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The Money Fight was one exciting competition

This is my first article since pseudo retiring from sports writing. I’m still a sports journalist, but for many reasons, I’ve de-emphasized actually writing. A lot of it has to do with how sports writing is no longer just sports commentary; it’s become very political; with just about every discussion having to turn into something about race or class or finances or some sort of social conflict. That is why it is both interesting and refreshing that my first article back is about The Money Fight.

Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor was a fight put together for all of the worst reasons and the billed up became uncomfortable, filled with racist comments, calling people out about their finances and legal troubles. It wasn’t about the matchup of a future Hall of Fame boxer and a UFC champion.

But here I am the morning after the big fight, and all I can think of is how entertaining the fight was. It was amazing to watch, and it wasn’t because of the drama, it was because of the actual display for the sweet science.

I’ve always respected McGregor as a fighter, but I’m not a huge fan of his. I don’t like that he loud-mouthed his way to a championship opportunity and fame. That isn’t his fault, but nobody beats the 25th-ranked fighter in a division and gets a title shot after. He eventually would have gotten a title shot, but he should not have passed Frankie Edgar and Cub Swanson for those deserved title shots. Then, he shouldn’t have been able to hold divisions hostage and given preferential treatment like he had been. He’s a great self-promoter, and so is Mayweather, but the difference if Mayweather earned all of his success in boxing by being great and beating everybody.

I expected nothing but an awkward and terrible display from McGregor. I expected an embarrassment of the sport that led to a payday for a guy who wasn’t a boxer but talked his way into a fight that so many other well-trained boxers who have dedicated their lives to the sport did not get.

But I will have to say, McGregor surprised me with how good he looked. I fully expected him to gas out and get knocked out, but on my unofficial scorecard, I think he won the first five rounds of the fight. He wasn’t the awkward fighter I thought he would be, trying to swing wild to hurt Mayweather. He was trying to outbox one of the greatest of all times and looked good trying to do it. He didn’t play his mind games and scream in the ring. He looked like a determined fighter trying to win, not clown around.

Eventually, though, he did tire. Even in the octagon, McGregor always fatigued. In a boxing ring, where the fight is a lot longer, and there are no opportunities to grapple and catch your breath by going down on the mat, he was going to tire. In the ninth round, McGregor’s legs were gone, and by the 10th round, he couldn’t even defend himself. Mayweather was fresh as a daisy. Maybe the reason Mayweather was so inactive those first five rounds was to let McGregor expend all his energy. However, after the fifth round, he turned it on and looked quick and strong and was hitting his shots with great accuracy.

I do think the fight was stopped a little early, but even if they allowed the fight to keep going, that would have been the result. McGregor was getting pummeled, he didn’t defend himself for about a minute and a half and just took clean shot after clean shot to the face. It would have been a situation where they felt the need to protect an inexperienced fighter in a fight that never should have been sanctioned. He should have been given a bit more time before they called that because he wasn’t hurt, but I could see why they could see that result was coming, so why let McGregor get hurt.

Regardless, the fight that was built on every sport of deadly sin there is, turned out to be one enjoyable and fun night of boxing.

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Corey Johns

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You could say Corey was born to become a sports journalist. His father won a national championship coaching college soccer. His mother is a baseball fanatic who hasn't missed seeing an Orioles game since 1983 (literally, sometimes it's annoying). His great uncle was a big-time boxing promoter and his maternal grandfather was once a department head at the Baltimore Sun. Basically, sports and journalism run through his blood. He played just about every little league sports there was when he was a kid and was a multi-sport athlete in high school; even playing in the first-ever high school sanction Rugby game in the country. Eventually he retired from sports as an undefeated Maryland state Rugby champion as a high school senior. Perhaps lack of athletic talent has more to do with the retirement, but he will tell you that it more had to do with a great desire to jump right into media. Upon his graduation from University of Maryland, Baltimore County as a triple communications major, Corey started the So Much Sports network and has continued to grow his websites and continues to work to make them premier sports media outlets.

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