In a week’s time across the sports landscape, that which is globally accepted as fake proved far more honest than a major professional league struggling to admit what it really is.
The cases of Canelo Alvarez and Conor McGregor connect in a way that those who will ultimately decide their fates are well aware of the financial jackpots both represent.
No one can deny the level of worldwide enthusiasm Saturday delivered. Boxing has never been dead, and perhaps it even gained more popularity with the Floyd Mayweather-Conor McGregor fight.
If those prop bets about Conor McGregor landing one more punch than a dead man even come close to cashing, the last acceptable response from a paying public should be displeasure.
Should he resort to MMA tactics and be disqualified Saturday against Floyd Mayweather, Conor McGregor reportedly could lose 90 percent of a $75 million purse.
It was three months ago when Mark Kriegel, an accomplished boxing author whose works include “The Good Son: The Life of Ray ‘Boom Boom’ Mancini,” predicted to me how the buildup to a Floyd Mayweather-Conor McGregor fight would eventually turn.
The excitement around a Sergey Kovalev-Andre Ward rematch was modest, so losing headlines to another bout days before the fight hardly did those involved any favors.
Boxing’s history is defined by characters, and a Floyd Mayweather Jr. against Conor McGregor fight would offer a bonanza of them.
Some disappointments are too profound to hide, so there is no use trying to minimize the effect losing the co-main event between Khabib Nurmagomedov and Tony Ferguson had on UFC 209.
Former light heavyweight champion Rashad Evans never stopped craving for his next challenge long enough to digest the ones that helped define his greatness.