Member Since: 10/25/09
There is one very real tangible issue that doesn't seem to get a lot of play regarding this fight.
Age is just a number, right? It might be and some guys can keep doing it even into their forties these days. But most athletes are out of the game looooong before 40.
And its a very rare athlete that would retire while they were still performing at their peak performance.
Floyd has obviously stated that he hated doing training camps. He clearly wasn't motivated anymore which would be why he left the game. Athletes retire because they can't handle the pain of training anymore. They get way more injuries than they did when they were younger.
And most of all - they lose a step. They slow down. They know that they can't perform at the level that they're used to and I would argue that this is the number one reason why most quit when they do...because they feel like they would lose (or are already losing) when playing competition that they would have beaten when they were at their peak.
And in Mayweather's case he left and he's now also been out for two years. When you're in your forties you cannot expect to get back to where you were when you're younger - and especially if you've taken a two year break. Those two years off will be like aging 10 years for an athlete when you do it at 40.
This isn't a hating on Floyd post (even though I do). This is a fact - HE WILL BE SLOWER THAN THE LAST TIME HE WAS IN THE RING. His timing will not be the same. His ability to avoid damage will be lower than it was back then. His reaction time will be slower. Take all of that and combine it with the fact that if he gets hit HE WILL FEEL IT more than when he was younger, there is an opportunity for someone to come in and do things to him that couldn't have been done two years earlier.
I'm arguing that if it wasn't Conor getting into the ring with him - if it was some other top fighter - they might also have a huge opportunity to do some damage with him.
Speed and physical timing/reaction time is everything for a fighter like Floyd. If his timing is off and slower that split second might be all the difference in the world between him doing the matrix and making his opponent miss versus him getting tagged at will.
Conor might not beat him - but there's a reason why Floyd left the game when he did. He is ripe for the picking for someone.