You probably saw the title of this article and viewed it as must read TV in a sense- and you’re probably right. I’d read it too (even though I have no idea where I’m going with this), if for no other reason then knowing a fight between Floyd Mayweather and Ronda Rousey would be the ultimate form of guilty pleasure. Its technically not something we should want to see – but something we’d feet we needed to see, all the while complaining about the merits of it.
But this is 2015 and the world has changed, as the unthinkable has, more or less become- “think again”.
From Bruce [turned Caitlyn] Jenner’s standing ovation at the ESPY’s (celebrating and accepting the famous male track and field star’s transition to a woman), to the historic ruling of same sex marriages all over the land, to a female coach on an NFL sideline — there’s been a gradual chipping away at any form of a proverbial gender based double standard. It didn’t escape these eyes while watching (and enjoying) “Jurassic World”, when the filmmakers went out of their way to insert a female soldier in with a crew out to deal with the terrifying lizard. Not even surprisingly, he gouged and killed her ass with no discrimination whatsoever.
So when Rousey mocks Floyd with “I wonder how Floyd feels being beat by a woman for once”, this could be a set-up for something rather real. Beginning in late January of this year, Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao gave us quite a few signs of just how boring a match-up between the two of them would be.
We just didn’t read the signs.
There was nothing particularly exciting about the two of them at that Miami Heat game, in as much as it was just exciting to see them together. They were corny at their “meeting” at Pac’s hotel, where Floyd secretly taped that meeting with, err, “honor”. They sucked again at the press conference in March, saying or doing nothing to justify what you would be suckered into spending on May 2. Ronda Rousey would’ve probably sucker punched a “WTF!?” looking Floyd Mayweather to the delight of millions of women who hate him around the world.
Let it had been her at Fatburger in Atlanta when things went down instead of T.I. last year. It is very conceivable that Tip’s “What you know about that” would’ve been playing when the paramedics carted Floyd away after being armbar’d and maimed by Rousey in a street fight, before she herself was upended and pounded by Floyd’s goons (trust me I’ve encountered them, it’s like being confronted by Boba Fett and Chewbacca).
While May and Pac traded no punches – verbal or real – around each other (only when away via the punk-ass social media or Sportscenter route), May and Ro-Ro seem like they would “Turn Up” in either a ring or an Octagon. They don’t like each other at all and its fairly obvious she wouldn’t mind fighting him (or maybe even just wants to). But questions persists, and for starters, is this wrong? I think it is, but then again, we’d have to consider where society seems to be taking us. Since we’re in the domestic and continental U.S. (the standard in capitalism still), what’s been brewing between Rousey and Mayweather is at least a domestic dispute which could turn into a very lucrative form of domestic violence.
Ironically enough, all of it is really being pushed by Rousey, who has almost chided Floyd into a fight publicly, sneering at him with any opportunity she’s had, while giving us every indication that she’d start removing jewelry and looking for a mouthpiece if she saw Floyd live. Would Floyd — the poster boy for being a woman beater after Ray Rice’ing multiple women over the course of his life, be wrong if he caught Ronda with a 1-2 after the whole world saw her hit him first (assuming she bitch slapped slapped him as Floyd did the practice fight dummy pretending it was Manny)?
The questions persist.
Where are we going as a society if something like this were to be sanctioned to take place? What happens next- dual sex bathrooms everywhere? I mean, does a woman really want to see a guy pissing in a urinal? Call me a hopeless traditionalist, but I do believe in certain double standards as it relates to men and women, and I always will. The guy should open her door when they pull up to the restaurant and pull out her chair before she sits down. He should absolutely pay for dinner. He should also be kept away from competing against her in any combat sport – forever – and under no circumstances should he ever strike her with harmful intent.
But I am not the Nevada State Athletic Commission, nor am I naïve enough to believe that the developers of the colossal new MGM Grand International (which will surpass the home of the Dallas Cowboys for how spectacular it is) will give a damn about anything other than the most “Money” making event for the Las Vegas product by way of Grand Rapids, MI in 2016.
Read the signs.
Many of them, what with all the banter between Rousey and Mayweather – as impossible, or even as laughable as it may seem, can lead to a very real scenario where they do indeed fight. That was Floyd with a shovel helping to break new ground on the MGM International when construction started – a clear indication he’ll fight there in 2016. Let’s just say its against Rousey at this new Roman Coliseum in Sin City (the same Rousey fight ESPN was clearly instigating when they had him in studio last week). Can you imagine the type of verbal exchanges and tension they’d provide at press events???
Don’t think Ronda wouldn’t piss off Floyd with some of the things she’s capable of saying and vice/versa? Don’t think you wouldn’t press “BUY” on your remote control for $100 if they fought? Sure you would. And as much as many of you will tell me I’m wrong about the result of either confrontation between May and Ro-Ro, I truly hope that none of us gets the chance to be right.
