all won on degrees render a glimpse into this future: pre-fight bombast and swaggering swagger followed by 12 rounds made up of the chime of skin reaching air. The last-place soldier he stopped was Victor Ortiz in 2011.
True, there is a slim chance that McGregors lack of boxing skills are contributing to Mayweather to trade more, making it a more exciting oppose, or that the 40 -year-old American will be amazingly susceptible having not fought for two years. And yes, we should concede that McGregor might get lucky with a big perforate. But the same has been said before the majority of members of Mayweathers last dozen contends. It just never plays out that way.
A much more likely scenario is that by halfway anyone who has stumped up for the pay-per-view will be halfway through the six theatres of sorrow, as Mayweather dulls his practice to another victory.
Perhaps the bouts simply redeeming feature is that the imbalance of boxing geniu between Mayweather and McGregor would be so great that the masses would lastly recognize his knowledge. Then again, we dont need to watch Usain Bolt take on club runners to know how supreme he is at sprinting.
The problem with such rivalries between boxing and MMA is that there is no way to ensure they are fair that both men have an equal possibility of triumphing. Mayweather will reign under boxing regulations, just as Randy Couture did under UFC regulates when the former boxing world-wide champ James Toney dared to enter the Octagon with him in 2010. The arise was an embarrassing mismatch.
Such imbalances ought to have obvious since at least 1976, when Muhammad Ali then heavyweight champion of “the worlds” was persuaded to travel to Japan to fight the professional wrestler Antonio Inoki. Inoki was not allowed to throw, kicking or grip and stayed on the ground for all but the first 14 seconds of the first round. Ali, meanwhile, did not hurl a pierce until the seventh round. The solution was high mockery. The push was eventually said as a stretch and the promoter Bob Arum afterward described the parallel as the low extent of my career.
The bar is low, then, if Mayweather versus McGregor does materialise. But given the expectations and the high cost of buying the rivalry it would inevitably be a thudding anti-climax. No one disputes that McGregor is a hugely talented mixed martial artist, whatever you may think of his pimp persona. But asking him to fight applying exclusively his fists would rob him of most of his weapons. It would be like requesting a shark to catch his prey without using its teeth.
We all know this. And still the theme being played is seducing many beings in. As the UFC kingpin Dana White has put it: People can say its ludicrous, its not a fight, it should never happen, its lopsided, it will be this and that. But everywhere I become, everything I do, thats all they want to talk about.
And talking here it they do. Throughout his vocation, Mayweather has always been so good defensively that he frequently leaves his rivals dazed without even throwing a perforate. An even greater trick, nonetheless, is that he keeps tempting us in to watch him do it.
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