Buyer Beware: Mayweather-McGregor
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Published: June 16, 2017
LAS VEGAS - Be careful what you wish for because you just might get it. Sports fans and sports media celebrated and rejoiced this week with the announcement that a fight between Floyd Mayweather (49-0, 26 KOs) and Conor McGregor (21-3) had come to fruition. The former five-division boxing champion Mayweather will meet the current UFC (Ultimate Fighting Championship)lightweight champion on August 26th at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. The fight will be a 12-round 154-pound boxing match.
The fight will be on televised on Showtime PPV (pay-per-view) with the familiar Showtime broadcast team featuring Al Bernstein, Steve Farhood, and others. Boxing and MMA insiders alike know that this fight holds little significance to either sport. The same way cross-over bouts in the past such as Muhammad Ali-Antonio Inoki, Ray Mercer-Tim Sylvia, and James Toney-Randy Couture meant next to nothing for both sports. However, herein lies the difference between Mayweather-McGregor and other fights. This fight is not for the boxing insider or aficionado this is for the casual fan whom only watches the sport maybe once or twice a year. What these fans need to remember is that not only were these crossover bouts insignificant, but they were not the least bit entertaining.
A warning and a reminder need to be put out to those fans that find Mayweather-McGregor fascinating. A little over two years ago, fans got the long anticipated fight between Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao (59-6-2, 38 KOs). Besides the fight itself being uneventful and lackluster, the disappointment cut deeper. Many may remember that Mayweather-Pacquiao had a $100 PPV price tag to go along with tickets going on sale just nine days before the fight. Only 500 tickets were made available to the public. For fans planning on attending the fight live, they may want to wait and see how lead promoter Mayweather Promotions will handle Mayweather-McGregor versus how they handled Mayweather-Pacquiao.
There is a clause in the contract for both Mayweather and McGregor that they are not to disclose the purses for the fight. It is rumored that Mayweather will make up to or more than $100 million. McGregor may be looking at $75 million. This amount of money for just one fight lets you know that the possibility of having an undercard worth watching is unlikely. Now, it is true that for events like Mayweather-McGregor the undercard is seen as unimportant. In fact, most of the arena fills up just before the main event. For those fans who purchased Mayweather-Pacquiao on PPV and have yet to buy another boxing PPV since don’t expect anything other than one-sided mismatches with fighters under the Mayweather Promotions banner. While events like Mayweather-McGregor are rare having an undercard to accompany such an event is just as rare. Don’t expect to pay for much more than Mayweather-McGregor if you purchase the PPV in August.
The best revenge you can have against someone is to be successful. For boxing insiders who watch and cover the sport all year, a level of apathy may be more appropriate than disdain for Mayweather-McGregor. There will be some who will watch and possibly cover Mayweather-McGregor, but many will follow fights that hold substance in the sport. August 26th will also be the return of Miguel Cotto (40-5, 33 KOs) when he faces Yoshihiro Kamegai (27-3-2, 24 KOs) at the Stub Hub Center in California. A few weeks later on September 9th, there will be a huge tripleheader highlighted with a spotlight on the Super Flyweight division. That night will feature a rematch between Roman Gonzalez (46-1, 38 KOs) and Srisaket Sor Rungvisai (43-4-1, 39 KOs) and the American debut of Naoya Inoue (13-0, 11 KOs). The week after on September 16th Canelo Alvarez (49-1-1, 34 KOs) and Gennady Golovkin (37-0, 33 KOs) will meet in the biggest boxing match of the year. This is where all the attention of those who follow boxing closely will be in the fall.
Don’t expect any empathy or sympathy from boxing fans on August 27th. Those fans who participate in the hype of Mayweather-McGregor know what they are getting into when they spend their money. This is a Floyd Mayweather event to the fullest. If you felt ripped off by one of his PPV’s in the past, you should not expect anything different on August 26th. You now have what you asked for, but don’t complain when it does not live up to your expectations. You should have known better, buyer beware.
(Feature Photo: Mike Stobe)