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On McGregor-Mayweather

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[1]On Saturday, August 26th, undefeated all-time boxing great Floyd Mayweather will fight Irish mixed martial arts champion Conor McGregor. The fight, which is on track to become the biggest pay-per-view event in history [2], will be a boxing match despite McGregor’s never having boxed professionally in his life. It is generating unprecedented excitement across the world. Ordering the pay-per-view will cost around $100, close to double what these things normally cost. Tickets for the fight in Las Vegas are running as low as $2,500.

As we all know, Mayweather is black and McGregor white. Emanating from all the hoopla surrounding this matchup is the anxiety which stirs the cauldron of racial pride, or burns it like an ulcer. Only in combat sports does this appear in its purest forms. Undefeated white heavyweight James Jeffries coming out of retirement to take on the great Negro champion Jack Johnson in 1910 and power-hitting Gerry Cooney challenging the preternaturally durable black champion Larry Holmes in 1982 are two prominent examples. But racial, ethnic, and national pride is everywhere in combat sports, especially in Latin America. Due to their predominance in boxing, it’s difficult for American blacks to ride the crest of this wave since so many of their opponents are also black. But when a non-black, non-Hispanic fighter attains legitimate preeminence, he often carries with him millions of fans who feverishly identify with him. Manny Pacquiao and Ricky Hatton are two recent examples. This is usually enough to bring all blacks worldwide behind a single fighter when he takes on whitey or anyone else.

While these instincts are suppressible, they are also inescapable in the world of combat sports.

The odd thing about the upcoming Mayweather-McGregor fight, however, is that it really is not about race. Absolutely no white identitarian, advocate, or nationalist should put his racial pride on the line for this fight. That would be foolish for two reasons. One, the fight is more about money than anything else. And two, it’s a scam, a stunt dressed up as a competitive and meaningful ass-kicking contest. I’m not saying the fight is fixed. But looked at objectively, it has all the hallmarks of a man-vs-bear wrestling match people used to hold under circus tents. It has no real meaning beyond its own grand spectacle. At 49-0, the recently un-retired Floyd Mayweather has no belt on the line. And at 21-3, McGregor is riding a less-than-gaudy 2-fight winning streak in the Ultimate Fighting Championship. He is not a boxing contender and has done absolutely nothing besides run his mouth to prove that he belongs in the ring with Mayweather. Furthermore, he is risking concussive injury in fighting Mayweather, which could impede his future success in the UFC. This is one reason why UFC president Dana White typically forbids UFC fighters from fighting outside of his organization. So there is nothing to be gained by staging this fight, except money. Lots and lots of money.

On paper, this fight is a mismatch. Perhaps at forty, Mayweather is somewhat past his prime. He hasn’t scored a knockout in nearly six years and is coming off a two-year layoff. Still, he has been fighting well over his natural lightweight limit since 2004, has defeated five or six legitimate hall of famers and quite a few more champions, and is perhaps the pound-for-pound greatest boxer of all time.

(That gasping sound you hear is the editors of Ring Magazine collectively clutching their pearls upon reading this.)

McGregor, on the other hand, has never even boxed in the amateurs and was on his way to getting knocked out by punches from Nate Diaz in at UFC 196 in March 2016 when he went for an ill-conceived takedown and got submitted. So it’s not like he isn’t hittable. And even though McGregor won the rematch with Diaz by decision, it was extremely close and could have gone either way. As much as I would like to see McGregor win, I predict Mayweather will toy with his man and stop him inside of six rounds. McGregor does have power and accuracy and could get lucky with a knockout punch. But if absolute killers like Manny Pacquaio, Marcos Maidana, Canelo Alvarez, Miguel Cotto, Shane Mosely, Juan Manuel Marquez, Ricky Hatton, Zab Judah, Oscar De La Hoya, José Luis Castillo, and Diego Corrales couldn’t get lucky against Mayweather, I have little reason to think Conor McGregor could.

McGregor’s only real chance is to hope that Mayweather takes him lightly and doesn’t train. And judging from this report [3], that hope might very well be justified. But as they said in the movie Deepwater Horizon, “Hope is not a tactic.”

This fight is not entirely without precedent. Yes, in the past, boxers have tried their hands at mixed martial arts with varying degrees of success. And yes, some mixed martial artists have middling pro-boxing records. But as far as I know, a marquee professional boxing champion has taken on a debuting fighter in serious competition only once before. In 1957, the once-beaten black heavyweight champion Floyd Patterson defended his title against Olympic boxing gold medalist Peter Rademacher [4]. Rademacher (who was white) performed much better than expected, winning the first round and decking Patterson in the second. But after that, he suffered seven knockdowns and was counted out in the sixth.

It was a mismatch. A 32-1-0 champion is not going to lose to a 0-0-0 contender, and race has nothing to do with that. If anything, the Patterson-Rademacher fight was less of a mismatch than what Mayweather-McGregor promises to be since Rademacher had greater boxing credentials than McGregor does. So from a pugilistic standpoint and from a racial standpoint, this fight has nothing to offer.

On the other hand, those of us who are white and identify as white can learn a lot from Conor McGregor. The man is fearless and pays little attention to the politically correct strictures with which our Marxist elites try to stifle white people these days. Like Hippocleides of Athens [5] dancing away his bride’s dowry, he just doesn’t care. With thousands of flag-waving Irishmen at his back and millions in the bank, why should he? Conor McGregor, as Xenophon would put it, is “strong in soul.” He has immeasurable self-confidence, confidence that’s just impossible to fake. And as a trash-talker, he’s brilliant. It’s as if he dazzles his opponents with his irrepressible belief in himself, causing them to doubt themselves.

