There's a line at the end of "Rocky III" that sums up everything you might need to know about the upcoming Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor superfight.
As old foes Rocky and Apollo circle each other in a dusty ring in an empty gym, preparing to playfully spar, Creed, with a half-deadly serious, half-tongue-in-cheek twinkle in his eye, says to Balboa: "You got to remember now, you fight great, but I'm a great fighter." In reality, however, in 2017, when bluster, bravado and trash talk all too often reign supreme over history, facts, common sense, and truth, the upcoming fight between MMA fighter Conor McGregor and boxer Floyd Mayweather is much more than just a guy who fights great versus a great fighter. No, no, no -- this fight has all the makings of some good ol' professional RASSLIN'!
If you're going to compare this clash of combat sports titans to the WWE simply based on a boatload of hype and a few cringe-worthy promos cut between the two during the lengthy lead up to the fight, you're drastically underselling what the WWE does, and the potential of what this fight could become if Vince McMahon put the full promotional force of his sports entertainment spectacle machine behind this behemoth. So with just about two weeks to go before the bell rings on Aug. 26 at the T-Mobile arena in Las Vegas, here's how it could have played out over the course of just one month in a running diary, had Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor had the foresight to allow the WWE to handle what they do best.
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Now they just follow a tradition. Diehard wrestling fans are going to watching regardless, but when it comes to WrestleMania, they try to put on a show that'll be appealing to casual wrestling fans and maybe even people that never were wrestling fans to begin with. A lot of grew up watching wrestling, but some people didn't.