May­weather script played true to form

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THE script was done even be­fore the deal was inked: Floyd May­weather Jr. will win.

So, why fret at all?

Any­one be­liev­ing it was for real doesn’t know box­ing.

For Christ sakes, how many times have I told you that Conor McGre­gor was a UFC/MMA an­i­mal from Dublin, Ire­land?

He’s been a beast from the cage tossed into a ring so un­known to him from Adam.

That’s like see­ing a slave in the old Ro­man era thrown into a lion’s den: A sure sump­tu­ous meal for the hun­gry king of the jun­gle.

Pit­ted against the great­est ring gla­di­a­tor of

his time, see­ing McGre­gor win against May­weather was sim­ply next to im­pos­si­ble.

Look, the fight was gov­erned by box­ing rules and noth­ing at all from McGre­gor’s mixed mar­tial arts do­main.

Stripped of his main weapons of de­struc­tion— feet, knees, el­bows, arms and head—McGre­gor was noth­ing but dead meat for May­weather.

The wis­est ever to pop out of pugilism since Muham­mad Ali, May­weather al­lowed McGre­gor to “hit” him at will in the first three rounds. Well, that was Act 1. Act 2 was when May­weather started pocket re­bel­lions in the fourth, last­ing up to the eighth. McGre­gor had no an­swer. But, of course. He was bereft of any­thing about the sweet science.

How can box­ing’s rookie ever suc­ceed against some­one un­beaten in his first 49 fights?

But the cir­cus mas­ter that he is for the long­est time, May­weather played along.

He al­lowed his script to drift three-fourth into the fight, else the crowd might stage a riot.

After fir­ing bazookas in the ninth to set the stage for Act 3’s en­core, May­weather would next blast McGre­gor with M-16 shots to the face.

The ref­eree, get­ting his cue, stopped the show and de­clared May­weather the win­ner by TKO in 1:05 of the 10th.

“He was com­posed, com­posed, com­posed,” said McGre­gor of May­weather after the farce.

He meant May­weather com­posed a flaw­less script to the very end.

But if McGre­gor strayed into box­ing and tried to in­sult the sport it­self, blame it on the box­ing gu­rus. Shame on them. Sheet, if not syet, to them. Leave May­weather from the blame game, though. He just did his part—for the money. $300 mil­lion for an Os­car act­ing? Not bad.

And $70 mil­lion for McGre­gor’s cameo role? Not bad, ei­ther.

AL MENDOZA

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