It’s February 2, 2018 and that means only one thing….. it’s Groundhog Day. The day where Americans trust a rodent to tell us whether or not we will see an early spring or prolonged winter. This of course is all based on whether the groundhog sees his shadow or not. That’s right, throw science right out the window and put 100% confidence in Punxsutawney Phil.
In 1993 a cult classic film named after the day, Groundhog Day, hit the silver screen. Phil, played by Bill Murray, a weatherman, is out to cover the annual emergence of the groundhog from its hole. He gets caught in a blizzard that he didn’t predict and finds himself trapped in a time warp. He is doomed to relive the same day over and over again until he gets it right.
Stuck on repeat, the film gives you the feeling that you are there living the day over and over again with Phil.
That’s sort of how I feel right now with all this hoopla about Floyd Mayweather crossing over to mixed martial arts. It was right around this time last year that the internet nearly broke with rumors of a boxing match between Mayweather and UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor.
Things fizzled out for a bit for a few weeks, then things heated right back up. Talk of contract negotiations, this and that, sent media into a frenzy. Then it finally happened, the announcement that the biggest stars in their respective sports would collide in Las Vegas on August 26, 2017.
The fight went down, it was recorded as one of the biggest money makers in pay-per-view sports history, but yet, here we are again. Talking about the possibility of a second fight.
McGregor still shows no signs of returning to the octagon to defend his lightweight title and when asked about potential fights, he still utters Mayweather’s name.
Then earlier this week Mayweather posts of an awkward video of himself stepping into the cage at Syndicate MMA, a gym in Las Vegas.
The following day Mayweather cuts a short promo in which he asks: “2018. Floyd ‘Money’ Mayweather. MMA. What are the odds?”
No matter what we do, how exciting the thousands of other fights inside the UFC octagon or boxing ring are, we keep circling back to Mayweather vs McGregor. This is our Groundhog Day.