Would a Floyd Mayweather Jr. beatdown over Conor McGregor be a good or bad thing for boxing? (Radio)Written by Joseph Herron
It's currently being reported by several mainstream periodicals that future Hall of Fame prizefighter and self-proclaimed "TBE" Floyd Mayweather Jr. is back in the gym, preparing for his highly anticipated return to the ring. The 40-year-old superstar was allegedly seen earlier this week in a sparring session with an unidentified fighter.
What does this mean?
It could mean that the controversially suggested match-up between Floyd and UFC superstar Conor McGregor is very close to becoming a stark reality.
Would the culmination of May/Mac eventually prove to be a negative or positive for the sport that originally made the athlete formerly known as "PBF" a very wealthy man?
Former opponent and Hall of Fame puncher Oscar De la Hoya genuinely believes the undertaking would undoubtedly be detrimental to the sport's mainstream growth and appeal.
"...If you thought Mayweather/Pacquiao was a black eye for our sport, a matchup between two of the best pound-for-pound fighters that simply didn't deliver, just wait until the best boxer of a generation dismantles someone who has never boxed competitively at any level, amateur or professional," stated boxing's Golden Boy in a recently published press release. "Our sport might not ever recover."
Since DLH's open-letter to the boxing public was released on May 26, many prizefighters and boxing insiders have surprisingly come to the defense of the former pound for pound king, claiming that the fan clamored event would actually provide a push in overall popularity.
On the latest edition of FightSaga Radio, three-decade fight trainer James Gogue shared his thoughts on the hotly debated special event.
"Look, if everyone were talking about Canelo vs. Conor McGregor, Oscar would be pumping it up as if it were the greatest match-up since Ali vs. Foreman," Gogue stated on the Friday edition of FightSaga Radio. "He's just sore that he won't be getting a cut of the proceeds like he enjoyed when he was promoting Floyd's events in the past."
"Was Canelo vs. Chavez Jr. good for the sport? Did that fight live up to its billing? Did fans feel good about spending $70 after twelve rounds of that farce? Oscar really should focus on what he's doing, and stop worrying about what's happening across the street."
Although Gogue agrees the proposed Boxing/UFC match-up is "a farce" and "a colossal mismatch", the insightful trainer and boxing manager makes the claim that a dominant Floyd Mayweather performance could actually be a huge "positive" for sweet science, and consequently silence the sport's longtime detractors.
"If Mayweather goes in there and stretches Conor McGregor, gives him that ass-whooping that everyone expects him to, it could result in a dramatic rise in the positive perception of the sport among mainstream and casual fans, which is what boxing desperately needs right now."
"The uneducated fight fan would finally realize what we within the boxing world have known for a very long time...that Floyd is the most gifted fighter of his generation. Even at 40 years of age and a long stretch of inactivity, Mayweather should be able to have his way with Conor and make him look silly in the ring."
"Boxing could actually experience a resurgence of big-time commercial popularity if people finally started giving these prizefighters more credit for their skill level."
Which opinion will play out most accurately later this year?
Would a mismatch between Floyd and Conor be a long term detriment to the sport of boxing, or a much needed shot-in-the-arm?
Until the proposed event actually materializes, fans and critics alike will have to wait for their projected ripple effect.
Listen to James Gogue and Joseph Herron discuss Mayweather vs McGregor and its implcations for boxing.
For those who missed the live show, the audio player is embedded at the bottom of the page and will remain there after the program.