Beware the Splinters is Salute Magazine’s weekly sports column, authored by Sports Editor Dustin Brown. The column will be a weekly look at something that has ruffled the feathers of Mr. Brown or is just a topic he feels he needs to rant about or discuss. This week’s column focuses on the laughingstock that is the Mayweather versus McGregor fight.
Anyone expecting anything out of the Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor boxing match on Aug. 26 is in for a rude awakening. This fight is nothing more than a money grabbing, shit-talking spectacle that is all about the hype, but not the fight itself.
The boxing world has shrunk over the past several years and is attempting to use this fight as a chance to gain some credibility after several big fights have faced ruin from the judges. Dana White and the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) are also promoting their brand through this circus.
Several years ago, boxing suffered the loss of fans as a result of no big-name boxers and credibility issues with judges within the sport. How would anyone think that the sport could recover from this loss? While there are still some names remaining within boxing, it has fallen far from its dominance in the ’80s and ’90s.
And it is almost as if boxing and mixed martial arts traded places roughly 15-20 years ago, in terms of popularity and social relevance. Mind you, I’m not a huge boxing fan because of the fact that the sport died to me as the spotlight faded on several heavyweight’s careers years ago.
I had the opportunity to grow up watching some of the best boxers ever, including Mike Tyson, but the sport has lost its appeal. And I’m not the only fan that has decided that boxing is dead.
Throw in the fact that boxing has so many belts in its weight divisions, and it only adds to fans frustrations with the sport.
But, the UFC is no saint either.
Several fighters came out and shredded the idea of Reebok being the sponsor of the UFC and that the deal cost them millions of dollars. And there has been a recent exodus of fighters that have jumped from the UFC to Bellator.
And that brings us to the present.
Mayweather and McGregor held a press world tour to promote the fight, and the two fighters did not disappoint those looking for a barrage of insults and curse words flying around like a combo from Mayweather himself. However, it became clear that this fight is more about promotion and hype than it is about whether fans will see a good fight or not.
The asking price for the pay-per-view only fight is going to be a whopping $99.95 to watch it from home in high-definition or $10 cheaper in standard definition, according to the Los Angeles Times. The same report says that UFC President Dana White expects the fight to surpass the previous record of 4.6 million pay-per-view sales.
With all the hype and circumstances surrounding this fight, they should expect the record to be broken.
But, the fans have the last say in how successful this fight will be and hold all control in this scenario. Much like the talk of NFL players going on strike to get paid like NBA players, fans can stick it to the sport of boxing and the UFC.
So feel free to forgo the price of admission and flock to your nearest casino or sports bar and save yourself the $100 price tag. We all know that this fight won’t live up to the hype anyway.
Watch: Mayweather and McGregor press conference moments