Kamal El Ghorayeb
“The Money Fight” – Floyd “Money” Mayweather Jr. vs. Conor “Notorious” McGregor has been labeled as the biggest fight in combat sports history, joining the likes of “The Rumble in the Jungle” and “The Thrilla in Manilla” in the ranks of boxing’s most famous matches. The match was all that fans had hoped it would be be since the announcement of its occurrence on June 14th.
McGregor, the world’s number one lightweight MMA fighter and current UFC champion of that division, has always maintained an interest in boxing. The reason behind this is that the techniques of boxing help shape his fighting style.
Being as competitive as he is, he set his sights on the world’s number one, the undefeated Floyd Mayweather Jr.
The fight seemed to be far from fruition after UFC president Dana White dismissed the possibility, and since Mayweather retired after last defeating Andre Berto in September 2015.
However, as hype around the fight increased on the internet and the fans’ interest grew, everyone involved realized the financial potential of this mega fight. As a result, preparations for the fight began.
Mayweather was slated to make a minimum of $100,000,000, an amount potentially rising to its triple; whereas, McGregor was looking at a very nice guaranteed $30,000,000, an amount potentially rising to $100,000,000.
After the fight date was set on August 26th, a press tour was scheduled to take place between July 11th and 14th.
Despite McGregor’s unrivalled skill in the octagon, as evident in his 13-second knockout of Jose Aldo, the featherweight title holder at the time, many placed the odds in Mayweather’s favour.
Mayweather is undefeated in his 49 fights as a professional boxer and has never been knocked down. How then does McGregor, who has never fought professionally as a boxer, match up to that?
Many thought he would not since Mayweather was already an established legend of the boxing game and McGregor was an MMA fighter who only incorporated minimal boxing techniques in his fighting style.
The hype and excitement during the days leading up to the fight were sky high, and people were ready to witness greatness. Indeed, on August 26, greatness is what they witnessed.
Mayweather won the fight as the majority of people predicted. Despite McGregor’s defeat, the fighter proved that he would not go down without a fight, owning up to the predictions of his fans.
Defying all odds and protections, McGregor made it all the way to the 10th round. He lost only to a controversial TKO decision by referee Robert Byrd.
Regardless, McGregor can take pride in lasting much longer than anyone could have expected as well landing a staggering 110 punches on defensive specialist Mayweather.
Both athletes lauded each other’s strength and skill, and they also showed massive respect to one another. McGregor praised Mayweather’s composure and adaptability while Mayweather returned courtesies by admiring McGregor’s competitive nature and his persistence throughout the fight.
“I never lose, I either win or I learn,” said McGregor.