'Super fight' bad for boxing
Monday, Mar 20, 2017 06:00 am
The back-and-forth banter of a “super fight” between retired boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. and current UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor has made some surprising headway.
Mayweather retired his gloves with a record of 49-0 Sept. 12, 2015, following a unanimous decision win over Andre Berto at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
But Mayweather recently went on record confirming that if the right deal were struck (one involving a nine-figure payout) he’d return to the boxing ring to take on McGregor.
In a FightHype video released March 11, Mayweather said he already had a date in mind for the fight, telling McGregor to “sign the paper with the UFC so you can fight me in June. Simple and plain. Let’s fight in June.”
As a long-time fan of boxing, I have tried profusely to convince my UFC-loving friends to give the sport a chance. With UFC’s tendency to align pay-per-view cards with boxing events, this effort came with little success.
It wasn’t until the same back-and-forth talk of a “super fight,” “fight of the century” between Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao was confirmed for May 2, 2015, that heads began to turn. The fight brought a real sense of excitement back to the sport and suddenly, everyone was a boxing fan.
Mayweather is arguably the greatest technical boxer of all time. This, however, translates to boring fights. Mayweather-Pacquiao was lacklustre to say the least and it turned a lot of new eyes away from boxing.
Now, murmurs of a “super fight” are once again stirring and McGregor could bring a potentially massive UFC audience to the table.
The problem, however, is two-fold. First, Mayweather is going to fight his fight and that technical boxing showcase is going to turn many UFC fans off within the first few rounds.
Secondly, this fight does nothing to boost the UFC except laying claim that it is the more “exciting” sport when the boxing match is a bore.
Also, McGregor has no chance of winning so what is the point of it all?
The answer is money. The fight is a cash grab – expect at least $100 for the pay-per-view – and one that is bad for boxing.