8 Life Lessons from May-Mac

Saturday night we were treated to one of the most anticipated sporting events in history!

The fight may or may not have lived up to all the hype for you but beyond the simple exchanges of punches, I wanted to share what I really took away from this historic moment featuring two living legends.

I want to thank both Conor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather for reminding me of some very important things about life.

Normally when I watch fights I’m on the edge of my seat analyzing each fighters moves, their tactics, their strategies, anticipating what they are going to do next to out shine their opponent…

But Saturday was a bit different for me.

I wasn’t so immersed in the technicality of the fight as I usually am.

This time I was thinking much more about what these two warriors represent in the bigger picture.

So here’s the top things that this fight reminded me of:

1. Never take no for an answer 

How many times do you think people said to Conor that he’s crazy and there’s no way he could even last one round with Mayweather? Well he proved all those haters wrong. Conor reminded me that if you really want something bad enough never stop going for it. It doesn’t matter how many doors get slammed in your face, keep kicking them in, be relentless and you will overcome and rise above all the people who have limited thinking and want to hold you down because of their own insecurities.

2. Nothing is impossible if you believe in yourself

The fact that this fight even happened is really a miracle in itself. Everyone said, including myself, that there is no way that this fight would ever happen. I even lost a bet to Coach Oskar over it, but for the first time I was happy to pay the bet because it resulted in a great reminder that nothing is impossible. You can say both Conor and Floyd are cocky and arrogant, which is definitely the part of their persona that came out to promote this fight. But what I see is two men with unshakable confidence and belief in themselves that they can achieve anything they set their mind to! And to be honest, that type of self belief is inspiring to me and it’s something that I like to instill in all the athletes I am fortunate to coach.

3. You’ll go further with the right people around you

Both Conor and Floyd are unique in that they have been working with the same team for pretty much their entire career. They choose to surround themselves with great people who can help them to improve in all areas. If you want to be successful surround yourself with people who are positive, intelligent, passionate, authentic and believe in you and all that you stand for. And most importantly, stay loyal to those who are there for you no matter what. There will be ups and downs but that doesn’t mean you abandon ship every time things don’t go your way. If you have the right people around you, you can overcome all odds. Big thanks goes out to all the amazing coaches, athletes and friends that I get to surround myself with everyday. I am forever grateful for every one of you!

4. Family is your foundation… forever

Floyd was introduced to the sweet science of boxing by his father Floyd Sr. at 4 years old. It was so amazing to see that dad was in his corner for Floyd’s first ever fight and he was in Floyd’s corner saturday night for the last fight of his legendary career. Yes we are not always going to see eye-to-eye with family but at the end of the day, family is forever and don’t ever forget where you came from because when things hit rock bottom, your family will always be there for you to bring you back up – it’s human nature.

5. Don’t be afraid to fail

Conor’s willingness to hang it all out there in front of the world with seemingly no fear is so inspiring. He has the confidence to take on any challenge and I think that more people, both young and old, can take a lesson from Conor. He is arguably the most inspiring figure to come along in decades. Yes he might be a bit rough around the edges but that’s his style and it’s working for him. He has done things that will cement his name in the history books such as win a UFC World Title in two different weight classes. He moved up to fight bigger men without hesitation. He lost to Nate Diaz, accepted the failure with class, got back to work and came back to beat him in a rematch. Saturday night he lost a TKO decision to the best pound-for-pound boxer to ever lace up the gloves but not for a second did he back down. He is not afraid to fail and that is why he has been so successful. You never fail, you only learn.

6. Know when to be bold and know when to be humble

Combat sports are a business and like any business the goal is to generate revenue. Conor and Floyd are two larger than life personalities and they put on quite a show selling the fight leading up to Saturday night. Remember, they were SELLING the fight and they did a hell of a job doing it. Lots of trash talking, bravado and gamesmanship and we enjoyed every minute of it. But the thing I always love to see is when that final bell rings and the winner is announced, both athletes always accept their fate in a humble manner. Each fighter gave respect to the other, words of honour and gratitude were shared and the war was over. I have lots of respect for both these guys.

7. When everyone else’s hair is on fire, be calm and composed

Calm under fire is the magic behind world-class performances. It’s always amazing to see the best of the best in the world perform at their limits. And this happens in every sport and if you pay attention, it’s so amazing to see. With the bright lights shining down, the pressure on, the whole world is watching, both guys did exactly what they planned on doing. This is the result of putting in the work before hand. These great moments are always preceded by hours, days, weeks, months and years of relentless work and sacrifice that will never truly be appreciated by anyone other than the athlete themselves. Neither one folded or crumbled under the pressure because they put in the work before the lights came on. Being calm while in the chaos is a trait that all world class athletes must possess to become legends.

8. Blaze your own trail! 

Last but certainly not least, one of the most amazing things that this fight reminded me of is that if you want to be great, you have to do things that most others won’t. Floyd was one of the first boxers to step out from under the foot of sleazy promoters who take advantage of fighters by collecting the majority of all earnings and just pay out the athletes the least possible amount. You can say that the money Floyd makes is ridiculous, but what’s more ridiculous is when a fight generates that much revenue and the majority goes to the promotors and not the actual athletes who sacrificed their themselves and put their lives at risk in that ring. Conor has been on a mission his entire career to turn his extraordinary vision into a reality. Everyone said he couldn’t win two belts in the UFC and he did. Everyone said he could never transition to boxing and even have a chance against an experienced pro and he did, going up against one of the best ever and putting on a great performance doing it. If both of these athletes had just stayed in their own lanes with their heads down and did what they were told to do or what they were “supposed” to do then nothing great would have ever happened.

To sum it all up I want to say thank you to Conor and Floyd for reminding me that if you want to live an extraordinary life, you have to take extraordinary action, embrace possible failure and be relentless in your pursuit.