Mayweather vs. McGregor: Good for Boxing or Crap?

By Robert Ecksel on March 13, 2017
Mayweather vs. McGregor: Good for Boxing or Crap?
“It’s an event that will draw major revenue. That’s what boxing is supposed to be about.”

“A fight between Mayweather Jr. and McGregor is a fraud, it’s crap,” said Chavez Sr. “This is a good business for the morbid…”

Now that Floyd Mayweather has officially unretired, the only surprise being that it took so long, he can finally fight Conor McGregor.

“I’m coming out of retirement, just to fight Conor McGregor,” said Mayweather. “I don’t want to hear no more excuses about the money, about the UFC. Sign the paperwork with the UFC so you can fight me in June.”

McGregor is not a boxer, having never boxed professionally in his life. But why quibble? He’s got a name, at least in MMA circles, and while it’s liable to be a one-sided freak show, it will be a one-sided freak show that turns a tidy profit, which is all that matters.

Mayweather, however, has grown tired of the delays.

“You’re the B side, I’m the A side,” he said. “We’re not here to cry about money. I’m tired of all this crying about money and talking about you want to fight. You blowing smoke up everybody’s ass. If you want to fight, sign the paperwork. Let’s do it.”

As eager as Mayweather appears to be to want to fight McGregor, enthusiasm in some quarters is muted. Julio Cesar Chavez Sr., for one, is as interested in this fight as he is interested in watching someone pull the wings off a fly.

“A fight between Mayweather Jr. and McGregor is a fraud, it’s crap,” he said. “This is a good business for the morbid. McGregor has no chance against Mayweather Jr. I can assure you that at my age of 54 years, and in my current physical state, and without having trained enough—I am able to defeat the UFC star.”

One of the fight’s boosters in Roy Jones Jr. He can still talk with the best of them, but reasoning may be beyond his ken.

“To me, the MMA guys are good, they are great guys, but what it boils down to is a jack of all trades versus the master of one,” Jones told On The Ropes Boxing Radio. “Usually the jack of all traders is not supposed to beat the master of one. I can’t really see how McGregor beats the master of one. He is a guy who tries hard and is going to come out and give it his best effort, but it’s very hard for a jack of all trades to beat the master of one at that one particular trait.”

No argument there. Maybe Roy should have stopped while he was ahead.

“How can it possibly hurt boxing unless Conor got lucky and knocked Floyd Mayweather out?” he continued. “How else could that possibly hurt boxing? It’s going to bring even more attention to boxing than him fighting another boxer. It’s going to bring more revenue to boxing and MMA than anything else, so how can that possibly hurt boxing?”

How can it possibly hurt boxing?

Let me count the ways.

Boxing is already held in low esteem by most of the sporting public. The reasons for that are many, but the sport has lost credibility in the minds of many and a fight with Conor McGregor will reduce its credibility further.

No one expects Mayweather to care. He’s riding high and will be riding high in the foreseeable future. But the retreating fan base, that admittedly knows little about the sport, will retreat even more if he and McGregor fight in June.

“I think most people have gotten over [the 2015 fight between Mayweather and Pacquiao] and I think that’s why they’re talking so much about the McGregor fight because they are looking at what’s next,” continued Jones. “What’s next on the list of great things that Floyd Mayweather has brought to boxing is Conor McGregor. It’s a big time event, it’s an event that will draw major revenue, and that’s what boxing is supposed to be about, so that has to be what’s next.”

Who knows? The fight might even start a crossover trend. And no one will be any the wiser, especially now that they have “gotten over” the Mayweather-Pacquiao fiasco.

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  1. nonprophet 07:10am, 03/16/2017

    Carlos… you call it “hope?” 

    Don’t waste your energy or time hoping for the impossible.  Only thing to consider hoping for is the hope that Conor escapes with his faculties intact. 

    Forget about Floyd.  McGregor wouldn’t last ONE ROUND against a single ranked boxer just as Floyd wouldn’t last a round against a ranked MMA fighter. 

    So, let’s make the title of this impending mismatch “Toyed By Floyd.”

    Once Conor is exposed (again, as he was by Diaz) by Floyd, all that MMA swagger goes out the window.

