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McGregor vs Mayweather : Floyd will be ‘too clever’ for McGregor on August 26, says Ricky Burns.

In Biblical terms, Conor McGregor taking on Floyd Mayweather is David vs Goliath. But there is a more recent, apt example to draw parallels with — Michael Phelps vs Great White Shark. The latter, arguably the greatest aquatic killing machine. The former, a swimming champion — who has like most humans, spent the majority of his life on land. The event was publicised as the greatest Man vs Wild event ever. For all you could fathom from the teasers, this was going to be a race to the finish line between the champions in the chilly Atlantic waters.

Thankfully, nothing like that happened and Phelps only had to swim in the Atlantic while a simulated shark was added to the final footage by Discovery’s graphics team. But the hype had ensured Discovery averaged more than five million total viewers, making it the the No. 1 basic cable network on primetime Sunday night. The key words being ‘hype’ and ‘numbers’ here.

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mayweather vs mcgregor fight

Much like sharks, boxing is under threat and needs saving. While the Mayweathers and the Pacquiaos might still be amongst the highest paid athletes, boxing has been feeling the heat with dwindling viewership, and fans taking to other combat sports, like Mixed Martial Arts’ Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). The boxing Federation did try to brush away all claims saying the number was distorted due to pirate websites streaming the matches, but truth is, boxing has been on a downward trajectory for a while now.

(FILES) This file photo taken on July 11, 2017 shows Floyd Mayweather Jr. (L)as he faces off for the first time with UFC fighter Conor McGregor during a press call at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor will be allowed to wear lighter gloves when they clash in their Las Vegas superfight this month, it was confirmed on August 16, 2017. The Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) approved a request from both fighters to switch from 10-ounce (283-gram) to eight ounce gloves, despite concerns raised by safety experts. Lighter gloves carry less padding over the knuckles, potentially making for a more explosive spectacle. / AFP PHOTO / Gene Blevins

This file photo taken on 11 July 2017 shows Floyd Mayweather Jr (L)as he faces off for the first time with UFC fighter Conor McGregor during a press call at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California.

Australian betting website Btwin reported that while 4.6 million tuned in to watch Manny Pacquiao take on Floyd Mayweather (2015), only one other bout crossed the million views mark till late 2016. In the same time frame, five UFC bouts crossed the 1 million viewers mark. Boxing did salvage some pride with Pacquiao v Horn averaging 3.1 million and Keith Thurman v Danny Garcia (which was free on TV) hitting 3.7 million. But to put things to perspective, Lennox Lewis v Mike Tyson fetched a 7.5 million subscription audience while the Muhammad Ali vs Joe Frazier bout, dubbed ‘The Fight Of The Century’, was watched by 27.3 million in the US alone.

So why is the viewership falling? The strongest claim, something the boxing federation perhaps seems to believe, is that the fight has gone out of boxing. People want punches, blood, contact and characters. While Mayweather might be a big talker outside the ring, he is a seasoned fighter best known for dancing away from the punches than delivering them. Manny Pacquiao is an Asian and his foray into politics coupled with his constant homophobic slurs meant there was little to milk out of him.

The lack of characters of meant the focus became on the sport itself and how the fights were fought. While it is natural for sport to evolve — just as the blood-spitting defenders of the past have been replaced by elegant playmaking defenders in modern football — boxing lost its so called ‘bloody’ appeal in the process. A glimpse through top boxing blogs in the last decade would see umpteen calls for boxing to change its ‘sissy’ stance and encourage more action. People wanted to see a fight, a knock-out, and an uproar. Not just a loud build up with little aggression in the actual fight. And boxing, struggling to find its modern day equivalent of Muhammad Ali, Sugar Ray Leonard or Rocky Marciano, had to oblige.

It tried to address the issue by making two bizarre announcements in the the summer of 2016: 1) Helmets became no longer compulsory in amateur boxing. 2) Even professional boxers could take part in the Rio Olympics.

The decisions were essentially boxing announcing ‘let us bring back the good old blood’.