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Floyd Mayweather vs. Ronda Rousey, in a 12 round championship boxing match
It would be enough to make any ringside announcer calling the fight very uncomfortable and Howard Cosell would turn over in his grave. I can’t see a scenario where Floyd could possibly win anything in any way with this fight. He would be vilified and hung to a cross in a way that had nothing to do with mankind’s salvation, because in a very real sense he would crucify Rousey in a traditional prizefight.
Assuming Floyd was fully committed to the task and went about the business of doing his job, he’d come directly at Rousey behind a high guard defense, never run from her at all, still be invisible while directly in front of her, and ultimately force her to back up. Floyd would never allow Ronda to land anything, while her crude technique and sloppy footwork would turn her into sloppy seconds mere minutes into this non-contest.
He would assault her in a way that – though legal – would almost still warrant jail consideration. Ronda would be a C version of the late Arturo Gatti in there with Mayweather, and she’d fight him in a more aggressive way than did Ricky Hatton or Marcos Maidana in their first fight. She would do this because, she clearly doesn’t respect him at all and believes she could take his punch. She really can’t, although she would will herself to. The problem for her would come from the fact that she would be immediately broken up by Floyd’s “Butler”, referee Kenny Bayless, the minute she got her hands on Floyd.
Though they are roughly an inch apart in height (Floyd is about 5’8 while Ronda is 5’7) and about 10lbs apart in weight (she would go say 140 to his 150 on fight night), as a man, he has 30% more muscle capacity than she does, way more striking speed, and is deadly accuracy. She would try to force the fight inside and make it ugly, but all she would do is catch body shots and uppercuts from the best pure boxer on the planet. Floyd would completely rearrange her features over 3 rounds – which has only gone this far because she’s so tough and stubborn – before her corner decides enough is enough and puts an end things.
This is about the most logical conclusion I can come up with, but it would NEH-VER HAPPEN. However, this other scenario can happen, and here’s where things get reeeeeeeeally interesting (insert evil smile and start rubbing your hands together).
Rousey Ronda vs. Floyd Mayweather, in a 5 round UFC championship bout
In as much as Ronda would be in Floyd’s wheelhouse in a boxing match, the world’s best female MMA fighter and its most lethal overall fighter, would have Floyd in her bedroom and introduce him to sado-masochism. Though “Money” talks, he would walk right into what his narcissistic and sexist mindset believes to be bull**** and get handcuffed, balled and chained. Ronda would put Floyd in a bowl, toss his salad, pick him apart and scatter him all over the Octagon while removing him from every ounce of dressing.
I know what some of you are thinking… “But he’s a man and there’s no way she could do that to Floyd!!!”. Oh yes- she can, and she would. No doubt pissed off about what started it all (a little over a year ago, Floyd infamously and sarcastically remarked “I don’t know who he is” referring to Rousey), I don’t think Floyd – or many people – really understand who she is.
The 2008 Beijing Olympic Bronze Medalist was born with an umbilical wrapped tightly around her neck, causing severe neurological damage which gave her apraxia, a speech disorder, which rendered her mute for the first 7 years of her life. This woman is a fighter from birth. Her mother, AnnMaria Da Mars, was an incredible martial artist in the discipline of Judo, and was the first U.S. citizen – male or female – to win a World Judo Championship. Her biological father committed suicide when she turned 8, shortly after she began to speak. She was devastated. Somewhere between her mother’s love and resolve and her stepfather’s balance (who is an aerospace engineer- basically a rocket scientist) we see glimpses into who Rousey is and why.
Before every match she considers all of this, carries with her the resentment of that bronze medal just like Floyd does the one he received in 1996, and stares at her opponent like she wants to put a permanent end to a lifelong feud. None of this is good for Floyd Mayweather in an Octagon with Rousey.
She would start very fast against Mayweather, like she does with anyone, and Bayless wouldn’t be around to save him. No matter if Floyd had a year to prepare for Rousey, it wouldn’t be enough time to undo all he knows how to do — which is all above ground and related to hands. I doubt very seriously if Floyd has ever been in an actual street fight and that’s what this would be. Boxers are not designed for the type of frontal assaults she’d subject him to as a Judo and ground expert.
Floyd would not get out of the first round, in fact, Rousey would position a helpless Mayweather’s arm for her famous and lethal armbar, breaking it as Floyd screamed all over the arena, as Rousey rose to roars from the entire planet. What a sight it would be to bear witness to this happening to Floyd- but it would. It would also be a fight that would absolutely smash the record revenue just set by Mayweather/Pacquiao on PPV.
Afterwards, Rousey would walk over to Mayweather, who’s crying wildly, and hit him in the head with a box of Kleenex. But before leaving she would drop “Yo Floyd, I’ma holla at you when you get fixed up. I just made 300 million in less than 3:00 minutes bruh.”