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.
If you think tickets to NHL playoff games are (a) overpriced, and (b) hard to come by, that’s nothing compared to this Floyd Mayweather Jr.-Manny Pacquiao boxing title Fight of the Century match in Las Vegas.
Today, just ten days before the big fight at the MGM Grand Garden Arena, there was finally a deal made to put tickets on sale. That’s good, because this delay in putting tickets up for sale was getting to be a farce. The whole mess behind the scenes was giving the whole promotion a black eye.
But even with this deal struck, apparently there are only going to be only 500 tickets available to the general public. As for the non-public tickets to the fight, which counts for most of the seats, I don’t know how people are supposed to figure out how to obtain them or even how to pay for them. I am reading that these prices run upwards of $10,000 and are being offered only through the promoters, or through ticket brokers, and the like.
This, friends, is ridiculous. Who gets access to these tickets? The “elite”? And even these elite people will be second-mortgaging their houses to pay for the privilege. You’re far better off using this kind of money as down payment on a BMW or something!
Also ridiculous, too, are prices for the pay-per-view, which will clean out the bank accounts of most ordinary fight fans.
The price they’re charging for people to watch this event at home on TV comes in at just under a hundred bucks. This is crazy, folks. By contrast, you can get admission into several Junior A hockey games, live, for this same amount of money. Plus, with hockey you’re at least assured of two hours or so of entertainment. But with boxing, who knows? What happens if there is a first round knockout, like what happened in 1988 when Mike Tyson knocked out Michael Spinks?!
Don’t get me wrong. I’d like to be able to see this superfight, and maybe I will find something affordable out there locally, but these prices really are just plain nuts. I may well be reduced to following this fight by way of a Twitter feed on the night of May 2 — like most people.
The rumors are over. Fight fans almost broke Twitter today upon news this afternoon that the Floyd Mayweather Jr.- Manny Pacquiao fight for the Pound-for-Pound world title is confirmed for May 2 in Las Vegas at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.
Fans are just beside themselves with disbelief that the fight is indeed on after all these years of haggling and frustration and stalling. This fight probably should have happened five years ago.
Believe me, now that it is on, the excitement and hype will be through the roof.
On the radio today, sports guys were calling this the “Last Great Superfight”, and who knows, maybe it is. I mean heck, when was the last time there was a fight of this magnitude? Back when Mike Tyson was biting Evander Holyfield’s ear off, that’s when.
This is going to invoke feelings of nostalgia, harkening back to the glory days of boxing when Muhammad Ali was taking on guys of the calibre of George Foreman and Joe Frazier, or when guys like Sugar Ray Leonard, Thomas Hearns, Roberto Duran and Marvin Hagler were fighting. The only two guys who can pull off a Superfight at that sort of level again are these two guys Pacquiao and Mayweather.
And who knows — maybe this isn’t the Last Great Superfight. Given the drug problems the UFC is struggling to get a handle on, maybe this is boxing’s one big chance to get off the canvas and make a long-awaited comeback.
The latest boxing superfight is happening tonight at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Saul “Canelo” Alvarez for the super light middleweight championship. Mayweather holds the WBA Super Light Middleweight title while Alvarez holds the WBA and WBC Light Middleweight crowns.
SB Nation has the coverage live here, as does CBS Sports and ESPN. Unfortunately, this is about the only way I will be able to follow the fight tonight, as I am too big a cheapskate to pay for the pay-per-view.
Besides, I’ll be watching the Saskatchewan-Toronto CFL game on TV anyway. Costs less money.
UPDATE: It’s a MAJORITY DECISION for Mayweather — one obviously crazy judge scored it a draw which got the fight fans upset again. She’s also the same judge who got it wrong in the fight where Bradley upset Pacquiao! That judge is the only person in the whole wide world who thought the Mayweather-Canelo fight was even close.