While the timing of it meant not a lot of pro boxers could take part in Olympics, this was a clear indicator of what boxing’s policy will be for the future. A policy that is guaranteed to win in 2017 — polarising, borderline populist, but by-and-large problematic. Boxing needed to consolidate its blood loving, trash-talk-loving audience who were shifting their allegiance to UFC. And what better way to do it than beat the mixed martial arts champion, a trash-talking, testosterone oozing beast, who has been winning the heart of combat sport lovers.

So after initial refusals from Mayweather’s side, the idea of a bout started picking up speed with traditional boxing investors flooding in to support. Suddenly it wasn’t just McGregor and UFC trying to take a big bite into the large cash pie that is professional boxing. This was the big spenders of boxing trying to ensure their sport remains on top. Overly hype the event and then beat McGregor. Bring the UFC audience to boxing, beat the sport, and stake claim to being the greatest combat sport.

Mayweather was more than happy to oblige. He will probably not have faced a less seasoned opponent all his life. This is after all McGregor’s debut bout. What an easy way to equal Rocky Marciano’s 49-0 record. Not to forget make a lot of money in the process.

Honestly, what are the odds of this even being close? Yes, a lot of us did think Phelps would race a shark and a lot of people would tune in to watch Mayweather v McGregor under the impression that the battle will be close. But you do not win 49 professional bouts for nothing. Add to that the fact that McGregor, a master at using his entire body to pin the opponent, will not have his lower body to rely on to knock out the opponent. McGregor is going to get killed.

The build up tour has been in tune with the overall narrative. Both the boxers have resorted to gimmicks that will give the masculinity-demanding fans a turn on. Both called each other a ‘pussy’ (multiple times); ‘bi**h’ was used like a conjunction, and there was McGregor’s ‘monkey’ chant. Sexism, racism… you name it they gave it. And the fans apparently love it.

If early predictions are to be believed, the bout could generate the biggest pay-per-view event of all time, with Mayweather set to make around 100 million dollars from the battle.

Sadly, the best thing boxing has to offer in 2017 will be a battle between a seasoned boxer looking for one last fat pay cheque and a Mixed Martial Arts champions who has never boxed. Maybe boxing should take a deep breath and introspect.

While entertainment, packaging, and promotion are essential components for modern day sports to survive, nothing can beat quality inside the ring. But it could really backfire as well? The Mayweather v McGregor battle has the potential to be dull. Mayweather is known for his defensive approach, and he would be happy to dodge punches and end it at that.

What if the bout becomes a dull match with no knockouts? That will hardly do the world of boxing any good, will it? Their champion struggling to take down MMA’s McGregor.

Ali or Leonard did not became popular for what they did outside the ring. And hence, what boxing really needs is to focus on identifying stars at an early stage and make the sport a sport again. Pacquiao and Mayweather are at the end of their careers and boxing really has no one to take over the baton from them.

How things have changed since French theorist Roland Barthes wrote about boxing in his ‘Mythologies’: In his famous essay on amateur wrestling, Barthes says, “The logical conclusion of the contest does not interest the wrestling-fan, while on the contrary a boxing-match always implies a science of the future.”

While this might have been true in the 1950s, boxing has been to reduced to a hyped up spectacle with results getting more and more predictable. Something the philosopher believed amateur wrestling was.

Will the Mayweather v McGregor bout bring about a change in fortunes for boxing? Will it help eat into UFC’s audience? Or is boxing dying?

Source : firstpost.com

Floyd Mayweather, Conor McGregor : still trying to hype their fight

LAS VEGAS (AP) — It’s a fight (or at least an event) born and bred by social media. There is really no reason for Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Conor McGregor to meet in a boxing ring Aug. 26 other than a lot of UFC fans think it’s a great idea and it will make the two fighters a great deal of money.

So it’s little surprise that both are trying their hardest to find something — anything, really — to kick start a promotion that has floundered after a four-city preview tour last month was met with mixed reviews.

