Hey, there’s a fight tonight? Are you excited? I’m not, for many reasons…..
Joe Favorito was said, “It (boxing) has been on life support for years in the eyes of many. Banished to small gyms as the UFC and WWE rose to prominence, gone from network TV, full of an alphabet soup of titles, a lack of U.S. buzz, no heavyweight stars, too violent and corrupt. Boxing many said, will soon be gone.”
ABOUT THE FIGHT
But first, here are the specifics from USA TODAY Sports:
TIME: Saturday, Aug. 26. 9 p.m. ET. (main card).
LOCATION: T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas.
DURATION: 12 x 3-minute rounds
REFEREE: Robert Byrd, Las Vegas, Nev.
RECORDS: Mayweather, 49-0 (26 KOs) – boxing. McGregor, 21-3 (18 KOs) – mixed martial arts.
ODDS: Mayweather -550, McGregor +350 (Mandalay Bay)
This is going to be a quick post because frankly I enjoy sports, not quirky, sensationalism. I have enjoyed the great boxers of my time – Ali, Patterson, Sugar Ray, Foreman, Frazier, & Marvelous Marvin Hagler (New England’s own Brockton native) and the great fights. But this is what it has come to?
Boxing’s interest has been diminishing, the art of boxing has taken blow after blow until it’s not considered mainstream anything, whether as a sport or a betting line. Nevada’s excited – heck, you can bet on anything in Nevada, can’t you? But boxing as a sport?
Remember The Manny Pacquiao-Jeff Horn welterweight title bout, boxing’s gift to the world as a non-pay-per-view Pacquiao title fight? Boxing’s experiment to try to re-kindle the sport? Thom Loverro of the Washington Post said it best, “Instead, what we got was another reason to dismiss boxing as a sideshow, as Horn — a national hero in Australia — was awarded a controversial win over Pacquiao in a bout that sent social media into a frenzy with cries of fix and corruption. If people (were) upset about this fight, I can’t wait to see the outrage when people spend ridiculous amounts of money to watch the Floyd Mayweather-Conor McGregor farce (tonight).
JAZZ & BOXING – A RELATIVE STORY
Two musicians showed up at a jam session one night. The first an old Jazzer with the same tenor sax he had played for many years, dressed in khakis, collared shirt and an old suit jacket. The second was younger, all dressed to nines, with a synthesizer connected to the new bright blue tenor sax. In addition he had an alto, soprano & bari sax, flute, clarinet, and a blues harp (harmonica), all emphasized by a expensive light show.
As the night went on, the older musician made people notice with his creativity, techinique, and experience in jazz. The other younger guy was just noticed for all the added stuff to his play.
At the end of the night, the younger players asked the older, “So, you were great – what did you think of my gear?
The older musician responded, “Great gear, but don’t you have confidence in the credibility of your music? If you did, you wouldn’t need all that! Have confidence in the product you’re playin’.”
MORAL OF THE STORY
So, I say to the boxing community, after yet another event to catch the eye of the sports and gambling world with an “spectacle,” don’t you have confidence in the credibility of your sport? If you did, you wouldn’t need a sensational spectacle to try to save your sport! Have confidence in the product you’re offering.”
Enough said. Enjoy the side-show, I mean the fight.