Monthly Archives: September 2018

Mayweather Fighters Hundreds of Millions of Dollars

We know the date: Aug. 26. We know the location: Las Vegas. We know the broadcaster: Showtime. That’s the extent of the details that have been made public about this summer’s blockbuster fight between the boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. and the mixed martial arts fighter Conor McGregor.

“The deal is done, and now all the business will be handled,” Dana ms and the vanity terms,” Hershman said.

“I don’t use vanity in any sort of pejorative way,” he added, but rather to describe negotiations over issues like who will enter the arena first, how big the entourages will be and who will appear on the left and right sides of promotional posters. “There are conventional norms to that if titles are at stake. But if there are not, or it is a unique event, you have to negotiate all of that.”

But for a fight of this magnitude, which will generate a huge amount of money, the commercial and financial terms are what matter. So how much money are we talking about here?

“If I had to guess, I think this fight could generate somewhere in the neighborhood of $400 million,” Kery Davis, a former senior vice president at HBO Sports, said. “I do believe there is a huge segment of the populace who are combat fans or who are just sports fans, who are going to be interested in seeing this spectacle.”

Floyd Mayweather Jr. takes on Conor McGregor in August

Lovers of sports spectacles can rejoice: The long-rumored super-fight between undefeated boxing great Floyd Mayweather Jr. and mixed martial arts champion Conor McGregor has been made official. Yahoo Sports reports the two men will face each other in a boxing match on August 26 in Las Vegas. The 40-year-old Mayweather will end a 23-month retirement to face McGregor, the 28-year-old Irishman who went from being a rookie in the Ultimate Fighting Championship to the biggest star in the history of mixed martial arts in just a few years. According to ESPN, McGregor first suggested the idea of a cross-sport superfight with Mayweather on Conan O’Brien’s talk show back in 2015. It wasn’t until McGregor won the UFC lightweight belt last November, however, that the fantasy started to become a reality.

Mayweather is considered the heavy favorite going into the fight, though regardless of the outcome McGregor’s paycheck promises to be by far the biggest of his career. According to the New York Times, Mayweather’s 2015 fight with Manny Pacquiao drew nearly 4.5 million viewers through pay-per-view. McGregor’s biggest pay-per-view draw to date drew 1.6 million. Forbes reports each fighter could take home more than $100 million for the fight. The two men will meet at the light-middleweight limit of 154 pounds, which bodes well for McGregor, who is currently the UFC’s 155-pound champion. Mayweather, meanwhile, won one of the biggest fights of his life when he jumped up in weight to fight Oscar de la Hoya for the 154-pound belt in 2007. Mayweather walked into that fight 10 pounds lighter than his opponent.

WBO fight goes to the end, Australian Jeff Horn gets unanimous decision

  It went all the way and ended in a contentiously bitter loss, the opposite of the outcome Manny Pacquiao’s handlers predicted for his WBO welterweight world title fight against Jeff Horn. Pacquiao’s long-time trainer Freddie Roach tipped a “short and sweet” knockout win for the 11-time world champion in Sunday’s so-called Battle of Brisbane, but Horn got a unanimous points decision in his first world title fight—delighting the 51,000-strong crowd at his hometown Suncorp Stadium, a record for Australian boxing. The 38-year-old Philippines senator arrived in Brisbane a week ahead of the fight with a chartered plane carrying more than a hundred supporters and as the hot favorite to beat Horn, reports the AP. He leaves without the WBO belt. All three judges awarded it to Horn, with Waleska Roldan scoring it 117-111 and both Chris Flores and Ramon Cerdan scoring it 115-113.

Some critics slammed it as a hometown decision, saying statistics had Pacquiao landing twice the number of power punches as Horn. “That’s the decision of the judges. I respect that,” Pacquiao was quoted as saying by ESPN. “We have a rematch clause, so no problem.” But Pacquiao’s conditioning trainer, former Australian heavyweight Justin Fortune, was critical of the referee and the judging. “Manny lost the fight, but Jeff Horn looks like a pumpkin. Those scores, that card? It should be the other way,” he said. Roach had said earlier in the week that he’d think about advising Pacquiao to retire if he lost the fight, but they’re already considering a rematch. Pacquiao’s camp had talked about a rematch with Mayweather if he got past Horn, hoping to avenge his loss on points in the 2015 mega fight. That seems to be a distant chance now.

Surfing Orgs Fight Over Stand-Up Paddleboarding

Ending an argument we’re sure has happened at least once on a slow afternoon in a bar somewhere, a court will finally decide whether stand-up paddleboarding is closer to surfing or canoeing. The New York Times reports the Court of Arbitration for Sport has been asked to settle a dispute between the International Surfing Association and International Canoe Federation, both of which are fighting for control of the increasingly popular sport of stand-up paddleboarding, or SUP. The battle for control of SUP has become more urgent as the Olympics is considering adding it to future games.

The ISA argues SUP is performed on a board, like surfing; it also claims it’s been holding SUP competitions for years, Deadspin reports. The ICF counters that SUP uses a paddle. “Propulsion using a paddle is basically canoeing,” the ICF secretary general says. “Standing up or sitting down is irrelevant.” But the ISA claims the ICF is trying to jump on the bandwagon. “We have a track record of doing this,” Reuters quotes the ISA president as saying. “At the ICF now there is an interest of how they can be part of the popularity of the sport.” The ISA calls itself “the historical rightful custodian” of SUP, and the ICF claims its opponent has rejected all offers of compromise. No date has been set for the court’s decision.