Mayweather v McGregor: On Reflection
We are now 9 months on since the Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor fight took place, and we still have no definitive return for McGregor, in either sport. In regards to Mayweather despite rumours, Mayweather is still retired at least in boxing although he teases he will return in MMA, what sincerity he has, time will tell.
So all these months on, what do we think now of Mayweather v McGregor?
Despite the millions all parties got for the fight, some wouldn’t call it that, a circus that fooled us all most would say, there was much at stake for both Mayweather and McGregor and of course boxing and MMA, reputations were most definitely on the line.
Mayweather, the self-proclaimed best ever, he isn’t by the way, his reputation would never have recovered from a defeat to someone from another sport making his professional boxing début, the damage to his legacy would have been permanent.
Even a life and death struggle would have harmed his reputation and his right to even be in the conversation for the mythical greatest ever.
McGregor had his own pressure’s of course, if he had suffered a quick stoppage loss or even a one-sided embarrassing points defeat, the damage to his reputation and his sport, while not permanent, would have taken some time to recover.
I think on reflection, all parties just about got away with it, no harm done to either side.
Mayweather won comfortably enough, I still don’t think he carried McGregor as some suggest. Mayweather did what he always does, he let the storm pass, and put on the pressure once the danger had gone, to force the stoppage and walk away from the sport with a 50-0 record.
As for McGregor, he was competitive early, surprised many, and left the ring with at least some respect from the boxing world, begrudgingly in some cases of course. For the purpose of money, the two worlds formed an uneasy alliance.
McGregor did talk of a rematch initially, convinced he could win a return, it won’t happen, it shouldn’t happen, but then the fight last August shouldn’t have happened.
With Mayweather teasing trying his hand at MMA, a return in the Octagon would be incredibly lucrative, but would Mayweather revert from type and put himself at such a risk, highly unlikely I would say.
He was last seen in action missing a bus, throwing his dolly out of the pram, and then getting arrested for his actions. Legal experts say he wont serve any jail time, he will receive some form of token punishment from the UFC, and then return for the biggest fight in MMA history against Khabib, and they say crime doesn’t pay.
The worry I have for McGregor is, has the fight and the millions he made, a reported $100 million, robbed him of his hunger to fight, is the old obsession still there.
There is of course the time away from MMA, he hasn’t fought in the UFC since November 2016, will he return the same fighter, the clock doesn’t stop ticking for no man, the sport waits for nobody.
Mayweather v McGregor wasn’t the embarrassment it could have been, and as I said earlier, they got away with it, just.