Floyd Mayweather vs Conor McGregor Fight
Boxing is what took place at the Nassau Coliseum on Saturday night. It featured young warriors who have dedicated their lives to the Sweet Science, honing their skills through the amateur ranks, establishing themselves as professionals and hoping they’re good enough to making the kind of money that will set themselves up for lives.
It was Marcus Browne, a former Olympian, trying to protect his unbeaten record against Seanie Monaghan, another unbeaten light heavyweight.
The winner would put himself in a position for a coveted title shot that has been their dream since they put on gloves.
It was Omar Figueroa, a young unbeaten Texas, trying to shake off a year-long lay-off to take on Robert Guerrero, a former champion, who has been in the ring with Mayweather, and is trying to prove he isn’t 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 on FOX event, there were no profanities exchanged, no vulgarities or homophobic slurs shouted, no race baiting and no calling network executives weasels.
Conor McGregor has told Sky Sports News HQ he will change the face of boxing by beating Floyd Mayweather.
The Mixed Martial Arts supremo was in a confident and cheerful mood in front of a full SSE Wembley Arena on Friday evening, on the last leg of the World Press Tour for their August 26 fight.
McGregor, who was celebrating his 29th birthday, had the crowd behind him and made it clear that he will not only beat Mayweather but replace him as the sport’s biggest star.
For all the cringeworthy moments, over-the-top excess and borderline offensive speech (some not so borderline), there was one thing likely very clear to executives from Showtime, Mayweather Promotions and the UFC when they hopped onto planes Saturday in London to return home.
It all worked.
The numbers on YouTube and various other social media platforms were off the charts for the MayMac World Tour. Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor on Aug. 26 in Las Vegas might very well break the pay-per-view record of 4.6 million buys set by Mayweather vs. Manny Pacquiao in 2015. And if it does, you know brass will point to the lewd four-day, tour de farce world tour as the reason why.
“Times have changed,” Mayweather Promotions CEO Leonard Ellerbe said Thursday at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center. “You’ve gotta get away from the way things were done before, the traditional this and that. Nobody wants to see that shit. Ain’t nobody want to see that. People like to see people talking trash. You call it whatever you want to — that’s what people want to see.”
After all the “bitches” and “hos” and sexual gestures of Los Angeles, Toronto, Brooklyn and London, most of the casual fans have already forgotten that this is a matchup of an undefeated all-time great in boxing against a UFC champion with no pro boxing bouts to date. They just want to see Mayweather and McGregor fight. Maybe that was the point. It almost doesn’t even matter anymore what transpires at T-Mobile Arena. There will probably end up being a rematch, too.