August 26 has been set as the date for boxing’s next Superfight! It is indeed Floyd Mayweather Jr. versus Conor McGregor, in Las Vegas.
But I dunno if boxing fans are all that impressed. I notice a lot of them on social media have flat-out blasted this fight. They used words such as “joke,” “farce“, “pointless”, a “circus”, and even “dogsh!t” to describe this contest.
A lot of people think Mayweather will win easily. But no matter who wins, honestly, does it matter?
Here’s the question I have: is there even a title on the line with this thing? Mayweather is a former champ who vacated all his belts when he retired, as far as I know. Meanwhile, McGregor is a UFC champ but not a pro boxing champ! In fact, I read this will be his first boxing match, ever.
So, if there is no real title on the line, what’s the point? Then again, maybe some sanctioning body will invent one for these two.
Anyway, this fight is on, and the interest is insane, and it is supposed to be a $1 billion dollar fight. We shall see.
This could turn out to be the next big superfight on the horizon, after that last sorry borefest of a superfight in which Mayweather spent the entire night running laps around Manny Pacquiao. Lately, though, there have been rumors UFC boss Dana White might block the fight and that it may never happen. The problem is McGregor is contractually bound to UFC and would need their clearance to go ahead with the superfight — something White has expressed reluctance about doing.
Things may have changed in that regard. White went on Conan last night and he said he believed a deal would get done. So that has got the Twitterati and social media people all excited, with this news that White won’t block such a superfight. White is trending on Twitter and Facebook!
Now, the question is how to actually get this fight deal done, where and when would it be, etc. etc. Of course, the deal for Mayweather’s superfight with Pacquiao took years to transpire and looked for a while like it might never happen.
It would be a heck of a spectacle, let me tell you that. Mayweather vs. McGregor. We shall see if it happens.
Update: Stephen A. Smith thinks it will happen, too.
On Saturday night I was preoccupied with leaving Cuba. Had I been at home in Canada under normal circumstances, I might have gone to the casino to see the Conor McGregor-Jose Aldo UFC 194 featherweight title fight live on TV.
As it turns out, the fight lasted a grand total of 13 seconds as McGregor knocked Aldo out to win the title. It was the fastest knockout in UFC history, beating Ronda Rousey’s record by one second. Anyway, I’m glad I didn’t miss much. The UFC fans who paid good money to watch the fight, though, are probably none too pleased.
It turned out I also missed out on seeing Golden State lose to Milwaukee to end their 24-game winning streak to start the NBA season. Like I said, leaving Cuba was my priority on Saturday night.