iiFloyd Mayweather vs Conor McGregor; An Underwhelming Farce
There has never been a fight this hyped that so few people actually care about. Think about it. Do you care who wins this fight? Do you know anyone who cares who wins this fight?
Don’t get me wrong. McGregor has a huge fanbase that cares a lot. But beyond that, I’m just not feeling the interest in this fight at the cultural level a megafight needs to live up to the claim that it will be the biggest fight of all time.
Which leads us to the five things you’re probably wrong about regarding “Mayweather vs. McGregor:
1. This Will Not Be the Biggest Fight of All Time
I keep reading and hearing that Mayweather – McGregor is going to be the biggest moneymaking fight of all time. This hype is usually coming out of someone associated with the fight’s mouth, a media source that reprinted a news release or Brendan Schaub’s piehole, but that don’t make it so.
We’re two days away from fight night and the arena still isn’t sold out. Mayweather-Pacquiao, which had a low tickets price of $4,000, sold out weeks before the fight. Mayweather – McGregor tickets are still available at around $1,000 and dropping.
I have a personal acquaintance that hilariously bought two tickets for $4,000 thinking he’d be able to flip them for a profit. He can’t get $4,000 for both of them on eBay at the moment.
It’s certainly not going to be the biggest gate in boxing history. And given that nobody outside of McGregor fans seems to be emotionally invested in this fight, there really isn’t a reason to believe it will break PPV records.
2. Betting just can’t be THAT robust
I have read some patently absurd claims about betting. We can’t know the actual numbers until next month, but most of what I’m reading has to be incorrect.
I’ve read bookmakers claiming they’re expecting it to be as big a day for them as the Super Bowl. These same articles tell us that 90 percent of the betting is on McGregor. So unless there is a huge tide of Floyd bettors waiting for the best possible odds to turn huge money into slightly huger money, that means we are to believe Conor McGregor is as popular as the NFL.
Not buying it.
3. It Ain’t Going to be Fixed
The reasons this fight won’t be fixed are manifold. One is that typically a fix means that the underdog wins. But if everyone is betting on the underdog and he wins, there will suddenly be a lot of bookmakers wearing fake mustaches and working at Cinnabons in malls across the country come Monday morning.
So we know it’s not fixed for McGregor. It just wouldn’t make financial sense. A McGregor win would be a crushing blow to bookmakers, legit and otherwise.
And don’t worry about a rematch. Ain’t gonna to be no rematch. If it goes the distance, which it assuredly should not, the only people in the building who will want McGregor to win will be McGregor and his fans.
Imagine Dana White explaining to his fighter why they should keep fighting in the UFC for peanuts when they can compete with elite boxers for mega-millions? That’s what a McGregor victory would do.
Really, if he even looks decent, the UFC is in trouble.
Anybody looking for the scam/angle here doesn’t need to look too deep. It’s pretty straight forward. Bookmakers are getting marks to hand them free money at a pretty good clip. That’s the long and short of it.
4. This isn’t a Fight, We Are Seeing Personified Click Bait
People want a spectacle. But they don’t want to pay too much for it. It’s just like how you want to click on a link that tells you how the cast of Degrassi looks now, but you would never pay for it. That’s classic click bait.
This fight is click bait personified. It’s why the arena isn’t sold out. It’s why the PPV numbers will probably disappoint. It’s why they’ve been forced to offer free hats and 30-days free to UFC Fight Pass for people who pre-order.
Nobody cares enough to pay an amount of money they will feel for this fight.
5. Conor McGregor is Not as Popular as They Seem to Think He Is
Conor McGregor is incredibly popular. He has a loud, loyal fan base in the millions that absolutely loves him. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve read the comment “Fook da Mayweathers” under Youtube videos recently.
But Conor McGregor is not a household name. He’s just not. He’s a superstar in MMA circles. He’s well-known to the world at large. But he’s no Muhammad Ali. He’s not even 1980’s Steve Guttenberg famous. And that’s the kind of fame you need to sell shlock like this.
McGregor fights typically draw just over two million PPV buys at a lower price point. It’s pretty well established that it’s his fans that are really forming the base of people willing to spend money on this. Mayweather is predicting five million buys.
It just doesn’t add up.