On Saturday, the second-biggest boxing event of the year took place when Canelo Alvarez finally fought Gennady Golovkin after years of build up. In most other years, this fight would have been the unquestioned event of the year. However, it happened to take place in the same year as the Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor superfight. And though MayMac is almost a month in the rear-view mirror, “The Money Fight” still casts a shadow over every other combat sports event in the world.
On the most recent edition of The Joe Rogan Experience, UFC commentator Joe Rogan did a fight companion to coincide with UFC Pittsburgh and the Alvarez-Golovkin fight card, and the conversation inevitably turned to McGregor and Mayweather, with Rogan suggesting that McGregor has a future in professional boxing, possibly even a rematch with Mayweather.
“He’s f**king Floyd Mayweather,” said Rogan. “He’s one of if not the best boxer ever and Conor did catch him with a couple things. . . They should [rematch]. Why not? I think Conor would have to beat somebody good in a boxing match and he would also have to have a real training camp.”
McGregor’s performance far surpassed the expectations of many with McGregor winning early rounds against Mayweather until the boxing legend came on strong as the fight progressed. But even more important than his improved boxing, McGregor showcased the most important skill in prizefighting: the ability to make people spend money. MayMac broke the PPV buy record in the U.K. and sold 6.5 million Pay-Per-View buys according to some reports. The ability to draw those types of numbers makes McGregor an enticing proposition for any professional boxer, possibly even Canelo Alvarez who is the biggest draw in boxing at the moment. Rogan at least thinks it’s a possibility and one that would get McGregor back into the ring.
“I don’t think [Conor is done boxing]. Look, he went the very first fight against the greatest ever and he didn’t look too bad. If there’s a legit, big fight – say if Canelo Alvarez steps up and says that he wants to fight Conor McGregor, [Conor] might do it.”
Canelo went to a controversial draw with Golovkin on Saturday and a rematch seems likely though not guaranteed. Alvarez could determine he’d rather take the perceived easier payday than rematch a man many thought beat him. Similarly, Golovkin might also jump at the chance to face a relative novice with the prospect of millions of dollars in PPV sales at the end. In either scenario, the financial incentives for all parties involved are enormous, though Rogan concludes by pointing out that there is one extremely large downside for McGregor: he has to take a beating significantly worse than the one he suffered from Mayweather.
“It wouldn’t be a smart move. The difference between Canelo and Floyd – Floyd was just a brilliant boxer. Canelo is a murderous puncher and he’ll f**k you up. He’ll hurt you.
“[Golvokin] is not a good fight for him either. Neither Canelo nor Golvkin is a good fight for him. They’re terrible fights for him. Those guys are different.”
Results. Luke Rockhold beat up David Branch and the other UFC Pittsburgh results.
GSP. Rockhold sends a message to Georges St-Pierre to back out of UFC 217.
Compassion. Daniel Cormier calls for fans to “lay off” Jon Jones.
Politics. Brian Stann discussed his potential future in politics ahead of him.
Irma. Thiago Alves explained his decision to withdraw from UFC Pittsburgh bout.
One of the best KOs of the year.
Hard to argue against this.
Cormier explaining basic human decency on TMZ.
Mike Perry calling out McGregor because of course.
Eddie Alvarez has started a video channel.
Bobby Lashley defending JBJ.
Beatdown After the Bell. UFC Pittsburgh recap.
Bushido Talk. UFC Pittsburgh recap.
Severe MMA. UFC Pittsburgh recap.
SOCIAL MEDIA BOUILLABAISSE
Respect in the end. pic.twitter.com/N7qGNqN8Ki
— Luke Rockhold (@LukeRockhold) September 17, 2017
Bisping gonna Bisping.
This bitch won’t say my name come on mate, Don’t be so bitter @LukeRockhold
— michael (@bisping) September 17, 2017
Great win @LukeRockhold wanna come on my podcast Monday and discuss your future? @BYMPod @luisjgomez
— michael (@bisping) September 17, 2017
Luke Rockhold: “GSP, just walk away…” #UFCPittsburgh pic.twitter.com/kIw9GKGFVd
— The Spartan (@EliasTheodorou) September 17, 2017
Here is a man walking away. Farewell.
Thank u to all my family and friends for being a part of this journey. But, I think that was the last ride for the Freight Train. #Blessed
— Anthony Hamilton (@AHamilton_MMA) September 17, 2017
Chase Sherman has claimed the MMA Twitter belt.
I put money on Hamilton tonight….so the way I look at it me and spitz we’re gonna fight anyway.
— Chase Sherman (@ChaseShermanUFC) September 17, 2017
Hope they re-book this one.
I still have a ass whooping with @PlatinumPerry name on it. Don’t talk yourself out, you got a gift this weekend and you know it! #easywork
— Thiago Pitbull Alves (@ThiagoAlvesATT) September 17, 2017
Y’all know you wanna see me KO somebody in #Detroit ! @ufc Wonder who thinks they have what it takes #IdFightTwiceInANight
— Platinum Mike Perry (@PlatinumPerry) September 17, 2017
Conor found the perfect picture.
Boxing is a mad game. pic.twitter.com/Nyzywv8H7O
— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) September 17, 2017
Life can be such a roller coaster. I think sometimes you have to just take a moment and breathe it in. You never know what’s gonna come your way. You try and handle it the best way you can. One thing that has been amazing is the support from you the fans. I have never felt so much love. It’s crazy because this all happened when I lost. Guys now I call upon you to take a breathe, lay off of Jones. Let him and his team figure out what’s going on and what happened. I was down and some may have kicked me but the majority of you showed compassion and love. After the fight Jones showed compassion, regardless of what has happened as humans we must show compassion. Jon is not on this ride alone, remember this man has a family. Let’s respect that. You don’t show ur support for me by hurting others. Again I thank you for ur unbelievable support and I trust that you guys will come thru again. DC @layziethesavage
Jesse Taylor’s statement on his USADA struggles.
The truth will come to Light! I am just as shocked and surprised by this tragedy. Our Team is looking into this matter. Let due process do it work before judging on the matter. Those that know me know this is wrong. We will Fight this and I will be back. I am sorry to Aussie friends and fans but that fight is off due to to this matter I am very bummed but we will get to bottom of this. I’ll Be BaCk☝️
That’s a lot of awesome in one picture.
— Max Holloway (@BlessedMMA) September 17, 2017
Chuck helped a lot of us out through college.
Meet my new therapist Chuck we’ve made great strides tonight. pic.twitter.com/GyKDKUyJa7
— Forrest Griffin (@ForrestGriffin) September 18, 2017
Heather Hardy (1-0) vs. Kristina Williams (0-0) Bellator 185, Oct. 20.
Every second that he is on top of someone, Luke Rockhold is beating the unholy hell out of them. Legitimately may have the best ground game in MMA. Even Jacare doesn’t make people look as helpless as Rockhold does.
Hope y’all enjoyed the fights this weekend. We’re back at it for another fight weekend and the completely unexpected return of Yushin Okami to the UFC, this time as a light heavyweight. Should be interesting if nothing else.
Take it easy and see y’all tomorrow.
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