Ronda Rousey continued her meteoric rise into American consciousness last week, while mainstay Floyd Mayweather gave us another collective eye-roll. Rousey is a relatively new sensation in women’s UFC fighting and is bridging the gap to full-fledged cultural icon, while Floyd ‘Money’ Mayweather is riding out his time in the career spotlight as he prepares for one final fight* with the over-matched Andre Berto.
Ronda Rousey stock rising
Rousey’s a good person to have on your radar, as she’s here to stay after winning the ESPY award for Best Fighter and dominating a recent pay-per-view match that, funny unless you’re the one getting paid-per-view, fit entirely into one gif. Rousey has been lauded as a down-to-earth superstar and a role model for being comfortable with your own body type (even posing in the revealing ESPN body issue).
Rousey can also throw a good verbal jab – after beating out Floyd (who has a well-documented history of domestic violence) for the Best Fighter ESPY, she quipped “I wonder how Floyd feels being beaten by a woman for once.” Zzzzing!
Floyd ‘Money’ might’ve finally booked the fight America won’t pay for (well, we could dream)
Floyd does two things exceptionally well – stay undefeated at boxing and make money. He raked in north of $300m for his much-hyped, less-awesome May 2 bout with Manny Pacquiao to reach 48-0. Now, despite a few eligible candidates that might’ve provided a challenge, Mayweather selected Andre ‘eyes wide shut‘ Berto (who, to his credit, is 31-3) for what Floyd is deeming his final match on September 12. He’s such a big favorite that you’d have to bet $30 on Floyd to win to profit $1.
While he’ll still earn an amount that will make you sadder the longer you spend thinking about it (casual 8 or 9 figures), the fight will inevitably lack the shine of his previous bouts. We’ll flip our TVs to LSU @ Mississippi St. college football for free that night, and hope Floyd rides into the sunset nicely (in the luxury vehicle of his choice).
*For the record, remember that you read it here when Floyd comes out of retirement to get his 50th win. Pacquiao is rumbling about a rematch.