TORONTO — The biggest story in boxing last week, which was the biggest story to hit in boxing in several years, was not about a boxer.
UFC star Conor McGregor agreed to an August fight against Floyd Mayweather, who is one of the best boxers of all time. It will be an absurdly lucrative affair, the rare boxing match that crosses into mainstream sports appeal, and it will be hyped like no other and launch a thousand hot takes.
It also has no business happening. For all his abilities in the UFC octagon, McGregor, in trying to match a world-class boxer, might as well be wrestling a bear.
But, put enough money at stake, and authorities will allow such a match to happen. McGregor-Mayweather is James J. Braddock against Max Baer, but updated for this century.
Julio Cortez / Associated PressIn this Nov. 9, 2016 file photo, Conor McGregor gestures to fans while working out at Madison Square Garden in New York City.
At the opposite end of the boxing-spectacle scale is the event that took place in Edmonton on Friday, a card in which Tim Hague, a former UFC fighter himself, took a severe beating in the ring and later died. Hague, 34, a …read more
Source:: National Post – Sports