Today marks one of the biggest television events in quite some time, even if it’s slightly outside of our beat. Conor McGregor, a famed UFC fighter, is going to be taking on famed boxer Floyd Mayweather … in boxing. Yep, we don’t know why in the world there are so many people who are going to be spending a ton of money on this. It’s one of the biggest, most ridiculous spectacles in sports history. There are millions of dollars of bets on it, even though it’s pretty clear how this is going to: McGregor is going to lose, though it may be drawn out for a few rounds because Mayweather is a more of a defense-oriented fighter than someone who is going to come out throwing a bunch of jabs left and right.
That, ladies and gentlemen, is the closest thing that we’ve ever done to boxing analysis in our entire lives.
Now, instead of actually paying some ridiculous amount of money to watch this event on pay-per-view later tonight, just watch the stupid-but-occasionally-funny Saturday Night Live parody of McGregor instead. You can see this in the video below from Thursday’s Weekend Update Summer Edition, and it draws a few laughs despite being rather problematic in its approach at times. For example, the video does gloss over some of the offensive remarks that McGregor has made during his promotion of the fight, and instead makes him out to be more of an Irish stereotype with the pub talk and the Lucky Charms references. However, there are two moments within this video that we think are certainly humorous.
1. Getting to see “McGregor” talk about how one of his next goals is facing off in a swimming contest against Michael Phelps and a shark. (We like the idea of this character routinely volunteering himself for things that he will almost certainly lose at.)
2. Him repeatedly insisting that he is allowed to kick Mayweather a number of times during the fight. When Colin Jost shuts him down completely, he then finally admits that he is going to lose.
You would think from the last few Mayweather fights that people who realize that these are mostly style and little substance; alas, that’s not going to happen. The only people nuttier than those going overboard on the PPV are those actually paying to see this ridiculousness in-person.
What do you want to see from the Mayweather – McGregor fight, provided that you are even going to watch this nonsense? Share in the comments below!
Meanwhile, head over to the link here in the event you do want some other news when it comes to SNL. The first episode of the new season will air on September 30; Ryan Gosling is going to be hosting the show for the second time. (Photo: NBC.)