The idea of Conor McGregor facing off Floyd Mayweather Jr sounds like the kind of thing you would find in Street Fighter or Ready To Rumble, so it seems somehow logical that the two fighters first coming together should be in the world of gaming.
What few, if any, fans could have predicted, however, was that McGregor v Mayweather would first lock horns on the NES classic Mike Tyson’s Punch-Out. Or something like that anyway.
First released back in 1987, the game was arguably the first major boxing title to arrive in the world of gaming.
Loved by fans in the years since, it was Adam Arnali who finally hit upon the idea of creating an updated version of the game, graphics and all, featuring Mayweather and McGregor.
What is perhaps the strangest thing about the clip, however, is how it appears to predict a potentially realistic outcome.
The near-three-minute clip sees the pair go three rounds of boxing, with Mayweather on top thanks to his signature combination of move and grab tactics.
But things take a turn for the strange when NES-based Mayweather, realizing he can’t beat Floyd at his own game – goes all out, MMA style.
The result is a pretty graphic coming together between the pair – no mean feat with 8-bit graphics – that results in Mayweather being left in a bloody mess.
That doesn’t stop it being bloody hilarious though. If only Manny Pacquaio had taken a similar approach…
Loaded staff writer Jack Beresford has produced content for Lad Bible, Axonn Media and a variety of online sports and news media outlets.