If you haven’t been paying attention, here’s a condensed version of the latest from As The World Turns, Mayweather-McGregor style:

SMALLER GLOVES: Mayweather began the week by declaring on social media that he is not only willing but eager to fight with smaller gloves than the 10-ounce gloves used in 154-pound boxing matches in Nevada. That isn’t terribly significant, except that UFC fighters use four-ounce gloves and UFC fans believe McGregor would be able to knock Mayweather out easier with smaller gloves. The only problem is Nevada boxing officials would have to make a rule exception to approve the smaller gloves, and Mayweather hasn’t asked them to do that. Chalk this up as nothing more than a promotional smoke screen.
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MONEY IN PLAY: The second episode of Showtime’s All Access series promoting the fight opened with Mayweather showing off stacks of money while talking about how he will make even more against McGregor. Later, he bought shoes for his son and a $20,000 purse for his teenage daughter. It’s an old act, one Mayweather has used since he fought Oscar De La Hoya 10 years ago, and a tired one.

SPARRING SPAT: In what Paulie Malignaggi sees as Fake News, McGregor’s camp put pictures out online showing him on the canvas in a sparring session with McGregor. Malignaggi tweeted his disgust and claimed he had whipped McGregor in both of their sparring sessions, then announced he was leaving the McGregor camp. The real news here is Malignaggi, a Showtime analyst who will work the bout, is nothing more than a shill for the fight. It’s in his network’s best interests to promote it as much as possible, and his reasons for sparring with McGregor are suspect at best.

STRIPPED AWAY: If the fight business doesn’t work out for Mayweather, he’s still got a stable of women working for him at his strip club. Mayweather took time off training to put pictures online promoting his Girl Collection club that opened earlier this year just a short drive from where he and McGregor will meet at the T-Mobile Arena.

NEW JOB: McGregor is also getting in the entertainment business. He announced this week he signed to be a host at the Beach Club at the Encore hotel for two years, beginning the night of the fight.

LOTS OF TICKETS: There are still tickets — and lots of them — available for the fight. For some reason (embarrassingly lousy sales perhaps?) Ticketmaster has disabled its interactive screen that would show all the seats in the arena, but original tickets — not resale — are available from $3,500 in almost every part of the arena. There are also still plenty of closed circuit tickets left to watch at various MGM Resorts hotels at $335.41 for two seats and the MGM Grand has cut its room rates for the weekend.

BETTING: A staggering 95 percent of the tickets (and 85 percent of the money) are on McGregor (now at the William Hill chain of sports books). If Mayweather should somehow lose, the chain’s Nevada books will suffer their worst loss ever, more than a million dollars.

UPCOMING: Both fighters will hold separate media days this week. Expect lots of F-bombs and pontificating, but little about the actual fight itself.

Source : seattletimes.com

When is Floyd Mayweather vs Conor McGregor? Fight date, time, TV channel and price.

The superfight between undefeated former champion Floyd “Money” Mayweather and UFC champion Conor “Notorious” McGregor is creeping closer and closer, and both fighters are starting to step up their preparations.

Showtime continues to shadow the two fighters with its All Access series as they get ready for the August 26 showdown at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

Episode 1 primarily concerned itself with the promotional tour involving the two fighters and the war of words involving Floyd Mayweather Sr. and the two fighters. Floyd’s father was happy to engage McGregor, and the Irish fighter did not hesitate to fire back. He attempted to belittle Mayweather with his verbal assault, while the two Mayweathers were dismissive of McGregor’s skills.

The second episode did not show the two men engaging each other, but both were free with their philosophies and opinions.

Mayweather was quite interested in making sure that everyone knew he was not hurting for money.He explained that he was going to make $300 million for “36 minutes of work” and that he had plenty of money without the upcoming payday.

With that statement, Mayweather had one of his assistants hand him a large leather satchel, and Mayweather started pulling out bricks of $100 bills (53-second mark). “You won’t make this in a lifetime,” Mayweather said in his matter-of-fact style.

While Mayweather was counting his money, McGregor was in the gym trying on regular boxing gloves and head gear, and it all seemed new to him. After he got his gloves on, he says to himself that Mayweather will be unconscious inside of four rounds.

