We’re still over a month away from August 26th, but the anticipation for Mayweather v. McGregor is growing everyday. For months, talk of this fight happening seemed like a bunch of BS, giving people like Skip Bayless and Stephen A. something other than basketball or football to talk about on their talk shows. To be honest, I didn’t think Floyd would ever actually agree to this fight, but sure enough, the deal is done and the most anticipated boxing match in awhile is officially taking place.
Now I was never a big fan of Floyd Mayweather. It’s hard for me to like a guy who has made a career off of winning extremely boring fights, and even harder to respect a guy who has had domestic violence issues and constantly has to flash his money on social media as if we don’t know how much money he has actually made off of his fighting career. Now obviously Floyd’s fights are so boring because he’s so downright good at defensively dancing around the ring and timing his strikes, and Conor McGregor is not the most frugal guy either when it comes to his lifestyle. But it’s just so difficult to dislike a guy who represents his entire country and family in everything that he does, and it’s so easy to hate a guy like Floyd.
Before this fight was ever official, me and probably just about everyone else who doesn’t live under a rock already knew that Floyd would win, hands down. Most likely Conor would barely even touch him in the process. But regardless of the outcome of the fight, Conor McGregor has already won, and here’s why.
First of all, McGregor is insane, in a good way. For starters, he and Dana White literally pulled a LaVar Ball and spoke this fight into existence. Not only is McGregor a world renowned name and a certified UFC great for having held a belt in two weight classes, but he is actually crazy enough to give that up in pursuit of fighting the greatest boxer of our generation, who is a calm 49-0. Regardless of the outcome of the fight, his stock will be higher than before. No one expects him to win, but if he does he will have taken down one of the greatest boxers in history, and if not, he will still help contribute to what will probably be the biggest pay-per-view event of all time, smashing any numbers he would’ve done in the UFC. Sounds like a win-win.
Secondly, he wore a custom pinstripe suit to the first fight press conference, with the pinstripes containing “f*ck you” up and down the suit. That’s probably the most amazing thing ever. Shout out to Conor’s tailor.
Next, he’s the most savage trash talker ever. Sorry Peyton Manning, I absolutely loved your Kevin Durant joke at the ESPY’s, but nothing tops an amped up Conor McGregor starting a “F**k the Mayweather’s” chant, then going up to Floyd Mayweather’s face and stating that he dresses like a bum because he can’t afford luxuries due to his tax problems, and then asking why he has a school bag, because he can’t f**king read. *Insert Funk Flex bomb here*. I mean I loved it when 50 Cent took to Instagram to call Floyd’s third grade English skills into question, but Conor flat out stood next to him and said “you can’t read”. You can watch the entire rant below, courtesy of UFC on Fox.
Lastly, Conor McGregor is a people’s champ. He completely disrespected Floyd in two press conferences, had crowds chanting his every move, and he’s fighting a fight that everyone expects him to lose, and no one cares. Every single Irish person on this Earth flat out loves the guy, and so does everyone else, because he’s batsh*t crazy, and he doesn’t back down from anything. He came from nothing, and he never forgot his roots, his country, or his family. After this fight, he’ll return to the UFC where he is treasured, and he will continue to draw big money in his events. People will only love him more following this bout, and if he overachieves he’ll become a legend. So whether or not he even comes close to touching Floyd in the ring on August 26th, Conor McGregor has already won.