The recent press conference promoting the August 26 boxing match between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and UFC star Conor McGregor featured so much profanity it made dirty rap songs sound like Gospel music. Then again, as expected, the fighters’ antics and utter lack of decorum raked in so much attention from the social media.
In stark contrast, the video clip released by Golden Boy Promotions relative to the September 16 brawl between middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin and Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez was relegated to the backseat. The video clip simply shows Alvarez unloading some mean body punches and Golovkin working on the punching bag. No insults were traded as Alvarez and Golovkin simply showed that they are training in earnest for their highly-anticipated showdown.
Truth be told, from the moment Mayweather announced that he was taking on McGregor in August, it was clear that the former pound-for-pound king wanted to steal some thunder from the Golovkin-Alvarez fight which was to take place a month later. This is typical of Mayweather who in the past had “gatecrashed” some of the big fights of Manny Pacquiao. Instead of having the attention of boxing fans zeroed in on Golovkin-Alvarez, Mayweather offered a diversion with his circus of a fight opposite McGregor.
It should be stressed that Mayweather-McGregor will be strictly fought under boxing rules and is not the crossover match some fans hope it will be. McGregor will not be allowed to use any grappling or takedown maneuver and stands to be sued if he follows this path. McGregor has no boxing experience and is trying to sell the fight using his innate brashness.
Oscar De La Hoya, the former world champion and now head honcho of Golden Boy Promotions, has called on fans to boycott Mayweather-McGregor. Golovkin, for his part, labeled the bout as nothing more than a “commercial” fight.
On the surface, it may sound that De La Hoya and Golovkin are just jealous of the attention Mayweather-McGregor is generating, but there is really a need to drive home the point that the real boxing fight worth looking forward to is Golovkin-Alvarez. De La Hoya is simply calling on the genuine fans of pro boxing to rally behind him and help in unmasking the charade that is Mayweather-McGregor.
Make no mistake, pro boxing has had its share of charades; from that night in 1975 when a depressed George Foreman took on five men in one hour to the 1990s when super heavyweight Butterbean was parading himself as the ‘King of Four Rounders.” These days, boxing’s pay-per-view subscriptions have taken a noticeable dive, what with the stinker that was the Mayweather-Pacquiao fight in 2015.
Golovkin-Alvarez comes in as a breath of fresh air in a polluted environment. The fight presents two boxers who have cleaned up their turfs, leaving just the two of them to settle the score. It took quite some time to bring Golovkin and Alvarez together in the ring and the pairing deserves nothing less than the full attention of boxing fans. Overpriced and underperforming fighters have ruined boxing’s mano y mano credo and this is what Golovkin and Alvarez are trying to refute.
Suffice it to say, the attention Mayweather-McGregor has been receiving is an insult to those who really know and follow the fight game. Alvarez-Golovkin is the real fight and the one that can truly save the sport of boxing.
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