Mayweather vs. McGregor PPV

By Marc Livitz on July 10, 2017
Mayweather vs. McGregor PPV
Something tells us that the price tag on the fight won't be part of "tax free" weekend.

Jeff Horn’s unanimous decision win over Manny Pacquiao was confirmed by an independent panel of five anonymous judges…

Render unto Kaiser, anyone? Monday afternoon had its fair share of boxing finger foods, so to speak. Jeff Horn’s unanimous decision win over Manny Pacquiao was confirmed by an independent panel of five anonymous judges who may share the same optometrist as the original three from ten days ago in Brisbane. We’ve all heard of having bigger fish to fry and now we’ve one to consider catching before we power up the grill. The August 26 showdown between Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor will cost a cool $99.95 to order on pay-per-view. Technically, a choice is indeed present because the standard definition broadcast is ten dollars cheaper but let’s face it, very few people these days can stomach a grainy and blurry pay TV telecast.

On Tuesday in Los Angeles, one of boxing’s greatest fighters of the modern era will begin a four city press tour alongside an MMA competitor who has no professional boxing experience. Fans in attendance in L.A., Toronto, New York and finally London will be given a thousand smiles to accompany the thousand reasons given to take the contest seriously and lighten their respective pockets come late August. Fair game and of course, business is business.

This contest will undoubtedly attract mainstream sports fans, which has been the goal most eluding boxing for so long. Mayweather’s 2007 clash with Oscar De La Hoya was tagged as the fight “to save boxing” by Sports Illustrated and his long awaited showdown with Manny Pacquiao two years ago boasted separate magazine covers for each fighter. What will we see for this one? Regardless of where one stands on the debate surrounding the bout, one thing remains abundantly clear. It will make lots and lots (and lots) of money. A fine line between the disciplines of boxing and mixed martial arts seem to go “poof” when the bottom line carries the weight. The majority of writers seem to be in agreement that the promotional buildup will be outstanding, as will the pay TV telecast. A great night for all, it seems until the actual fight begins.

A contest such as this is one where we may ask our guests, in the nicest way to contribute to the cost paid for it. MMA fans disappointed, boxing fans smiling at being right and general sports aficionados wondering if this was the best way to spend the final Saturday before their kids go back to school. Something tells us that the price tag on the fight won’t be part of “tax free” weekend. In any case, here’s a thought. If you don’t like it, then don’t watch it. Nothing’s ever that easy, though.

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