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Floyd or Flood

“Floyd or Flood”

This past weekend, most of the world witnessed one of the most talked about events in the history of sports. Boxing legend, Floyd Mayweather, defeated Connor McGregor who is one of the best fighters in the UFC. I cannot say I am surprised by the outcome of the fight. Basically, there was a guy who has never boxed a day in his life going up against, arguably, the greatest boxer to ever live. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out the outcome of that one.

Most of the events leading up to the fight was all hype and propaganda. Not saying I wasn’t as excited as the rest of the world. However, I am saying that there is definitely a lot we can take from this whole experience.

Another thing that has been going on this past weekend is Hurricane Harvey. Harvey has been causing record setting rainstorms and floods throughout Houston, the 4th largest city in the U.S. Multiple sources say that more than 24 inches of rain has dropped onto the city. The rain still continues to fall right now. I have seen several pictures and videos online and they are very disturbing. While most of the world was tuning into the fight of the century, Southeast Texas has been fighting a losing battle to stay on the map. Coming from a small town that is predominantly surrounded by water, I can’t help but to feel a heavy heart for Texas right now.

Entertainment Value

There is no doubt in my mind that this fight has changed the sport of boxing forever. Floyd Mayweather himself has changed the entire sport of boxing. When you think about it, the whole event this past Saturday was funded by his legacy. Every person who participated in the fight either paid Mayweather or was paid by Mayweather. Including Connor McGregor.

These two did a tremendous job of selling us all on this fight. People who didn’t even care about boxing was reeled into the boxing world on this day. Some because of McGregor’s ties to his MMA and Irish roots. Think about it. What other boxer integrated two different sports into their arena? Not even Muhammed Ali did that and I consider him to be the greatest based on what he stood for as a man. So who was the biggest winner of the event? In my eyes I’d say Floyd Mayweather.

Going 50-0 is a tough task in any sport. Take a look at how he has changed the game from the typical style of brawling that everyone is so used to. You might not agree with his style but you can’t deny Joan influence. Boxing has evolved to new levels. Kind of reminds me of Steph Curry in the NBA. Now everyone wants to shoot 30 foot jumpers. In boxing, I’m pretty sure more people are going to be focusing on their defensive strategies rather than their right hooks. Despite much controversy around Floyd not being able to read and having several domestic violence cases, his focus on his career speaks volumes.

At What Cost?

I’m the type of guy to not get too caught up in the hype of the entertainment world. A lot of things are there just for your viewing pleasure. What else is T.V. about? Truth?Lol. People get so caught up in the lives of celebrities and fictional characters that they sometimes neglect their own lives. If you take a look at it, a lot of things are designed to take you far away from your reality. There’s nothing wrong with some entertainment now and then. I just have a problem with making it the complete center of life while ignoring the realities of what’s really happening in the world.

As mentioned earlier, Hurricane Harvey is causing record setting floods in Southeast Texas. That’s not even the part that disturbs me most. I am more concerned about the government officials who told the effected ¬†areas to stock up on storage and stay in their homes. Really?!

I’ve been hearing about this hurricane for about a week before it hit Texas. People were calling it one of the biggest storms to come to the states. Now I’m thinking, why wouldn’t people evacuate a city that has a history of flooding when a catastrophic hurricane is coming near? Regardless of what anyone tells you to do, your common sense and your intuition should be the first director of your actions. I don’t know if people were too distracted or if they have a short memory, but this is not the first time something like this has happened.

A History Lesson

Back when Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans killing thousands of people, I think they were told something similar to Houston residents. If they were told to evacuate the city, I think the communities did a terrible job of pushing that agenda.

Right after Hurricane Katrina hit in 2004, Hurricane Rita hit Houston back in 2005. At that time, government officials issued an evacuation order for the city. According to sources, over 2 million people hit the roads. In the midst of the evacuation, about 200 people died trying to evacuate the city. In retrospect, I can understand why officials would tell the city to stay in their homes. At the same time, I think officials should be doing more to prevent casualties like this from happening.

The Media

There are a lot of things that go on in life that I don’t understand. There are so many things fighting for our attention every single minute. It’s hard to figure out the truths from the lies these days with all of this information out here. On the flip side, there are also things like taking care of my mental health, my family and the people around me that I do understand.

The media seems to paint a lot of pictures that spikes people’s emotions for better or for worse. And then the next day it seems like there’s a totally different story that will make most people forget about the last “big” thing that happened. It’s hard for me to turn a blind eye to a lot of things. Sierra Leone just had a mudslide that killed over 1,000 people. It was barely mentioned in the media. And, what happened to this war that we were suppose to go into with Russia and North Korea? Did they just magically disappear since the Mayweather vs McGregor fight?

Conclusion

Take heed everyone. There are bigger issues and concerns that should be at the forefront of your life. I’m also aware of things you have no control over such as government wars and natural disasters. I fight on a regular basic to keep my sanity in a world that seems to be so unpredictable. The truth is, although there is a lot going on in the media, I do still see a lot of people in the community who are prospering through all obstacles. That’s something to celebrate and be grateful for.

One wrong move could cost you everything. If you live in an area that’s susceptible to flooding and other things, it might be best to relocate. No you cannot control everything. But you can continue to fight for positive thoughts and push yourself forward.

If the warning signs are there and things don’t seem right, you’d best be ready to make those decisions that will help you and your family in the future. Even if that means letting go of things that no longer serve you. In retrospect, this isn’t about Mayweather or Hurricane Harvey. This is more about you taking control of your life no matter what anyone on the TV says or does. Stay woke!

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