Mayweather’s Time to Shine: You Owe it to the Fans—and Yourself

By Christian Giudice on August 26, 2017
Mayweather’s Time to Shine: You Owe it to the Fans—and Yourself
You owe it to the fans. You owe it to yourself. You're a star. Now go out and act like one.

A victory over McGregor represents his last hurrah, whereas a loss represents the first visible stain on his Hall of Fame career…

Deep down Floyd Mayweather feels a pressure that is unlike any that he has experienced since he debuted in 1996. Back then his brilliance was on display for the rest of the world, when he virtually did anything he wanted in the ring. He was a wonder to watch. Now in 2017, Mayweather is coming off a two-year layoff and a forgettable farewell tour. The resentment still lingers from Pacquiao, and whether he cares or not is debatable. What does matter is perception, and with that comes a heavy burden.

A victory over McGregor represents his last hurrah, whereas a loss represents the first visible stain on his Hall of Fame career. The burden stems from the choice he made to fight McGregor. Since expectations are so high for him, he can no longer be reluctant and settle into his defensive mode and out of harm’s way. It’s time for him to shine. Be brilliant. You say you owe it to the fans. You owe it to yourself. You’re a star. Now go out and act like one.

You can’t afford not to.

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