Mayweather vs McGregor: MMA Press Keeps Exaggerating McGregor’s Strength, Downplaying Mayweather

It’s almost here, the sporting event of the year. Mayweather will be fighting McGregor in a couple of days.

And all anyone can talk about is the Mayweather VS McGregor betting odds from major sportsbooks.

Well, maybe that isn’t exactly true. You would think that all the speculation and all the drama surrounding the match would have died out by now. But that doesn’t seem to be the case. Sure, there are a lot of people for whom all that matters now are the ticket sales and the pay-per-view situation.

There are people who realize that the outcome of this fight has already been determined and that Mayweather cannot possibly lose. However, many a voice is still looking to keep the debates going by trying to explain McGregor’s disadvantages away even while downplaying Mayweather’s abilities.

You have probably heard all the arguments by now. Some people think Mayweather has gotten old. Others think he might still be smarting from a couple of injuries. Of course, you also have rumors about the disaster unfolding during McGregor’s training sessions and the fact that his bluster in the media is his attempt to intimidate Mayweather because he knows he stands no chance of winning the coming fight.

At this point, no opinion really matters. No one can know for certain how things will play out, though everyone is working hard to defend their position. The people in McGregor’s corner are making more drastic arguments with each passing day to explain why they think the MMA athlete will win.

A common suggestion made by is the fact that Mayweather has never faced a fighter like McGregor and that the MMA fighter has an unrivaled fist that Mayweather won’t be able to defend.

But that idea is silly at its core, mostly because every opponent Mayweather has faced has made the same argument. And they have all suffered the same fate. These are boxers that are far more competent at boxing than McGregor. The idea that McGregor is bringing something to the table that Mayweather has never seen in his previous fights is foolish.

Boxing is a very simple sport. If McGregor thinks he can construct a punch that can somehow sway things in his favor, he’s in for a rude awakening. Does anyone remember James Toney?

Toney is one of the finest boxers the sport has ever seen, and he thought he could make the transition to the UFC. Toney appealed to Dana White to let him fight in his league. Toney was under the delusion that his experience as a wrestler in College would somehow give him an advantage.

The boxer thought he had what it took to bring someone like Randy Couture down, probably because Randy was approaching 50 at the time. No boxing fan wants to remember their fight because it was a disgrace.

Toney was pummeled and it was horrible. In that scenario, McGregor is Toney and Mayweather is Randy. Things are probably going to end with McGregor in disgrace. One hopes that McGregor’s fans can stop getting their own hopes up. They need to accept that the Mayweather/McGregor fight will probably be fun but it won’t end well for McGregor.

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Author: Dexter Sinistri

Dexter Sinistri is a famously centrist writer who has worked as a Hollywood correspondent for a number of leading publications since 2005. Though once a photographer, Mr. Sinistri struck out as a writer on all things celebrity, and he likes to consider himself a tremendous asset to Glossy News, though by most accounts, he has fallen somewhat short of this effort.


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