A Contest and Spectacle Worthy of the Roman Empire
Guest post by Gerry O’Neill of MMA Insiders
‘Everything we hear is an opinion not a fact…and everything we see is a perspective not the Truth’
– Marcus Aurelius Stoic and Roman emperor
I often marvel at how things that have been said, thousands of years ago are still relevant today and in a lot of cases more so. The fact that we, as the current inheritors of the world, still haven’t learned some of these lessons of history is both a marvel and a worry.
So tipping my Irish cap to the above allow me to explain Conor McGregor, Floyd and the various cast of characters exclusively in quotes from the greatest Orator in the history of the world – Marcus Tullius Cicero.
( Apologies if you thought I was going to say Barack O’fucking bama)
Cicero, for the uninitiated, was an orator and Roman defence lawyer who climbed to the very top of the Roman Empire as Roman Consul. His only weapon – his tongue.
So as two gladiators prepare to enter the Coliseum consider the words already spoken over two thousand years ago.
‘ It is the Particular quality of a fool to perceive the faults of others and to forget his own ‘
– take a bow ( and shut up ) Paulie Malignaggi
‘ They condemn what they do not understand ‘
– the mainstream media and Conor McGregor lovefest
‘ The greater the difficultly, the greater the glory
– Conor McGregor in conversation with himself all day everyday
‘ While there’s life there is hope’
– Average boxer’s response when asked about McGregor’s chances against Floyd
‘Rightly defined philosophy is simply the love of wisdom’
– Any time you here McGregor talk about movement think of this.
‘ If we are not ashamed to think it …we should not be ashamed to say it’
Conor and Floyd take this a little bit too much to heart
‘There is nothing so absurd that some philosopher hasn’t already said it ‘
– Breathe a sigh of relief Skip Bayless
Orators are most vehement when their cause is weak
– Floyd and his New York Press Conference
‘ Thrift is of a great Revenue’
– This quote is sponsored by the IRS and directed to both fighters
‘ He only employs his passion who can make no use of his reason ‘
– Dana White introducing Conor Mcgregor before Press conferences.
‘ As I approve of a youth that has something of an old man in him, so I am no less pleased with an old man that has something of the youth. He that follows this rule may be old in body but can never be so old in mind’
– Take a bow Mr Mayweather and Mr McGregor
Sweet is the memory of past troubles
– Conor reminiscing about Jose Aldo and Nate Diaz