Noel A. Muro
June 25, 2017
This is another one of those where should I start articles. It is official, professional/retired boxer Floyd Mayweather will face MMA fighter Connor McGregor in the boxing ring come August 26th. Is it just me, or has Mayweather Promotions and the rest of the parties involved in promoting this event throwing maximum amount of shade towards Golden Boy Promotions? The event is being held on the same date as newly Golden Boy signee Miguel Cotto and stablemate Yoshihiro Kamegai’s fight.
To add to this, the fight is also taking place before Golden Boy’s and arguably boxing’s biggest fight in years, Canelo vs. Golovkin. Oscar De La Hoya has been vocal about his disapproval with this exhibition match between Mayweather and McGregor saying it’s nothing but a farce and a money grab. Oscar has also mentioned in a letter that he penned on Facebook that this would be horrible for boxing and would hurt it, and the UFC.
Mayweather has been pretty quiet when asked about Oscar, his opinions, and shots toward him. Floyd has been busy promoting his fighters like Gervonta “Tank” Davis, going to fights, and press conferences. Floyd and Dana White/WME-IMG Group must have come to these terms to raise profits to the maximum. Mayweather, being the master businessman that he is, responded to Oscar with a huge blow to his company.
This August some people will have to choose, buy the $100 PPV to see Mayweather vs. McGregor or wait less than a month in September to see Canelo vs. Golovkin for presumably $70. I say choose because a lot of people don’t have the luxury to buy two Pay-Per-View events in less than a month. Sure there are different scenarios where people can have the fight and split the cost with family or friends, or a mixture of both.
Another thing I’d like to point out is if this fight is a snoozer or just horrible to watch (like Mayweather/Pacquiao) than it can scare away buyers for the BIG fight in September. I’ve been saying this can either affect boxing negatively or positively. We’ve pointed out the negative so the positive is McGregor actually giving Mayweather a run for his money (highly doubtful). All it takes is one punch, but I’ve been waiting for that one punch against Mayweather the last I don’t know how many fights.
The best thing to hope for is that it’s at least an entertaining fight, whether Mayweather has to make it seem that way, go toe to toe at times, or Connor just really giving Mayweather a hard time and possibly coming out with a win.
Don’t get me wrong I’m still watching this fight, but I am not paying full price.