We’re a little over a week from the announcement that rocked the combat sports world.
Honestly, the mere thought is ridiculous.
Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor can’t do any more damage to boxing than boxing has already done to itself.
If you are one of those people who think that this spectacle hurts boxing. You are overlooking everything.
From terrible matchmaking, the existence of sanctioning bodies, horrible judging and outrageous decisions that have all marred the sport over the years.
This fight absolutely cannot add to any of that. Nor can it rescue boxing from its own litany of problems.
The only way this fight can actually hurt boxing is if McGregor were to knock Mayweather out. Which is a ridiculous idea in itself?
Even then, if Conor McGregor were to pull off the biggest upset in sports history, people would say Mayweather took a dive.
Still, that would affect Floyd Mayweather more than it would affect the entire sport. In the eyes of most boxing fans, Mayweather and boxing are now separate entities.
As much as Mayweather has reshaped the approach for many fighters, the fact remains.
Nothing Floyd Mayweather does is for the betterment of the sport of Boxing.
Love it or hate it, Mayweather is in business for himself.
Mayweather vs McGregor is the perfect example of that.
It follows the narrative that Mayweather has kept up since beating Oscar De La Hoya in 2007.
Floyd Mayweather is in it for the prize and has done very well for himself in that department. He’s mastered the art of business boxing and isn’t here to compete with the best the sport has to offer.
His game plan has been high reward with as low of a risk as possible.
Granted, Mayweather did face a young Canelo Alvarez when people said he wouldn’t. But don’t think that Mayweather wasn’t smart enough to assess the risk with the reward.
Mayweather has divorced himself from the sport. In a way, he is to boxing what Hulk Hogan has been to pro wrestling.
At a certain point, the individual becomes bigger than the sport and no longer has a bearing on its future. He’s an anomaly of sorts that we may never see again. He’s big business with a pristine record.
Floyd Mayweather did his dirty work early in his career. He remained undefeated, toppled the biggest star in the sport and put himself in position to cash out at the highest level, and continued on that path.
It’s a path that will not be followed by another boxer for quite some time, if ever.
Mayweather vs. McGregor
Floyd’s fight with McGregor is an extension of his master plan and has no bearing on the sport of boxing whatsoever.
He’ll cash out, as will McGregor. The talking heads across various podcasts and sports networks will talk like they know what they’re talking about.
Then likely never talk about boxing ever again.
That’s how much this fight will affect boxing. It will have an effect on the PPV buys for Canelo-GGG because of the timing of the two events, but that’s about the extent of it.
You can blame Mayweather vs Pacquiao all you want, but boxing wasn’t being discussed on mainstream sports talk shows very much before or after that fight.
After the show that is Mayweather vs McGregor, sportswriters will go back to covering the NBA and NFL. Boxing will be way off their radar.
The same can be said for a majority of the people who will buy the pay per view event. It’s an “event”, nothing more than that.
Meanwhile, boxing has had an excellent 2017 with a bevy of great fights and excellent matchmaking.
It has been the kind of year that once again proves that boxing is far from dead.
The sour taste of Mayweather vs. Pacquiao that was left on quite a few after the megafight turned out to be a one-sided contest has since evaporated.
In the middle of boxing’s great year, the announcement of Mayweather vs. McGregor has become this thing that can undo what boxing has accomplished.
It’s simply untrue.
It’s like saying that an unexciting Super Bowl will ruin the NFL or the NBA All-Star Game hurts the perception of the NBA or the Home Run Derby hurts the MLB.
It’s all silly conjecture from a group of people who aren’t fans of the sport, to begin with.
Ultimately, that’s where a majority of this talk has come from people who aren’t really boxing fans.
Rest assured, boxing will be in the same state it was before and after Mayweather-McGregor, for better or worse.