MayGregor: The Greatest Show on Dearth

By Joe Masterleo on July 13, 2017
MayGregor: The Greatest Show on Dearth
Floyd has nothing to prove and even less to gain by fighting and humiliating McGregor.

Not since Jim Thorpe played an American Indian in western movies has a high caliber athlete stooped to such abject buffoonery…

Floyd Mayweather doesn’t need this. His ego does. Yet separating this man from his ego is like separating the dance from the dancer, the forest from the trees—or better yet, Siamese twins sharing the same heart and kidneys. To do so, I’m afraid, would quite literally kill them both. If there is a “both.” In fact, the very name “Floyd Mayweather Jr.” has long-since become synonymous with ego, not “money” (which doubles as his ring name)—the two being seamlessly joined. Absolutely and resolutely so, a marriage that even death may never divide asunder.

As THE consummate boxer of the modern era, and five-division world champion, Mayweather (49-0) has nothing to prove and even less to gain by fighting (and humiliating) Conor McGregor, an MMA blowhard with no professional boxing experience. Then why step in the ring again? Answer: Ego fuels performers like Mayweather the way a drug of choice fuels/rules an addict. They can’t stay away from it, at least not for long. Not without an intermittent fix. Keeps the best of them from “hangin’ em up” with once-and-for-all resolve and contentment. It’s the way their wheels turn. Keeps them looking in the rear-view mirror, and that with little insight—or foresight. And they can’t be talked out of it. No, wait, they WON’T be talked out of it. Partly because they wouldn’t otherwise know who they were if they didn’t do what they did. Besides, a man convinced against his will is of the same opinion still.

How many times have we witnessed this in athletes? Let us count the ways.

Notwithstanding, Floyd will inevitably stoop to an all-time ring low vs. McGregor, forever sealing the deal of being the richest and most inflated ego (ever) in all of sport. Says here, in further debasing himself by fighting McGregor, Mayweather also drags boxing down several notches, as if the sport needed it. At the same time, it elevates the questionable, savage and appropriately “caged” sport of MMA (if such is possible), giving this Neanderthal endeavor more credibility. Boxing and boxers need to go a-whoring the way Donald Trump needs more lies, the way Lady Gaga needs more unseemly threads, the way Denis Rodman needs more tattoos. No class here. Not a shard.

Truth be told, Ego never met a Self, or its mirrored image, that it wasn’t head-over-heels for. And in McGregor, Floyd clearly sees the reflection of his own image. And narcissism? It means never, ever, ever being wrong or admitting error or regret.

As for McGregor? This opportunist knows a big pay-day when he sees one. As if either brash multi-gazillionaire pugilist needed one. And that’s about all this Irish pug will walk away with, save perhaps with a more ripened cauliflower-bloom in each ear to match the pulpy mess decorating his post-fight mug like so much bloody cake-frosting. Yep, the whole shebang is about ego alright, that of the pure and unadulterated kind. 

Despite the current four-city hype-tour, call the main event what you will. But puh-leeze, don’t mention this absurdity in the same breath as the word “sport.” I mean, it’s not even entertainment. Rather, it promises to be a fistic laugher between two ego-mutants of the most distinctively peculiar kind.

As for Mayweather, not since Jim Thorpe played an American Indian in western movies has a high caliber athlete stooped to such abject buffoonery.

Aside from the late P.T. Barnum (who most surely would have been first in line to shill this bizarre happening come August 26 in Vegas) what MayGregor is missing is nothing less than boxing substance. A glaring void that promises to make this fiasco THE modern-day, anti-Barnum promotional miscarriage of its kind.

Call it The Greatest Show on Dearth.

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  1. tony d 12:03pm, 07/15/2017

    the way trump needs more lies masterleo? you must mean the way Obama needs more lies joe what a shame old loe is a libtard! trump doesn’t lie that’s the problem he tells the truth and we all know the last thing a liberal democrat wants to hear is the truth! lib!

  2. Kevin 03:26pm, 07/14/2017

    “And they can’t be talked out of it. No, wait, they WON’T be talked out of it. Partly because they wouldn’t otherwise know who they were if they didn’t do what they did. “
    -Couldn’t agree more!
    “Boxing and boxers need to go a-whoring the way Donald Trump needs more lies, the way Lady Gaga needs more unseemly threads, the way Denis Rodman needs more tattoos”
    -Well said!
    Somehow, Mayweather has found an opponent to deliver him a purse larger than one he could receive by fighting any real boxer out there. Even more unbelievable, Conor has talked his way into fighting the most notable boxer of the last decade or two without having any professional boxing experience! Before the press conferences, I had never heard McGregor speak much except for small blips. After watching a snipet of the one in Brooklyn, I hope I never have to hear anything out of his mouth again. It is hard for me to feel anything but pity for these two after degrading my brain for almost 20 minutes listening to those two share an altar of self worship. At least Jim Thorpe needed money, these two’s egos (as you state much more eloquently)  need a constant stroking. A stroking no purse will ever pacify.

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