Hello, boxing and MMA fans. I want to rant a little bit about something very popular in sports news today: Floyd Mayweather, Jr. v. Conor McGregor. How should I put this? Ummm, I just don’t really care. Just as much as I didn’t want to see Mayweather v. Pacquiao years ago after they dredged out what I believed would be a very boring fight featuring two fighters who didn’t seem as if they would match up as well in the ring as they would on paper. So, here we go again. Say this fight takes place in a boxing ring. If McGregor doesn’t have enough power behind his punches, this will end one of two ways: Either Mayweather knocks him out or we have to sit through 12 very boring one-sided rounds with Mayweather being the victor. Who would really want to see that? And, what does it prove? McGregor has already shown he can be knocked out when standing directly in front of a true puncher. Honestly, I really don’t understand why McGregor is the one being discussed as a possible opponent for this cross-over fight. Isn’t there anyone better within 15 pounds either way that could jump in and prove to be much better competition? Now, don’t get me wrong. It’s possible that McGregor steps into a boxing ring with all of the power and energy in the world, comes in fast, and just throws a ridiculous flurry of punches early in the fight that stops a ring-rusted Mayweather from responding and ultimately causes the ref to stop the fight. That could happen, but my point still remains… Who cares? There are so many great fights being made, about which not many people are talking. Take for instance these three:
Saul “Canelo” Alvarez v. Gennady “GGG” Golovkin
Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev v. André Ward
Kell Brook v. Errol Spence, Jr.
Also, one of the best up-and-coming fighters in this generation, Terence Crawford, is fighting free to the public on HBO next Saturday, May 20th. These are fights that should be getting more attention. These are guys who will undoubtedly be slugging it out and giving it their all in their bouts… and doing it for much less than what is being demanded of an overrated boxer in Mayweather and a man who has never proven himself inside of a boxing ring in McGregor. Ok, so I expect everyone to now come at me and tell me that they don’t agree with me. That’s fine. Call me names. Back your guy. Back the fight. I’ve been around this sport long enough, though, that I know what I’m saying. Just because a fighter is a fan favorite doesn’t mean he will always come to fight or produce fireworks if he’s improperly matched up with another. I, again, bring up Mayweather v. Pacquiao. If the fight between Mayweather & McGregor ever does happen – and, I really hope that it doesn’t – I think people will then see what I’m saying. I just don’t care.