Mayweather, meanwhile, was not in the gym preparing for the fight. Instead, he was doing hot yoga with a number of women, and when he was done exercising, he was talking about his interest in strip clubs and that might be his next venture after boxing.

While most seem to think that McGregor’s UFC career means that he doesn’t have a boxing background, Showtime’s cameras went to the Crumlin Boxing Club in Crumlin, Ireland. That’s where McGregor’s interest in combat sports started, and he learned his trade at that club at the age of 10, where he stayed for seven years.

Phil Sutcliffe runs the show at Crumlin, and he worked with McGregor to become a southpaw boxer. Sutcliffe explained that it gave McGregor more options when fighting because he had power in both hands.

Mayweather left Las Vegas and was relaxing in Miami, talking about how many mansions he has and once again going on about his cash. He was not interested in training at this point, and when he returned to Las Vegas, he went roller skating and shopping with his children.

McGregor flew in boxing analyst Paulie Malignaggi to help him prepare for his fight with Mayweather. McGregor said that he had heard Malignaggi talk about him in the past, so he wanted to give the ex-fighter a chance to feel his thunder.

While the cameras and recording devices were turned off during their time in the ring together, the McGregor camp released a photo of McGregor putting both hands behind his back as he sparred with Malignaggi. McGregor also said that he whipped his opponent, even though no proof was offered.

When the subject turned back to Mayweather, McGregor explained that everybody who had gotten in the ring with him had been afraid of him and respected his talent too much.

The Irishman said that would not be an issue because he has a much different mindset. “I don’t hold respect for Floyd,” McGregor said. “Floyd’s in for the shock of his life.”

The Mayweather-McGregor bout will be available on Showtime pay-per-view at a cost of $89.95 ($99.95 for high definition).

Source: bleacherreport.com

Watch Conor McGregor vs. Floyd Mayweather Live All Access series Showtime Sports PPV.

I’ve never seen Conor McGregor fight. I don’t watch or care about MMA. That’s not a statement about, or condemnation of, McGregor or MMA; it speaks only to my own preferences and biases.

So this is a piece I’d never have written without Deadspin—or someone—suggesting it to me and offering to pay me for it. I’d have ignored the fight otherwise.

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But lately, at the urging of friends and as a requirement for writing this article, I’ve watched some videos of McGregor training and sparring in preparation for his upcoming fight against Floyd Mayweather, Jr. They baffle me. I can’t figure out whether McGregor is a deluded megalomaniac who actually believes he can box, a total beginner who doesn’t care that he can’t box, or a performance artist with an agenda, deliberately presenting himself as the least gifted, most buffoonish prizefighter imaginable as a way to fuck with Mayweather’s followers. It’s not just that he’s a novice; it’s that he’s a talentless novice. No one could have taught him to be a good fighter, no matter how early in his life they’d gotten him started.

I wonder whether if at some level McGregor’s supporters are in denial about how entirely his usual fighting options will be unavailable to him in this fight. If McGregor were confined solely to boxing, Mayweather’s dad, Floyd Mayweather Sr., now 64 years old, would kick the shit out of him.

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The Score Floyd Mayweather May Be Too Dumb (Or Proud) To Make

Floyd Mayweather, Jr. is the most successful fighter in boxing history. He’s a very good fighter, maybe even better than very good, but his success is predicated more on knowing how to call his own shots, astute matchmaking, an uncanny aptitude for reading the public, an unpleasant persona that guarantees that people will pay to see him get beat, and a cynicism for boxing fans that borders on contempt than on any extraordinary accomplishments in the ring.

If he didn’t care about the legacy he single-handedly constructed (and, as a brilliant con man playing out the string at the end of a long, long con, he shouldn’t care), his final stroke of genius would have been to bet against himself at the beginning of the odds cycle during the very brief time they were 225-1—before jackpot hunters and McGregor hysteria brought the line closer—and then lose the fight in a freakish manner that didn’t hurt his reputation or foreclose the possibility of a redemptive rematch and would allow him to walk away with an additional hundred million dollars or more.

That would be the ultimate fuck you. I don’t think Mayweather is smart enough or secure enough to pull it off.

Source : deadspin.com