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Entrepreneur Lessons From Mayweather vs. McGregor

August 27, 2017


I’m no fan of boxing.

I’ve got a good friend who was a Golden Gloves fighter. Today, in his 50s, he has almost zero short-term memory. As an example, we can take a five-minute ride and he’ll literally forget where we’re going.

Too many shots to the head.

Still, I respect the people who do the sport and there is a lot to learn from it…

The Money Fight

Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs. Conor McGregor was a professional boxing match between undefeated 11-time, five-division professional boxing world champion Floyd Mayweather Jr. and two-division mixed martial arts world champion and, at-the-time current UFC Lightweight Champion, Conor McGregor.

The match took place at the T-Mobile Arena in Paradise, Nevada on August 26, 2017.

How much money was involved? According to the Nevada State Athletic Commission, Mayweather was guaranteed $100 million and McGregor was guaranteed $30 million. ESPN reported two separate $1 million bets on Mayweather and the total amount of bets was estimated to be $80 million.

The Entrepreneur Lesson

McGregor outlanded Mayweather, 51-40, in the first half. In the second, Mayweather dominated, 130-60.

MMA fights are five, five-minute rounds. Professional boxing matches are 12, three-minutes rounds.

Both sports have a minute to rest between rounds. Still, while you have “more rest” in boxing, if the fight goes the distance, you’re fighting for 36 minutes as opposed to 25.

That’s how Mayweather won — stamina.

And this is how entrepreneurs win. Keep showing up, exhaust your competition, and then finish the job.

McGregor’s after-the-fight comment about Mayweather said it best… “He’s not that fast, he’s not that powerful, but boy is he composed.”

You don’t have to be fast, flashy, or loud. Just keep showing up with your head in the game.

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