Sen. John McCain, who died Saturday after a lengthy battle with brain cancer, sat at ringside for many famous championship fights in Las Vegas. In 1998, he also introduced the Muhammad Ali Boxing Reform Act which helped protect prizefighters from being exploited.
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.
If you’re an action junkie like me, Nevada is the only place to be this weekend.
A William Hill bettor placed a $1.2 million wager on Floyd Mayweather on Thursday, and a Bellagio bettor made a $1 million wager on the undefeated boxer.
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.
The fantasy that so many thought was a pipe dream is about to become a huge reality — and one of the biggest sporting spectacles of 2017 right here in Las Vegas — when Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor meet Aug. 26.
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.