Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Mayweather-McGregor what it tells to the fans more than it does the fighters

LAS VEGAS – Okay, Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor, enough now. Saturday night’s culmination of a two-month promotional spectacle wasn’t a sham or a total farce, wasn’t an embarrassment to boxing or the worst thing to befall combat sports. It was actually quite good at times, really good at others. But, please, enough now.

No rematch, no do-over, no more circuit of coarse promotion and ballyhoo. Thank you, you gave us something to talk about during these quiet days of summer swelter and filled a hole in the sporting calendar. In return, we forked over our money so you could each pocket nine figures to spend on whatever your heart chooses.

Mayweather-McGregor was always going to be more like a soap opera than a sporting event, months of anticipation building up to a nerve-jangling crescendo. It wasn’t the greatest battle in history, but it was interesting enough, and as season finales go, it had its moments.

McGregor, stepping over from mixed martial arts and the Ultimate Fighting Championship, was a worthy contender and a plucky loser, fearless in his attacking intent before ultimately running out of steam as the rounds wore on. He landed some fine shots and Mayweather, as he vowed to do, came forward far more than usual and took up the fight.

“I could have sat back and counterpunched and made it boring,” Mayweather said. “I didn’t do that. I felt like I owed the fans a last hurrah.”

The result was never in serious doubt, not even when McGregor won the first three rounds on the scorecards of most observers, if not two of judges, who the Irishman decried as “biased” afterward.