As you know, I had a great time watching the Mayweather-McGregor fight last week. Unfortunately, a lot of people didn’t. Issues plagued the pay-per-view, with many at home unable to watch the fight card even though they had paid for it. The UFC had the most issues, with a lot of people unable to access UFC.TV on fight night because it was so overloaded.
This reminds me of my issues trying to watch the National Lacrosse League’s Champions Cup finals game on Twitter back in June, when Twitter inexplicably geoblocked Canadians from watching the game feed. I was boiling mad. So I understand why these fight fans were so upset last Saturday.
I notice on Facebook that Dana White has publicly apologized and is offering full refunds to everyone who had issues with UFC.TV last Saturday. I also notice the reaction from the fans on Facebook was along the lines of “apology not accepted!” and “to hell with the UFC!”
Clearly, the UFC has a lot of apologizing and begging for forgiveness ahead of them to mollify a ton of unhappy fight fans.
You know, after all my incessant trash-talking about the Mayweather-McGregor “Money Fight” matchup, it really did turn out to be a pretty good fight last night.
I did a huge screed for the paper about my experience watching the fight and I expect that will be up later this week.
Well, this is it, the fight that everyone has been waiting for. The hype and the trash-talking is over, the weigh ins have been done and the battle is on as Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor go at it in Las Vegas. That is, assuming neither of these two jokers pull a fast one and get injured right before they walk into the boxing ring – something that has become quite familiar to UFC fans lately.
Even though I claim to be totally uninterested in this fight, the truth is I am lying. I will be at the local casino watching, like everyone else, even though there is no real “title” on the line. (They did, however, make up some silly belt to go to the winner — the “Money Belt.” Fans are promptly ridiculing it as if it was something right out of the WWE.)
What I am finally realizing is this is more than just some big boxing fight, and more than even some quasi-WWE spectacle. This is boxing versus MMA, that’s what this is! It’s the boxing world versus the UFC world, and it’s boxing fans versus UFC fans. So if McGregor somehow wins, it will somehow prove the superiority of that sport. And boxing people are deathly afraid that if Mayweather loses, it will be the “death of boxing”.
In fact, the buildup to this fight has been bizarre. It almost feels like more of a UFC event than a boxing match, to be honest. Dana White is all over the place there, and I notice the usual MMA media, Ariel Helwani and those folks, are there in force covering it.
One thing that surprised a lot of people this week is that the UFC Octagon girls, Arianny and Brittney et. al., are not on the job — as if they were expected to be there.
Of course not, folks, this is a boxing match! It was Corona who got the rights to the ring girls for this, so you’re seeing Corona ring girls all week promoting this thing.
I guess my point is there is little upside to the sport of boxing for holding this fight. All a McGregor victory will do is provide bragging rights and potential business for the UFC. And if Mayweather pounds the heck out of McGregor, as most expect him to do, the critics will simply say “see, I told you so” and declare what a total farce this fight was to begin with. In short, it’s lose-lose for the sport of boxing either way, but the promoters and fighters don’t care because this is all about money.
Anyway, I’ll be watching the fight, but it really doesn’t matter either way who wins. To me, watching this will serve as a good distraction from all the misery going on in the news right now, and a much needed one at that.
Folks, what a gong show. First, I guess everyone showed up late. Then, Conor was using all this foul language (ie. “s@ck my d!ck”, etc.) and then was hurling racial insults by saying he was “half black from the belly button down”, and gyrating up there on stage. Really, he was awful. Meanwhile Floyd was going around saying Conor was a “b!tch” and a “quitter”, and he showered Conor with dollar bills.
As for the fans in Brooklyn, it was yet another boo-fest, but this time they focused their booing mainly on these guys in the suits who went up there and were giving their boring statements about the fight. What a waste of time that was. Instead, everyone wanted to hear the trash-talking from Conor and Floyd, which turned out to be not worth waiting for, anyway.
The commentators were of course hyping this up and saying how interest in this fight was “insane”, but I’m beginning to wonder if it is us, the fight fans, who are the insane ones for following this and supporting this absolute nonsense. Boxing used to be a dignified sport, to some extent anyway, but this display in New York was so beneath even the WWE’s low standards that I almost feel like apologizing to the WWE.
The bad news is that these two fools have one more of these to go, in London. Or maybe this is good news to you, because this is surely entertaining, all right. In a bad sort of way.
Folks, it is the baseball All-Star Break, traditionally one of the deadest weeks in the world of sports. So unless you are a Wimbledon tennis fan, the biggest news today was the Floyd Mayweather Jr.-Conor McGregor world tour press conference in Toronto for their upcoming boxing match, a bizarre affair in which Conor carried Floyd’s bags while Floyd carried around an Irish flag.
From what little I tuned into, it sounds like the fans there were mainly cheering McGregor and booing Mayweather. Anyway, the sooner all this fight hype ends and the fight itself begins, the better.
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.