So We Were Very Wrong About This Mayweather-McGregor Fight
A little more than a year ago, we laughed off the idea of a Floyd Mayweather-Conor McGregor boxing match. In retrospect, our case against the plausibility of the fight was built mostly on emotion and not much logic (in the fight game, "logic" = money). Now that the sideshow is officially scheduled for August 26 in Las Vegas — my birthday weekend, no less! — it's time to look back at some of the richer miscalculations from yours truly.
A fantasy matchup between fighters from different sports is, by definition, nonsense.
Au contraire, Big Rim. People apparently crave cross-sport duels. Might as well send Aaron Judge to the World Long Drive Championships and charge $20 for the live stream. We'll bite.
This back-and-forth is an exercise in vanity for both parties, nothing more.
Delete "nothing more" and this sentence ain't half bad.
Rim is going to look pretty stupid if this fight actually happens.
Ding ding ding!
Now that our word on this matter is utterly worthless, perhaps you're interested in some more cockamamie predictions:
- The pay-per-view will cost at least $120.
- McGregor won't land one punch that draws an "ooh" from the crowd ... unless Mayweather lets him.
- Money Mayweather will lose money on his "50-0" merchandise. (Buy the fight if you want, but for the love of God don't even think about getting a 50-0 Mayweather shirt.)
- This silliness will overshadow the actual Most Important Bout of the year, Canelo Alvarez vs. Gennady Golovkin just three weeks later.
- Everyone will be disappointed.
But hey, I've been wrong before. Of these two jabronis, I certainly would not have predicted McGregor to deliver the more disrespectful fight announcement tweet: