Floyd vs. Connor

Today’s highly anticipated fight between two of the most colourful personalities in the world of fight sports is a few hours away. While we’re all excited to see who really is the better fighter, it is also worth noting that anybody involved in this fight will earn a ton of cash after today.

The minimum each fighter will earn is $100million for Floyd Mayweather and $30million for Conor McGregor. However, if PPV revenue stays in line with the Mayweather-Pacquiao bout back in 2015, the fight purse is likely to be worth some $300million, with total revenues at $700million. Wow, that is more than enough for one to live a lifetime of luxury! So, before the bets go out for today’s fight, let’s have a quick overview of both fighters:

 

Known as “Pretty Boy” early in his career for his unmarked face, Mayweather, with his fast, precise style, won the national Golden Gloves in 1993, 1994 and 1996. Mayweather turned professional on October 11, 1996. Simply put, He is a five-division world champion, having won 15 world titles and the lineal championship in four different weight classes (twice at welterweight), and is undefeated in his professional career. Mayweather has generated approximately 19.5 million in PPV buys and $1.3 billion in revenue throughout his career, surpassing the likes of former top PPV attractions including Mike Tyson, Evander Holyfield, Lennox Lewis, Oscar De La Hoya, and Manny Pacquiao.

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Connor is an Irish professional mixed martial artist and professional boxer who is currently signed to the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). He is the reigning UFC Lightweight Champion, and former UFC Featherweight Champion. During his mixed martial arts (MMA) career, McGregor has competed as a featherweight, lightweight, and welterweight. As of 2017, McGregor is ranked 3rd on UFC’s Pound for Pound rankings. McGregor has established himself as the biggest pay-per-view (PPV) draw in MMA history as he has main-evented four out of the six highest selling pay-per-view events in UFC history.

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As you see, both are accomplished fighters. And both are highly watched and anticipated everytime they have a fight. So it is no wonder why today’s match is as hyped as their previous bouts. It is also worth noting that Connor is jumping ship from MMA and Floyd just stepped out of his retirement. But before you go and pick whose side you’ll be willing to put your bet on, let’s take a look at what boxing can teach us a thing or two about life. If you are like me who’s a “TRY ATHLETE”… meaning, you try every sports available even if your skills don’t match at all and just after the lessons you can get from one, and so here’s from boxing:

Lessons You Can Learn From Boxing

Balance

Balancing is hard especially when you got someone punching your head. Well, boxing teaches balance. It teaches you to move your head and feet swiftly so you don’t get knocked out. When a boxer has balance, it is easier for him to counter attack. The same concept applies to life. If we know how to balance our lives and set our priorities right, we don’t get easily knocked down. If we stand firm in our beliefs and convictions, the punches of life won’t move us or knock us out.

Reaction

In boxing you need to read your opponent’s tendencies, patterns, and strategies in order to both defend yourself and attack. Each time your opponent throws a punch, it provides you with an opportunity to slip his advance and give a counter strike. If a boxer doesn’t have good reaction, he’ll endanger his life and the odds of winning his match. Reaction is a crucial component in life. We are defined by how we react to failure, success, and adversity. When life throws a punch, are you prepared to react in positive and productive ways? Reacting properly toward our adversity in life will increase your chances of success.

Practice and Preparation

Every time a fight is scheduled, it begins the months of preparation for a fighter. The daily grind and exercises, the stricter diet and a more disciplined lifestyle takes place. Every fighter is dedicated to perfection. Every fighter’s motivation is to get better before the actual fight. In our lives, we all have dreams and ambitions, and like everyone, we all must start at the bottom. Life does not give things easily, we have to work hard for them. If we want to achieve something, we have got to work for it. Our dreams will only be as big as our hard work and dedication. If we don’t then we should not expect to win.

Life is a fight in which our opponent is fear, adversity, failure, and anything standing between us and our dreams. Navigating the fight with preparation, proper reaction, and a balanced life will help set the framework for a success.

So, as we all watch today’s fight, let’s also take note of how Floyd Mayweather and Connor Mcgreggor applied the above to win today’s match. Good luck to both fighters and I hope you put your “money” on the better fighter. Enjoy!

 

About The Author

Wendell is a "TRY athlete". He tries every sports. From basketball, to boxing, to beer pong. A businessman by day, a husband and a father by night. A self confessed Oleia Topical Oil user everyday.

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