The Posts George Willis sickened by racist McGregor / homophobic Mayweather nonsense

The only fools who like the embarrassment that is the Conor McGregor - Floyd Mayweather disgrace are the dumbest of MMA fans and the folks who in one way or another work with or for CBS / Showtime. The Posts George Willis had a piece yesterday, 'The Mayweather-McGregor farce is ruining boxing,' that is right on the mark.

Well, after four stops of the Mayweather-McGregor world tour, it is time to cringe. Mayweather-McGregor quickly has turned into some kind of bad vaudeville act resorting to gutter language to promote a bout that everyone already knows about. It is billed as a boxing match. But what we’ve seen so far has little to do with boxing.


During the press conference to promote the PBC on FOX event, there were no profanities exchanged, no vulgarities or homophobic slurs shouted, no race baiting and no calling network executives weasels. Instead, those fighting on Saturday’s card on Long Island were complimentary towards their opponents and looked forward to displaying their skills. That is what boxing has been about 99.9 percent of the time.

The Mayweather-McGregor World Tour actually might have done more harm than good. About the only thing it accomplished was to display how crass the two fighters could be to one another. Two world tour stops would have been plenty. These are fighters, not nightclub acts.

The first one in Los Angeles was business-like. The second in Toronto turned more personal. The third stop in Brooklyn bordered on disgusting, and the final leg in London was a like a bad act in need of new material.

McGregor actually was booed at Barclays Center when he made a vulgar gyration for his “black female fans,” then Mayweather went to the gutter by calling McGregor a homophobic slur in London. It was more WWE than boxing and even was over the top for UFC, which can get raunchy in its build-ups.

Once the Mayweather-McGregor tour, which covered 14,000 miles through three countries, was completed, an estimated 50,000 fans in attendance and millions watching on social media witnessed two bullies acting like high school rivals.

And let’s be real: If you’re a casual sports fan not familiar with combat sports, why would you be drawn to any of this after listening to Mayweather and McGregor last week?

Yes, it might turn out to be the richest boxing event of all time because there are enough MMA fans who love everything McGregor and curious boxing fans to do big business. But this is a novelty and not a referendum on boxing or MMA.

Sure, there have been plenty of trash-talkers in boxing, but there is a line that isn’t often crossed, and when it is, there are repercussions. Angel Garcia, the father of Danny Garcia, found that out when he uttered a string of B-words and N-words at Keith Thurman during a presser at the Barclays Center. The elder Garcia was hauled in front of the New York State Athletic Commission and nearly lost the chance to work his son’s corner.

Truth is there were way more UFC fans at the Mayweather-McGregor press conferences. They’re used to the orchestrated trash talk. It is part of that sport’s appeal. Boxing needs to hold itself to a higher standard.

Showtime must be proud.

[NY Post]

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