It’s Time To Rumble
By: Danny Chen
Since Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) skyrocketed into the main stream there have been many a discussion as to which is better, Boxing or MMA. Frankly, that was the entire premise behind the inception of Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), the tournament created to find out which Martial Art can beat the rest of them. Fast forward two decades and the debates have yet to die off.
Boxing is a crucial aspect of MMA and it must be practiced in order to find any success inside the cage. MMA fighters have so many things to practice, it is impossible for them to become perfect at one aspect of fighting and only focus on that; they must have knowledge in many combat sports. Conversely, boxers commit 100% of their time and efforts mastering the craft of boxing. So doesn’t it make sense that a boxer would be better at boxing, and a mixed martial artist would be better at MMA?
The problem arises when you take into consideration that at the end of the day, these are professional fighters. They make a living from beating people up for money. Add the fact that most of them have massive egos and if anyone says anything derogatory or negative, then it hits a very sensitive spot and they all go back to their instinct of wanting to settling things by fighting. That is exactly what happened here between the boxing world and the MMA world.
After a couple of years of trash talk, twitter feuds, and blowing smoke, the fight is finally official. The UFC star Connor “The Notorious” McGregor will be entering a boxing ring as a professional against arguably one of the most decorated boxers of all time, Floyd “Money” Mayweather.
Many are arguing that this is detrimental and makes a mockery to both sports. A person with no professional boxing experience should not be able to headline a boxing event which will turn out to be one of the highest profile fights of all time. Even if they aren’t a fan of this fight coming to fruition, it will be impossible to miss because of how intriguing this is going to be.
The clash between the boxing and MMA world in combination with the build up and coverage of this fight is going have all of us glued to this pay per view. People who are not Connor McGregor fans will be cheering for him because he is the representative of MMA and would love nothing more than to win that fight.
We do have to be at least a little realistic though. The odds aren’t in favour for Mayweather without reason. His legendary status as a 49-0 boxer did not come unearned. Connor does have a steep mountain to climb to win. Dana in true promoter fashion gives his star plenty of areas and reason he can win. Floyd has struggled with southpaws, Connor has phenomenal punching power and speed as evident by his UFC tenure, Connor is younger, more active as of late, and he is the physically larger person.
And he is not wrong about all of this, those are all real things. The problem is that Floyd is still a master student of boxing and Connor has no professional boxing experience. What we are leaning on is Connor having a punchers chance here. Because at the end of the day, this is still a fight and anything can happen. Maybe Floyd doesn’t train well, maybe he leaves his hands down for a second or the judges even get it wrong. We hear it all the time to not leave in the hands of the judges.
Even if he loses, Connor just needs to put up a good fight in order to consider this a success. He is the knight in shining armour for MMA in this fight and in order for the community to raise their heads high in pride he must win a couple of rounds, hurt Floyd, and somehow make it competitive. That way they can say our best guy walked into the ring of a completely different sport and actually fared well for himself.
There was a similar situation that happened on the big stage of the UFC in modern time MMA. A high profile boxer by the name of James Toney talked his way into a fight against Randy Couture at UFC 118 on August 28, 2010 claiming that a boxer can easily walk into the cage and dominate. He found out the hard way by losing 3:19 right into the very first round. Being taken down almost immediately and submitted by arm triangle choke. By comparison, McGregor must perform better than this.
Lastly, and probably the most import reason as to why this fight is even happening is money. All stakeholders involved know that this will be one of the highest viewed pay per view events of all time. It is reported that both McGregor and Mayweather will make more than $100 million.
Regardless of the outcome, we can all admit that this is cannot miss TV. We will all read the articles, watch the promotional videos, pay close attention to the interviews, the press conference, and of course the fight itself. Saturday August 26, 2017 live at the T-Mobile Arena cannot come faster. We will all be entertained for our insatiable need for combat sports.