When Floyd Mayweather’s fight with UFC star Conor McGregor was announced last month, most of the boxing world shrugged or shrugged. Those looking for good points suggest that occasional fans who have not been exposed to McGregor Mayweahter boxing could be charmed by the sport.
Well, after four stops on the McGregor Mayweahter world tour, it’s time to shrink. McGregor Mayweahter has quickly become a kind of bad vaudeville act using the gutter tongue to promote a fight that everyone already knows. It is billed as a boxing match. But what we have seen so far has little to do with boxing.
Boxing is what took place at the Nassau Coliseum on Saturday night. These are young warriors who have dedicated their lives to Sweet Science, perfecting their skills through the ranks of amateurs, establishing themselves as professionals and hoping they are good enough to make the kind of money that will be established for lives.
It was Marcus Browne, a former Olympian, trying to protect his undefeated record against Seanie Monaghan, another undefeated light heavyweight.
The winner would put himself in a position for a coveted title shot that has been his dream since they put on the gloves.
It was Omar Figueroa, an unbeaten youngster from Texas, trying to get rid of a year of farewell to face former champion Robert Guerrero, who has been in the ring with Mayweather, and is trying to prove he is not washed up.
It was two Polish heavyweights named Arthur Szpilka and Adam Kownacki fighting for national pride in the middle of Long Island.
During the press conference to promote the PBC in the FOX event, there were no exchanges of blasphemies, nor vulgarities nor homophobic insults shouted, without beasts of race and without calling the executive network commissioners.
Instead, those who fought on Saturday’s Long Island card were polite to their opponents and hoped to demonstrate their skills. That’s what boxing has been around for 99.9 percent of the time.
The McGregor Mayweahter World Tour could actually have done more damage than good.
All he did was show how crass the two fighters could be to each other. Two world tour stops would have been enough.
These are the fighters, not the night acts.
The first one in Los Angeles was business. The second in Toronto became more personal. The third stop in Brooklyn skirted on disgusting, and the final leg in London was a bad act in need of new material.
McGregor was actually booed at the Barclays Center when he made a vulgar gyre for his “black female fans,” then Mayweather went to the gutter calling McGregor a homophobic insult in London. It was more WWE than boxing and was even more of the top UFC, which can get raunchy in their accumulations.
Once the McGregor Mayweahter tour, which covered 14,000 miles across three countries, was completed, it is estimated that 50,000 fans in attendance and millions watching on social networks witnessed two thugs acting as high school rivals.
And let’s face it: If you’re a casual sports fan who is not familiar with combat sports, why would you be drawn to this after listening to Mayweather and McGregor last week?
Yes, it could turn out to be the richest boxing event of all time because there are enough MMA fans who love all McGregor and curious boxing fans to do great business. But this is a novelty and not a referendum on boxing or MMA.
Sure there has been a lot of talkative junk in boxing, but there is a line that is not often crossed, and when it is, there are repercussions. Angel Garcia, the father of Danny Garcia, discovered it when he uttered a series of B words and N-words in Keith Thurman during a reporter at the Barclays Center.
Elder Garcia was taken in front of the New York State Athletic Commission and nearly missed the opportunity to work the corner of his son.
The truth is that there were more UFC fans at the McGregor Mayweahter press conferences. They are accustomed to orchestrated talk. It is part of the attraction of that sport. Boxing needs to be kept to a higher level.