The first time I saw or heard of Conor McGregor wasn’t from a knockout or fight, it was at a press conference. It was April 2015 and I was watching SportsCenter. They showed a clip of a the promotional tour for UFC 189, featuring Jose Aldo vs. Conor McGregor for the UFC featherweight championship.
I was never a huge UFC fan so I had never heard of either of them. Then they showed McGregor grabbing the UFC featherweight championship belt away from Aldo and holding it triumphantly. Dana White tried to keep Aldo and McGregor from coming to blows. McGregor looked like an absolute madman. The Dublin crowd went ballistic. I was smitten.
I had always liked UFC and thought it was a bad ass sport, but never got invested into it because there wasn’t one fighter I liked enough. They all seemed one in the same to me. Everyone looked a like, talked a like, and had the personality of bricks. The only fighter at the time who I actually cared about was Ronda Rousey; none of the male fighters seemed to have a fraction of her star power.
Then I caught a glimpse of McGregor going full-WWE and stealing a title belt and screaming obscenities in that thick Irish accent while thousands of Irish fans collectively lost their shit. I didn’t know anything about him and I didn’t care, I just knew I now loved a fighter named Conor McGregor
Aldo and McGregor didn’t actually fight until UFC 194 in December, where McGregor knocked out Aldo in 13 seconds and captured my heart forever. Since then McGregor has been one of my favorite athletes, and become an international star. In my opinion, Conor McGregor IS the UFC.
That’s not to say I don’t think McGregor has flaws. He’s brash, profane, and kind of a dickhead. He’s gotten in trouble for saying misogynistic and possibly racist things to his opponents before. I don’t believe McGregor is racist or really even a sexist, he’s just an asshole. An equal opportunity asshole, though. I don’t believe he cares about the color of the skin of the his opponent, he’s going to say whatever he can to get underneath their skin. That’s what fighters do, the great ones anyway. However, I do wish he wouldn’t call everyone a bitch, or would realize how bad it looks to shout, “dance for me, boy!” at his black opponent.
When the McGregor vs. Mayweather bout (yes, McGregor should be the marquee) was announced, I was torn between being excited and apprehensive. I may be a McGregor fan, but I’m also a realist and knew McGregor had almost zero chance to beat Mayweather. But the thought of McGregor knocking out Mayweather and telling him to go “fook” himself made me positively giddy.
You see, I hate Floyd Mayweather.
I mean, REALLY hate him.
I truly mean it. Mayweather is a serial woman-beater that would be in prison if it weren’t for his money and fame; if he wasn’t the undefeated champion and face of boxing. He’s also the single-most boring boxer I’ve ever seen and whom I blame for the slow death of the sport. I’d venture to say that this fight is the final nail in boxing’s coffin. Boxing had to get MMA’s biggest star to fight its retired legend to make news.
It’s bizarre to me that Mayweather has any fans whatsoever, knowing what we know about the walking sack of feces. He’s plead guilty multiple times to hitting women, he’s been in jail for his crimes, and yet no one seems to wonder if he should be fighting at all. Ray Rice lost his career for hitting his wife; Mayweather gets treated with kid gloves.
As far as the fight is concerned, anyone can see that this is closer to an entertainment spectacle than an actual fight. Both fighters are going to get a huge payday regardless of the outcome, and the likely outcome is a 12-round snooze fest.
Then again…who cares? There’s a 98% chance that the build up and trash talk up to the fight will be more interesting than the fight itself. The world tour, which was gold for the most part, featured some of the most brutal shit-talk (and Mayweather just screaming “hard work!” for some reason) and greatest outfits in press conference in history.
Boxing purists (which, by the way, have become the new “worst online people”) say it’ll be an embarrassment to the sport. I’d say it can’t be anymore embarrassing to boxing than the Mayweather vs. Pacquiao debacle. They should be more embarrassed by Paulie Malignaggi, that guy needs to just take his L and exit stage right.
Make no mistake; McGregor winning would be a cataclysmic shock. It would be the biggest upset in boxing sports history. Any logical approach to the fight will lead one to be absolutely sure Mayweather will win. That’s fine, but don’t be upset or when I take the completely emotional approach.
I’ve chosen to instead enjoy every ounce of the build up and become completely emotionally invested in McGregor. Because that’s way more fun! This fight is truly a spectacle of once-in-a-lifetime proportions, so why not enjoy it?
This fight has no business even existing, but it does. And that’s kind of awesome! It’s a dumb fight with nothing but egos at stake, and those are honestly the best kind of fights.
Call it nothing but a money grab and a swindling of people’s wallets and overrated. I don’t care, I’ll be glued to the TV in my “49-1” t-shirt invested in every second of it.
Mystic Mac in the sixth.