Floyd Mayweahter and Conor McGregor doing more harm than good

Conor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather exchanged
taunts and insults at an event in London promoting
their upcoming fight in August.

Boxers Connor McGregor, right and Floyd Mayweather
left, are separated by UFC President Dana White.

WHEN Floyd Mayweather’s fight with UFC star Conor
McGregor was announced last month, most of the boxing world
either shrugged or cringed.

Those looking for positives suggested casual fans who haven’t
been exposed to boxing might become enchanted with the sport.

Well, after four stops of the Mayweather-McGregor world tour,
it is time to cringe. Mayweather-McGregor quickly has turned
into some kind of bad vaudeville act resorting to gutter
language to promote a bout that everyone already knows about.
It is billed as a boxing match. But what we’ve seen so far has
little to do with boxing.

Boxers Connor McGregor, right and Floyd Mayweather left, are separated by UFC President Dana White.

Boxers Connor McGregor, right
and Floyd Mayweather left, are separated by UFC President
Dana White.
Source:AP

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 looks on during the Floyd Mayweather Jr. v Conor McGregor World Press Tour.

Conor McGregor looks on during
the Floyd Mayweather Jr. v Conor McGregor World Press
Tour.
Source:Getty Images

Instead, those fighting on Saturday’s card on Long Island were
complimentary towards their opponents and looked forward to
displaying their skills. That is what boxing has been about
99.9 per cent of the time.

The Mayweather-McGregor World Tour actually might have done
more harm than good.

About the only thing it accomplished was to display how crass
the two fighters could be to one another. Two world tour stops
would have been plenty.

These are fighters, not nightclub acts.

The first one in Los Angeles was businesslike. The second in
Toronto turned more personal. The third stop in Brooklyn
bordered on disgusting, and the final leg in London was a like
a bad act in need of new material.

McGregor actually was booed at Barclays Center when he made a
vulgar gyration for his “black female fans,” then Mayweather
went to the gutter by calling McGregor a homophobic slur in
London. It was more WWE than boxing and even was over the top
for UFC, which can get raunchy in its buildups.

Irish boxer Connor McGregor, right and US boxer Floyd Mayweather.

Irish boxer Connor McGregor,
right and US boxer Floyd Mayweather.
Source:AP

Once the Mayweather-McGregor tour, which covered 14,000 miles
through three countries, was completed, an estimated 50,000
fans in attendance and millions watching on social media
witnessed two bullies acting like high school rivals.

And let’s be real: If you’re a casual sports fan not familiar
with combat sports, why would you be drawn to any of this after
listening to Mayweather and McGregor last week?

Yes, it might turn out to be the richest boxing event of all
time because there are enough MMA fans who love everything
McGregor and curious boxing fans to do big business. But this
is a novelty and not a referendum on boxing or MMA.

Sure there have been plenty of trash-talkers in boxing, but
there is a line that isn’t often crossed, and when it is, there
are repercussions. Angel Garcia, the father of Danny Garcia,
found that out when he uttered a string of B-words and N-words
at Keith Thurman during a presser at the Barclays Center.

The elder Garcia was hauled in front of the New York State
Athletic Commission and nearly lost the chance to work his
son’s corner.

Truth is there were way more UFC fans at the
Mayweather-McGregor press conferences. They’re used to the
orchestrated trash talk. It is part of that sport’s appeal.
Boxing needs to hold itself to a higher standard.

Conor McGregor taunts Floyd Mayweather.

Conor McGregor taunts Floyd
Mayweather.
Source:Getty Images

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