The Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor mega matchup which has been encompassed by a nimbus of veiled fistic attraction is slated to pop off on Sat., Aug 26, 2017 at T-Mobile Arena, Paradise, NV.
Per contra, one of the most highly anticipated middleweight clashes in recent memory, and one the hardcore boxing contingent have been cooling their heels for over a year, is finally upon us, and is projected to take place on Sat., Sep 16, 2017 at T-Mobile Arena, Paradise, NV.
So, the question is – when all is said and done – when the winners bask in the glory of their triumph – and the losers slink away into the darkness of their umbra’s – what happens next?
There aren’t enough superlatives do describe the storied career of “TBE” Floyd Joy Mayweather Jr., but I’ll give it a shot – supercalifragilisticexpialidocious.
For the 40-year old, this is his swansong to an illustrious boxing pilgrimage that has spanned two decades.
During that period, “Money” laced ’em up against some of boxing’s crème da la crème whilst capturing a smorgasbord of titles in five weight divisions, and now sits pretty with a pristine ledger of 49-0, not to mention making bank to the tune of half a billion greenbacks.
The fight against McGregor is a fight he must win! Hell, it’s a fight he will win – end of sentence – end of paragraph – end of story. And when he does, he’ll ride off into the far off reaches of the Las Vegas Strip lugging behind him a cachet of cash – setting him up for eternal life.
“The Notorious” one made his mark in the realm of MMA, and to date has captured four titles in two divisions – featherweight and lightweight in BAMMA, but most notably in Mixed Martial Art’s premier promotion the UFC.
Now the former Ultimate Fighting Championship dual weight titleholder (21-3 MMA, 9-1 UFC) is set to throw hands in the pantheon of the sweet science and test his boxing skills, or lack thereof (pro boxing record; 0-0) against arguably one of its greatest exponents.
The 29-year old Hibernian defeating a pound-for-pound great in the guise of Mayweather is at best phantasmagoric. However, I’ll hypothesize – if the SBG residents ends Mayweather’s unblemished record, the world will be his oyster – choices, choices, and more choices!
He could defend his UFC lightweight strap against the winner of the tentative Khabib Nurmagomedov vs. Tony Ferguson match-up, or he could attempt to usurp another title at welterweight.
The other option; the icing on the cake – face the winner of Golovkin vs. Alvarez, but that’s just the epitome of wishful thinking, because, after being pieced up by Mayweather on Aug 26, the MMA money-making superstar is guaranteed a one-way ticket to UFC-ville.
The Kazakh native has been heralded as the best middleweight since Bernard Hopkins. The aforementioned Hopkins holds the distinguished record of world middleweight title defenses – 20; and that record is within touching distance for “GGG” (thus far, 18 successful title defenses).
The WBC, IBO, WBA (Super), IBF 160 pound titlist puts the latter two marbles on the line, and up for grabs is the vacant lineal middleweight title.
Should Golovkin, 35, upend Canelo, he’ll be one fight away from equaling “The Executioner’s” record, and two from cementing his place in the annals of history. Though, retirement would surely be on the cards for the knockout artist if his quest for middleweight pre-eminence were to go up in smoke.
Even so, the smart money is on the “Kazakh Thunder” to continue his trajectory towards middleweight immortality. And when he does, he’ll have his sights firmly set on unifying the division à la Terence Crawford, who this past Saturday became the first men’s unified champion since 2005.
As that is the case, his path will most definitely lead him to WBO champ Billy Joe Saunders. Howbeit, should that fight fall through, then Golovkin (37-0, 33 KOs) may well test the waters of the light heavyweight division – there’s a calling; he goes by the sobriquet of “S.O.G,” real name Andre Ward – ruler of the 175-pounders.
Or McGregor (chimerical).
At 27, Canelo is the youngest of this quadrumvirate. The erstwhile two-weight world boxing champion made his debut at aged only 15, and has since amassed an impressive record – 49-1-1, 34 KOs.
Nonetheless, the “Cinnamon” kid still hasn’t paid his tuition fees for the schooling he received under the tutelage of Mayweather back in Sep 14, 2013 at the MGM Grand.
Despite that boxing clinic, Canelo has since blossomed into a Grade A student, and now the opportunity of graduating with first class honours awaits – if Canelo smokes Golovkin, he’ll have sealed his status as the indubitable A-Side of boxing; monetary-wise that is.
But that ain’t happening – at best a 2:1.
Needless to say, that’s not all she wrote for the Mexican – he’s still young, and there are quite a few tasty and/or money fights to be made at his new home amongst the middleweights.
Failing that – McGregor (delusory).
The time to put their dukes up is almost nigh – we wait in anticipation!!!
Originally posted at Redboxnews.com