Conor McGregor so far has had two high-profile fights against black fighters. This one, and his December 2015 knockout win over long-time UFC featherweight boss Jose Aldo. That fight lasted thirteen seconds. The ease with which McGregor dispatched one of the most dominant and talented UFC champs in history is nothing less than astounding. Perhaps all the trash talk got under Aldo’s skin?

During the lead-up to the fight, the fighters held press conferences in various cities to hype it. During one of those meetings, McGregor claimed that had he encountered the Brazilian Aldo over a century ago, he would have “invaded his favela on horseback and killed anyone that was not fit to work [6].” So, here’s Conor McGregor putting himself in the shoes of a hard-nosed, colonizing invader of a country populated by brown people, and passing it off as a good thing. All to sell a prize fight.

Fast forward to March 2016 when he called the ever-truculent Nate Diaz “a little cholo gangster from the hood.” Then, during the Mayweather hype train earlier this year, McGregor put his white foot in it again. At one point when the two were verbally sparring onstage, Mayweather started to shadow box, and McGregor appeared to love it, saying, “Dance for me, boy! Dance for me! [7]

Yes, he actually said that. He actually called a black man ‘boy’ and told him to dance like he’s a twelve-year-old field slave doing a little step ‘em fetch ‘em for ol’ Massa sipping mint juleps on his porch swing. And no, there hasn’t been any blowback.

Well, there was this article [8] and others like it. But this is nothing. Folks have been grumbling about McGregor’s supposed racism and bigotry for some time now (while shying away from Mayweather’s [9]). But to borrow a great line from Camille Paglia, this has amounted to nothing more than hens in a cage going “cluck, cluck, cluck.”

They can yap all they want, but they’re not going stop the fight from happening and they’re not going to prevent Conor McGregor from collecting his seven-digit payday and blowing a good chunk of it on hookers, liquor, automobiles, or whatever it is he likes to spend his money on.

Why the feminista harridans in charge of academia and the media these days are not PMSing over Conor McGregor is anyone’s guess. Earlier this year, ESPN awarded Bruce/Caitlyn Jenner an ESPY for ‘courage’, and recently pulled an Asian commentator from a football game because he quite coincidentally shared a first and last name with a famous Confederate general. Yet they have refrained to condemn McGregor in the way the politically correct crew jumped on John Rocker [10], Curt Schilling [11], and other high-profile, right-of-center athletes who annoy them with straight talk. And this says nothing of what they did to Rush Limbaugh [12].

I can come up with three possible explanations for why a white man like Conor McGregor can so brazenly flaunt PC diktats in 2017 and get away with it like a spoiled child.

One reason is that everyone loves a winner. As long as he keeps knocking people out (eighteen of his twenty-one MMA wins came inside the distance), then most people are going to put up with his racism routine and pass it off as a novel and daring way to promote fights. And the man can talk. Listening to Conor McGregor dressing down his opponents during pre-fight press conferences is pure entertainment [13]. Against this, the leftist scolds in the media will have as much success as Jose Aldo did after his face crashed into a McGregor fist thirteen seconds into their fight.

Another reason is that McGregor’s so-called ‘victims’ never seem to mind too much when he racially belittles them. Neither Aldo nor Diaz nor Mayweather ever once seemed fazed that McGregor said what he said. So if the people bearing the brunt of McGregor’s insults aren’t getting too bent out of shape over it, then it’s hard for other people to. Of course, this is only because Conor McGregor is a superstar, and any fighter who fights him these days can retire a wealthy man. I would bet that McGregor could call Mayweather a nigger to his face on national television and Mayweather still wouldn’t overreact. You pay a man enough, and he can set his ego aside as far as you want him to.

The final reason for Conor McGregor’s free pass probably has more relevance to the Alt Right than any of the others. The world of MMA is inherently masculine and is at this point largely controlled by whites. And this is despite the fairly recent inclusion of women’s MMA and the presence of many high-profile black mixed martial artists. As such, there is little SJW convergence going on at the UFC, Bellator, the World Series of Fighting, or other MMA organizations. The fan base doesn’t care too much about that sort of thing, and neither, apparently, do the brass. Therefore, they are insulated somewhat from that PC rot which is creeping through so much of our culture. At the Republican National Convention, UFC president Dana White spoke out in support of Donald Trump [14], and neither he nor his brand suffered as a result. During the Berkeley riots earlier this year, submission specialist and MMA veteran Jake Shields stood up to Antifa [15] as they were terrorizing the streets. UFC commentator Joe Rogan is also fairly edgy as far as mainstream personalities go, having invited Milo Yiannopoulos and Gavin McInnes onto his popular podcast.

As a matter of fact, in 2010, as he was commentating the Ben Rothwell-Gilbert Yvel tilt at UFC 115, Rogan referred to Yvel, who is black, as a “savage.” He meant it as a compliment. Here is the full quote: “He is tough as nails. I mean, he really is a savage.” And then three or four sentences later, he refers to Yvel’s very white opponent Rothwell as a “gorilla.” Of course, none of this matters to our leftist betters who are always on the lookout for politically incorrect white men to scalp. Had HBO fight commentator Jim Lampley ever referred to Floyd Mayweather or any other black fighter as a “savage” he would have swiftly been out of a job. Yet Rogan got away with it, just like Conor McGregor gets away with it, over and over again.

So there must be something in the air surrounding MMA, something healthy and strong. Something that resists history and gives hope to those of us who see the decline of Western civilization for what it is. Conor McGregor, outspoken white man that he is, represents the best of that and should be admired for the powerful way in which he believes in himself and his people.

This is something we should all remember, regardless of what happens on Saturday night.