Tuesday, July 25, 2017
L:ate Summer Scuffle
Floyd Mayweather Conor McGregor
On August 26th, Floyd Mayweather is scheduled to fight Conor McGregor in Paradise, Nevada. Boxing fans, and those who pay attention to mixed martial arts, cannot wait for the event. It will undoubdtedly be the largest payday for all involved; the fighters, their entourage, the lawyers, the event host, the television people, and yes, the taxman. Apparently, Mayweather already owes the taxman several hundred thousand dollars.
It will also be the most publicized, nost hyped event in, dare I say, American history. And yes, the promoters did slip north of the American border with the fighters to promote the event in Toronto, as part of an eight-city tour. If you happen to see these two, with a smiling Dana White standing behind them, cover your children's ears. There will be a stream of profanities from each of the fighters, all in the name of promotion.
Neither of the two opponents was born with a silver spoon in his mouth. McGregor apprenticed as a plumber before entering the world of mixed martial arts. Mayweather grew up in a difficult world, often surrounded by addicts. Mayweather's father was a prize fighter, and often took his son to the gym.
Floyd Mayweather had a brilliant professional career, never defeated. The sports network, ESPN, ranked Mayweather as the greatest fighter, pound for pound, of the last 25 years. He is similar in stature to McGregor, around 155 pounds, roughly 5' 10”. Sometimes referred to as “Pretty Boy”, Mayweather was once listed by Forbes Magazine as “the highest paid athlete in the world”. Mayweather was born in 1977, and is now 40 years old.
McGregor is 29 years old, and that may prove to be advatageous to the Irishman. He began scrapping in the world of martial arts in 2008, and rose in the ranks to become the reigning lightweight champion. He fights under the arm of the “UFC”, the Ultimate Fighting group headed by Dana White.
This is not the first time that combattants from different worlds have met in the ring. Apparently, boxing rules will be used in this event. But don't be surprised if the rules won't be slightly twisted. Athletes from many sports worlds have sparred in the ring over the years. “The Big Train”, Lionel Conacher, went a few rounds with Jack Dempsey. Wilt “The Stilt” Chamberlain strapped on the gloves for a few extra bucks. Even baseball's Jose Canseco pulled on the gloves for a few rounds. Even Justin Trudeau, our Prime Minister, went a few friendly rounds!
Justin Trudeau with James Hurst
But this event has the flavour of battling kangaroos, or scuffling clawless bears.
There is one certainty that will result from this match. Someone will demand a rematch. And another to follow, until the public decides that enough is enough.
When they step into the ring in August, each fighter will wear ten ounce gloves. Once done, they will both have a few bruises, and fatter bank accounts. But they won't get a dime from me.
I didn't even watch Michael Phelps and the shark.
July 24, 2017.