“The Money Fight” between Conor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather turned out to be thoroughly entertaining. Conor started off the fight very aggressive, but faded toward the end. The 40 year-old boxer did something unprecedented that left many boxing fans open-mouthed; Floyd brought the fight to Conor. This is something reminiscent of Mayweather’s “Pretty Boy” days. Floyd strategically threw stinging right hands to Conor’s body, which eventually drained McGregor in the later rounds. Once Floyd felt Conor gas, he unloaded heavy shot after heavy shot. Conor impressively took the punches well, but was no longer protecting himself; fight over. But Conor gained far more in his lose against Floyd than anticipated.
Saul “Canelo” Alvarez has been one of boxing’s greatest talents for many years. However, in his 2013 bout against Floyd Mayweather, Canelo was completely out classed. Alvarez landed only 22percent of his 526 punches; the usually accurate puncher could hardly land on the defensive genius. Manny Pacquiao did even worse than Canelo; Manny connected a depressing 19percent, or 81 punches, against Floyd. Many left disappointed and demanding refunds.
Inside the ring, Conor seemed to be Floyd’s largest competitor. McGregor’s 74-inch reach is the most Floyd has ever faced. Although being listed as only an inch taller, Conor seemed to tower over the aged boxer. McGregor impressively used his size advantage very well in the early rounds. He established a jab that connected 27 times throughout the fight, which is eight more than what Manny did. Conor landed 111 punches with an accuracy of 26percent. This is really impressive considering Canelo landed only six more punches in his 12 rounds against Floyd.
It is important to note the different strategy of Floyd in this fight. Typically Floyd counter-punches his way to victory. However, this time was different. Floyd stayed in Conor’s range and continuously walked forward. This meant he would get hit far more frequently. But credit is deserved for the Irishman since many believed he wouldn’t even land a single punch.
Mayweather vs. Pacquiao’s record setting revenue was over $410million, of which Floyd reportedly pocketed around $300million. The numbers have yet to be published, but many have concluded that Conor vs. Floyd broke that record. This means Conor could be walking away with a black eye worth over $100million. But McGregor took this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to further his net worth potential.
Conor took a page out of Floyd’s playbook and created his own promotional company. Collecting promotional checks is something few have successfully sustained. Conor understands that he must strike while the iron is hot, and that is exactly what he did. McGregor Promotions was involved in creating the most bought fight in boxing history; not too shabby for a business’s first project. Conor also advertised his own fashion line, whiskey, and lifestyle brand. All of which are peanuts considering the amount of money it would take to see him in the octagon again. The UFC is in a position where they might have to abide to Conor’s part-ownership demand. “The Money Fight” was a huge catalyst for McGregor’s future wealth.
Not many MMA fighters can say they shared the ring with a boxer of Floyd’s caliber. Why is this an advantage to Conor’s fighting success? The answer is because of “the rub.” There is a theory in sports that when someone competes against another with superior skill, the lesser fighter absorbs some of that advanced knowledge; this is called “the rub.” Conor experienced this phenomenon against Floyd. In his UFC return, I suspect Conor to be: more efficient with his energy; manage distance more effectively; and far more skilled with his boxing technique.
“The Money Fight” was less of a spectacle than many believed it would be. Conor and Floyd both impressed. Although his technique was sloppy by boxing standards, Conor’s heart and unique character kept people on the edge of their seats. Could Floyd have ended the fight earlier? Absolutely. But Floyd was basking in his post-retirement retirement fight. Floyd is a billionaire and Conor is in a position to follow those footsteps. “The Money Fight” was worth the 30minute distraction.