May­weather comes out of re­tire­ment to lock horns with McGre­gor

New Straits Times - - Sport -

LON­DON: Floyd May­weather has an­nounced that he is of­fi­cially com­ing out of re­tire­ment to bat­tle Conor McGre­gor, who says he wants this war more than any other.

So the event they would like to la­bel ‘The Fight of the Cen­tury’ does look like hap­pen­ing.

More ac­cu­rately, not least given May­weather’s pseu­do­nym, it is ‘The Money Maker Of All Time.’

Even if it lasts no longer than the time it takes McGre­gor to blink as May­weather clocks him, this mix-match of the most lu­cra­tive mar­ke­teers in the no­ble art and the cage rage will surely smash all box-of­fice records for com­bat sports. Which is the prin­ci­pal ob­ject.

The other, for May­weather, is that it of­fers him a clever way of eclips­ing the record of re­tir­ing on 49 wins and no de­feats which he cur­rently shares with the leg­endary Rocky Mar­ciano.

When it comes purely to box­ing, McGre­gor as an ex­po­nent of mixed mar­tial arts is a vir­tual novice.

All of which begs the ques­tion of whether he has any chance at all against the boxer who calls him­self The Best Ever.

To be per­fectly hon­est, he does not.

His best hope would ap­pear to be that May­weather takes vic­tory for granted and goes easy on the train­ing.

Even that seems un­likely, since the Money mantra has al­ways been ‘hard work, ded­i­ca­tion.’

May­weather did tarry in the UK be­fore trav­el­ling to Prague on the lat­est leg of a world tour which be­gan soon af­ter he hung up the gloves in Sept 2015.

He has been seen club­bing then eat­ing in McDon­ald's in the small hours but Team McGre­gor would be un­wise to read too much into that.

May­weather lives in Las Ve­gas, where he is a reg­u­lar in the night­clubs. His favourite restau­rant on The Strip is called Fat­burger but he rarely walks about at more than a few pounds over his fight­ing weight of 147.

With the 20,000-seat T-Mo­bile Arena re­port­edly re­served for his come­back on June 10 he has plenty of time to get back into train­ing camp and full fit­ness.

If he needs any re­mind­ing, McGre­gor's box­ing is con­sid­ered the best el­e­ment of his MMA reper­toire with many of his wins com­ing by way of knock­outs in­flicted by his sharp left-hook counter-punch­ing.

That will add suf­fi­cient mys­tique to their own bril­liance at self-pro­mo­tion to boost the paytele­vi­sion sales needed to fi­nance their mon­e­tary de­mands.

The hype is on. It con­tin­ues with May­weather in Prague.

Then, in New York this Fri­day, McGre­gor leads Michael Con­lan into the Theater at Madi­son Square for his fel­low Ir­ish­man's pro­fes­sional de­but. Daily Mail

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