    Keep in mind, Carlos; you can’t “tap out” in boxing.  But you sure can get knocked out.

  2. Captain MAGA 11:32am, 03/14/2017

    I think the Dempsey vs. Cowboy Luttrell fight was yet another FIXED boxer vs rassler gimick. I thought that the proposed Marciano vs. Lou Thesz mixed match was legit because Sports Illustrated had reserved a space for a few comments about this possible matchup. Come to find out that Thesz had a couple of “fights” with Jersey Joe Walcott before.. Hell, they even had rumors of an aged Lou Thesz possibly facing Sonny Liston in one of these “fights.” I think Thesz was probably about fitty years old or so at the time. No comparison here. Conor isn’t an “entertainer,” he is a fighter, but he definitely taint no world class boxer. Anyone who forks out cabbage to see this mismatch is going to be highly disappointed. Floyd takes this easy. Kudos to Conor, it takes guts or stupidity to be so limited and challenge someone like Floyd in his chosen profession. This will be target practice for Floyd.

  3. nicolas 10:36am, 03/14/2017

    Somewhat brings back memories of what happened when Ali stepped into the ring with Anonio Inoki, or when people payed closed circuit TV money to see Evel Knevel jump over the Grand Canyon. If this is as advertised, a boxing match, it will be a big ripoff. If Mayweather though does not stop McGregor, I don’t see it as a loss for boxing.That loss may have already somewhat taken place. At one time, anyone who was a great boxer was considered to probably be better in a fight that let us say some martial arts competitor. However this is not the case any more. Now people are not so sure if the best heavyweight in the MMA could not defeat the best heavyweight in boxing in a fight, and I am not talking boxing match. Excellent comment by Chavez Sr, I didn’t know that he had it in him.

  4. Koolz 10:09am, 03/14/2017

    Does McGegor even make to the third or sixth round?  It’s one thing to fight for three rounds and something else to go 12 rounds.

    Also does McGregor have the foot work and timing to even hit Mayweather in this fight?

    I can’t help but want to see this fight! I would love to see McGregor some how striking and hitting Mayweather straight in the face. 

    By the by in this reality Atlantis is Rising.

  5. Fan 10:03am, 03/14/2017

    it will be better Mayweather vs GGG or Mayweather vs Lara…

  6. The Fight Film Collector 09:56am, 03/14/2017

    There are some parallels between this caper and the Dempsey-Luttrell fight of 1940, at least in the setup.  ( see:  http://www.boxing.com/jack_dempseys_mma_fight.html)  Important to note, the Lutrell fight does not appear on Dempsey’s official professional record.  And McGreggor should not count on Mayweather’s pro list either.  But that’s the only reason Floyd has agreed to this event.  If this goes down as 50, then why not list the security guard and of course the women Floyd punched out as well.

  7. Captain MAGA 08:39pm, 03/13/2017

    The Pros for Conor
    Larger man, look at the frame & head size, Floyd is a good deal smaller.
    No pressure. He isn’t supposed to do well, even advancing into the next round is a victory for Conor. While Floyd has everything to lose, Conor has nothing to lose. And they say that the most dangerous man is the one who has nothing left to lose. Imagine if you will, the 49-0 all time great P4P champs losing to MMA fighter with not one pro boxing bout in his record. A bout like this wouldn’t even be sancitioned under competent rules and guidelines. So we have a man entering his first formal boxing match against an undefeated, multidivision champion for 12 rounds. Can Conor even box 8 or 10 rounds yet? Floyd plays a little too long and then decides to end it with a straight knockout in 3.

  8. Carlos Torres 08:05pm, 03/13/2017

    I hope McGregor steps into the ring and swiftly kicks Mayweather on his head and knocks him out cold.

  9. Captain MAGA 02:54pm, 03/13/2017

    IF Conor manages to last 3 rounds with Floyd, boxing will suffer. If a boxing neophyte like McGregor manages to extend one of boxing’s all time greats past a couple of rounds, that doesn’t exactly help boxing. Floyd & boxing are in a no win situation especially when you consider how poorly boxers have performed against MMA fighters in the cage. Floyd HAS to knockout this loudmouth in 1-2 rounds to save face.

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