What If Floyd Mayweather Loses?

I understand that I am asking readers to consider a near-impossible scenario. The boxing skill gap between Conor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather is so massive, the fight should be thought of similarly to Alabama playing an FCS school in Tuscaloosa. In the ring, McGregor is Floyd's worst opponent, by far. It is laughable to give this fight expert analysis outside of McGregor's "puncher's chance."

But. What if...

What if Floyd loses?

I am not including strategy and the course of the fight over however many rounds it lasts. Within the realm of boxing and sports, as well as sports entertainment, what does a McGregor victory—more importantly, a Mayweather loss—mean?

The answer has many tangents. The highly-covered build-up to the August 26th bout has included several explosive press conferences around the world. There have been stare-downs, cheers, jeers, scores of profanity, lowbrow insults and everything else one can implement from a WWE tutorial on how to sell a match. This is necessary because, once again, there is a low expectation of much in-excitement. Most believe Mayweather will easily dispose of McGregor.

What if he doesn't? Does that slam the door shut on the idea of boxing being able to resurrect its image and return to prominence? Someone as brilliant as Floyd, the best defensive fighter ever, losing to a man in his secondary sport could permanently shatter any remaining purity the sweet science may still have.

Can Conor McGregor kill boxing?

The short answer is no. The longer answer is also no. While there has yet to be someone as equally great and vilified in boxing since Floyd retired, the sport will always have talent. We recently witnessed two amazing brawls between Andre Ward and Sergey Kovalev, and those of us who love boxing anticipate Canelo Alvarez and Gennady Golovkin to captivate us, too. One principle remains true for all sports: no one man can stop the show.

Through microphone showmanship alone, Mayweather-McGregor will have a noted place in history, whether or not the actual fight is spectacular. However, we can certainly also muse over the idea of a boxing realm after a Mayweather loss. I can fantasize about pillars in the world of the squared circle crumbling as McGregor stands triumphant in the ring.

But none of this matters because Floyd will demolish McGregor.

Right?

4 Replies to “What If Floyd Mayweather Loses?”

  1. Can CONOR McGREGOR kill BOXING??? NO. The SPORT itself is larger than any one individual participant, or, champion. HOWEVER; you DO raise a most intriguing question. What if Floyd MAYWEATHER loses??? He WON'T. But; what IF??? Ultimately; if that happens, what will happen, is what ALWAYS happens. The legacy that he has built will be entirely judged by this ONE bout.

    1. Well I did answer your first question in the article. As you judging Floyd for this one fight, sure. There will be a contingency of casual fans that will make a mockery of him and thus boxing as a whole. I think more hardcore fans will smell the fix and be disappointed.

      1. YES. You DID answer my question. I was NOT attempting to claim otherwise. However; because of the previous TSFJ article, "MAYWEATHER vs McGREGOR is for YOUR ENTERTAINMENT ONLY...", and; understanding why this fight is happening vs. my personal bias that this fight should not be happening, I really do wonder about the possible longterm residual affects that a Floyd Mayweather loss would have on the sport. THANK YOU for allowing my comment.

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