What happens when you take a 5 division world boxing champion and match him up against the world’s lightweight champion UFC fighter? You end up promoting an event valued in the hundreds of millions, but calling it a fight might be a stretch according to some circles.
There’s no mistaking both men are incredibly talented athletes who know how to fight in their own rights. The matchup has garnered a lot of interest across the internet, despite many favoring Mayweather to win. It’s a reasonable bet, given McGregor will be fighting Mayweather on his terms – boxing. Still, the matchup has many on the edge of their seats. The stakes are high, and both fighters know how to put on a show.
But it begs the question: is it a show, or a fight? Given ticket revenue in the millions and a purse estimated at $100 million, Is this what happens when the sport focuses on money for the sake of a good show? Boxing champion Oscar De La Hoya seems to think so:
“You’re going to ask McGregor to go inside a boxing ring, where he has no experience whatsoever…I call it a circus, I don’t think it’s fair for the sport of boxing.”
IBF middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin shared that belief.
“This [Mayweather-McGregor] is not for fighters, but business,” he said.
Some would disagree, and perhaps that debate is adding to the interest of this event. Regardless of your stance, Mayweather v. McGregor is sure to attract viewers all across the world, eager to see if Mayweather can hold his undefeated record, or if McGregor will pull off an amazing upset victory. And depending on how much is made off this fight or who ends up winning, could determine if we see more fights like this in the future.