Big fights attract big names, and the huge Floyd Mayweather vs Conor McGregor bout this weekend has seen a plethora of renowned sports stars, broadcasters and pundits descend on Las Vegas.
One man in Sin City to share his take on the big fight is British boxing legend Chris Eubank who, despite coming from the boxing side of the fence, showed some genuine respect and appreciation for what McGregor is bringing to the contest.
— Simon Head (@simonhead) August 24, 2017
While many boxing heads have completely written off McGregor’s talents – with some suggesting the Dubliner will fail to connect with a single punch in the bout – Eubank eloquently and convincingly broke down just how, and why, McGregor stands a genuine chance of winning the bout on Saturday night.
His interview with Ariel Helwani on The MMA Hour on Radio Row in Vegas became an instant classic, as the 51-year-old shared his thoughts on the contest, his philosophy for health and success and his thoughts on a ring return of his own to face old rival Nigel Benn next summer.
He even threw in some off-the-cuff poetry, recited from memory, to help illustrate his thinking.
Eubank reciting Rudyard Kipling’s ‘If’ (a poem I carry in my wallet every day). This is legendary stuff. #TheMMAHour
— Simon Head (@simonhead) August 25, 2017
Watching Ariel’s reaction was priceless, as were the tweeted responses to Eubank’s appearance by a host of American viewers, including some of my friends in the MMA media, who hadn’t experienced the Brit’s unique personality and fighting philosophy before.
I've never heard of Chris Eubank Sr. But I now know he is the smartest analyst ever. This man is the greatest. #MMAFighting
— Jeremy Botter (@jeremybotter) August 25, 2017
Man, I could listen to Chris Eubank Sr. talk for hours. This is incredible. #themmahour
— Shaheen Al-Shatti (@shaunalshatti) August 25, 2017
Chris Eubank wins. Man is a living axiom, he enunciates well, drops Kipling into light conversation and enjoys strawberry bonbons.
— Chuck Mindenhall (@ChuckMindenhall) August 25, 2017
If you haven’t watched it yet, take half an hour out of your day to watch it in full below.
Consider it an investment. Trust me, you’ll be glad you did.