The Conor McGregor vs Floyd Mayweather discussion is probably the silliest thing happening in sports right now, but at least we have fake video games to help settle the debate.
Context: Conor McGregor is the biggest male draw in the UFC by miles. Floyd Mayweather might be boxing's last major draw. Current talk has them facing off in a bizarre boxing match that makes no sense.
At first it was a hypothetical, now it's inching closer to reality. Both Conor and Floyd want the fight -- we think -- but are currently arguing over who gets the most obscene pile of cash. First Conor demanded 100 million to make the move to boxing. Then UFC boss offered Floyd $25 million and Floyd called him a 'comedian' for presenting such a piddling sum.
It's all a bit weird. Mixed Martial Arts is completely different from boxing in just about every possible sense. Despite his heavy hands and pristine timing, Conor would almost certainly be destroyed by Floyd in a boxing ring. Floyd himself would be completely lost in a fight that included kicks and ground fighting.
Floyd would never agree to an MMA fight, but Conor McGregor is crazy enough (and confident enough) to take a boxing match against arguably the greatest defensive boxer in the sport's history. At this point, I'd guess this fight has a 50% chance of actually happening and that's terrifying.
Anyway, I'd imagine the fight would look a lot like this Punch Out!! parady. It gets plenty right:
-- Conor tiring in the second round then miraculously finding a second wind.
-- Conor hitting like a freight train.
-- Floyd hugging a lot.
-- Floyd being practically impossible to hit clean.
Yep, the real fight has a damn good chance of being exactly like this.