The older guy who had already made a tonne of money being challenged by the younger guy who was also looking to make…a tonne of money.
But to many of us it was about so much more.
A lot of guys will often say that their wife doesn’t understand them and, at 4 am on this particular morning, my alarm was telling me that I was about to become one of those guys.
As I shrugged off the disdain coming from ‘her’ side of the bed, I prepped a vein into which to inject neat coffee. Opening the laptop, I hit the link that I’d bought to watch the fight and crawled under a blanket on the sofa.
I was ready.
‘This could be the greatest fight ever!’ I thought as I struggled to keep both eyes open.
The fight was between two masters of their craft, Floyd ‘Money’ Mayweather and Conor ‘The Notorious’ McGregor and whenever you see masters at work you should be respectful, stop what you are doing and pay attention.
Even if it means getting out of bed at some ungodly hour.
If you missed it, don’t worry - I got up early so you didn’t have to.
This is what I learned.
1. Learn to See Risk as ‘Opportunity’.
Why did Mayweather, who had everything to lose, choose to fight McGregor, who did not?
We are all affected by loss aversion which is to say that the pain of losing is psychologically about twice as powerful as the pleasure of winning. This means that we tend to avoid a loss more than we seek a win.
So if Mayweather had so much to lose, then why fight at all?
The 40 year old, multiple world title holding yet retired, Floyd Mayweather was 49-0 undefeated in his professional boxing career when challenged by the 29 year old reigning Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Lightweight Champion, Connor McGregor.
Mayweather knew that to lose to McGregor would, not only make a mockery of his illustrious career but probably damage the sport of boxing forever.
But if there was one thing that Mayweather loved more than titles it was money and he stood to make a cool $100 million dollars from the fight, win or lose.
Secondary to the money, in Mayweather’s mind, a win against McGregor would also mean that he would beat the record set by the legendary Rocky Marciano – who himself had retired with a 49-0 pro record.