The world has been split into two camps lately, those excited over McGregor-Mayweather, and those up in arms over it. Well, if you thought that was mad, Michael Phelps is going to race a great white shark.
Following on from months of calling each other out through the media, the race was finally settled when the great white agreed financial terms.
Okay, that’s not what really happened. What’s really going down is Phelps will take on the challenge as part of Shark Week on the Discovery Channel.
The Discovery Channel made a press release to declare that “the world’s most decorated athlete takes on the ocean’s most efficient predator.”
The 23-time Olympic gold medalist, similar to McGregor, will be the huge underdog in the race. Phelps has been recorded reaching speeds of 6mph in the pool, while the great white can reach speeds of up to 25mph.
The venue has not yet been confirmed by the Discovery Channel yet, although it’s safe to guess the two will not share an Olympic swimming pool.
Tooni Mahto, from the Australian Marine Conservation Society told the BBC:
“It is a forgone conclusion as to who is going to come out on top.
“We can all be fairly certain it’s not going to be Michael Phelps versus a great white shark in an Olympic-size swimming pool.
“I’m assuming it’s going to be looking at the human body in water compared to a creature that’s evolved over millions of years and is perfectly adapted to its marine environment.”
So next time you criticise McGregor and Mayweather’s duel, just remember crazier sporting crossovers are taking place this summer.
Kevin Daly, Pundit Arena