Choose your fighter, Saturday is fight night

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DYLAN PADY, Sports Editor | [email protected]

On Saturday, Aug. 26 the T-Mobile Arena in Paradise, Nevada will feature one of the greatest boxing events in sports history. Standing five feet and eight inches, from Grand Rapids, Michigan, Floyd “Money” Mayweather Jr will step into the ring with Conor “The Notorious” McGregor. McGregor, at five feet and nine inches, will be representing his hometown of Crumlin, Dublin in Ireland, but there is a catch to this fight that makes it all the more interesting.

Mayweather was born into a family of boxers and began practicing at a very young age. By the end of his amateur career, Mayweather won 84 of his 92 total fights, also receiving national recognition by winning the “Golden Gloves” championship three times in 1993, 1994 and finally 1996.

In his professional career, however, Mayweather has not lost a single match. He currently stands at 49-0 with 26 knockouts while also possessing five division world championships.

In this fight, McGregor is considered the “underdog.” By no means is this due to a lack of skill, as McGregor currently stands at 21-3, with 18 knockouts and holds two division world championships. His success was through UFC’s mixed martial arts (MMA) promotion, essentially making him one of the best in the octagon.

The two fighters were constantly throwing shade at each other, claiming to be the best, or claiming to beat the other’s butt. There were always rumors floating around of a fight between the two, but on what terms would their beef be settled?

On Mar. 7, papers were signed and a date was selected for McGregor’s attempt to make history, by stepping into the ring and defeating the reigning champion at his own game. Nosebleed tickets for this event on Ticketmaster were valued at $1,571, ring-side seating cost around $5,000 and the best seats in the house or “platinum” seating cost roughly $15,000.

Cameron Papp, spokesperson for StubHub, had some bizarre statistics regarding Saturday’s fight.

“Floyd Mayweather is the most popular fighter today based on overall ticket sales on StubHub, so we expect strong demand whenever he steps into the ring,” Papp said. “Due to various reasons – venue size, timing of other high profile fights, etc. – average ticket prices are lower than Mayweather’s last fight in 2015.”

Mayweather fighting McGregor is obviously the main event. For anyone who follows boxing, the earlier fights will consist of Gervonta Davis vs. Francisco Fonseca, Nathan Cleverly vs. Badou Jack and Andrew Tabiti vs. Steve Cunningham. They are the four fights featured in the Pay-per-view broadcast, which all cost roughly $100  to see in high-definition.

There is a lot of money, fame and bragging rights on this fight. Rumor has it that Mayweather wants to bet five million on himself against McGregor. The McGregor fight has much more hype than when Mayweather fought Manny Pacquiao. But in 2015, that fight made at least 20 million dollars more than Saturday’s fight is projected to, according to ESPN Boxing.

I’m not necessarily rooting for Floyd, but I think he’s going to win. In regards to the fight as a historical sporting event, however, seeing Conor come out on top would be too cool. It would literally make him the greatest recognizable fighter in the world.

If you were to root against McGregor, and he happened to knock Mayweather unconscious, you could be mad all you want, but you wouldn’t be able to hate on the guy. The difference in their experience is unmeasurable and I’m positive this is one of the biggest challenges of McGregor’s life. Imagine telling your friends and family you were about to fight Floyd Mayweather.

This whole event could be remade into a Rocky movie: McGregor training in the woods and running up mountains, while Mayweather already has the moves and the perks that come with being the best. They step into the ring and McGregor starts off slow, with Mayweather trying to discourage him and get in his head. But McGregor stays at it and by the last couple rounds both fighters are bruised, bloody and tired. The ending of that movie will be decided on Saturday. But Rocky movies were more so about overcoming obstacles and going the distance. So even if McGregor lost, I’d still go see this hypothetical movie in theaters.

Bottom line; this event is going to be huge, and I just hope it’s a good fight, not a quick one.